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Tackling street begging in Borno

The Borno State government has placed a ban on all street begging, loitering and gallivanting within and around Maiduguri metropolis and Jere local government area.…

The Borno State government has placed a ban on all street begging, loitering and gallivanting within and around Maiduguri metropolis and Jere local government area.

Professor Usman Tar, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, in a public notice, said street begging and aimless loitering were not part of the culture and character of Borno people; we are defined people.” 

However, there are so many factors that instigate people to beg, which include socio-economic factors, lack of access to education or employment opportunities, mental health issues and drug addiction.

Street beggars are often individuals facing extreme poverty, homelessness or other challenging circumstances. It is, therefore, essential to approach the issue with compassion and focus when addressing the root causes.

To reduce the dilemma that these beggars would face due to the harsh economic conditions of the country, the state government should invest in rehabilitation centres and counselling services to help them overcome their challenges and reintegrate into society.

It should also establish or strengthen social welfare programmes that provide financial aid, food and shelter to those in need, as well as provide access to education and vocational training.

The government needs to collaborate with NGOs, community and international organisations and law enforcement agencies to develop and implement sustainable strategies.

 The government can also work with businesses to create employment opportunities specifically targeted at individuals who are engaged in street begging. This can include job placement programmes, skill development initiatives and incentives for businesses to hire individuals from vulnerable populations.

 

Paulina Paulus  Purakino, Department of Mass Communication, University of Maiduguri  

 

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