11 April 2021 By Remi Johnson
The Federal Capital Terriory Administration (FCTA) has apprehended over 150 beggars as part of its renewed commitment to rid the city center of nuisance.
Chairman,Ministerial Taskforce on City Sanitation, Mr Ihkaro Attah made the disclosure while briefing newsmen after a combined operation with other relavant agencies in Abuja.
Attah stated that the FCTA observed with dismay the increasing number of beggars in the city throughout the Ramadan period due to high level of alms giving and charity by individuals and corporate organisations.
” In the last two days over 150 beggars have been apprehended across the city and more arrest is still going on,” Attah said.
He explained that those apprehended were taken to the Bwari Area Council Center for Rehabilitation, adding that FCT has a functional rehabilitation and training centre for such persons.
” Sadly, very few of them stay there and get full rehabilitation, as many of them run away while others request to be allowed to go back to their states.
” But what is very fundamental and cardinal is that some of this persons were brought by other persons into the FCT. You will see young people guarding blind aged men, we felt that this is not what the city should be.
” We also felt for them that is why the FCTA is investing resources to train them. However, we are targeting very strongly the syndicate that always bring them into Abuja in large numbers from states across the country.
” We realized that the syndicate drop them at strategic positions in town to make money for them. The FCT is going all out to get them and ensure that they are prosecuted.
On his part, Mr Kaka Bello, Head of Monitoring and Inspection, AEPB, said begging was nuisance related, adding that AEPB was determined to rid the city of all kinds of environmental nuisance.
” We have a matching order by the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello to ensure that the movement of beggars within the city is checked