sent to their home states, some of the 113 beggars and lunatics removed
from the streets of Port-Harcourt, the capital city. And the state has
warned it will soon embark on another removal exercise.
Chairman of the committee, Mr Mina Jamabo, said of the 113 beggars,
destitute and lunatics
said that non-indigenes had since been repatriated to their various
states, while the indigenes would be treated by the government until
they were fit to re-unite with their families.
Jambo did not give the figure of the destitute sent to their home states.
Stella Toby, Permanent Secretary in the state’s Ministry of Social
Welfare and Rehabilitation however unfurled government fresh plans to
remove beggars and destitute from streets in the state.
She made the announcement in an interview with newsmen in Port Harcourt on Monday.
said that beggars, destitute and mentally-ill people were constituting
problems on some major streets and roads in the state.
the State Government had set up a special committee charged with the
responsibility of restoring sanity on major areas of the state.
of the beggars are from neighbouring states and I can assure you that
they will be removed from the streets and repatriated back to their
respective states,” she said.
A similar exercise by the Lagos
State Government recently generated bad blood between Governor Raji
Fashola and Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State. Fashola’s government
had sent home 14 rehabilitated destitute to Onitsha in Anambra state.
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