The Federal Capital Territory Social Development Secretariat, Abuja has disclosed that excessive beggars who hide under the cover of begging to defraud innocent Nigerians, keeps threatening the lives of the Federal Capital Territory residents.
Acting Director, Social Welfare Department of the Secretariat, Alhaji Sani Amar, made this known when participants of the Senior Executive Course 44, 2022 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Jos visited the FCT Vocational and Rehabilitation Centre, Bwari, on Wednesday.
The Director, therefore, called on neighbouring States of the FCT, particularly those at its northern borders to put in place policies that would discourage the brewing of street begging, as the FCT ends up being at the receiving end of the consequences of the menace
He lamented the alarming influx of beggars into the Federal Territory Capital in recent times.
The Director also blamed the ugly trend on the unending insecurity in some States of the North, describing the situation as overwhelming.
Amar frowned at the United Nation’s Human Rights act, which prohibits the detention of arrested persons beyond three days, noting that, such provisions had also served as catalyst for the swelling number of beggars in the city.
He explained further that, the Secretariat had been struggling to keep the streets of Abuja free of beggars and destitutes lately, but its efforts had not yielded the desired result.
He expressed concern that before now, its officials usually arrested between 20 and 25 beggars during routine exercise.
Amar, however, said that the situation had changed drastically as officials of the secretariat were now arresting over 100 beggars and destitutes in one single operation.
He stressed the need for the Federal Government and the Council of States to act fast by pushing for a legislation that would criminalise begging
Amar also referenced the United Nations Human Right act, that says you can’t detain human being beyond three days and then couple with the fact that feeding them is costly, so these people have made it a business.
He reiterated that, there was need for Government to see if the Council of States can do something about this influx, so that States responsible can provide succour for the beggars.