Senate Committee orders evacuation of beggars, hawkers from Abuja
Posted by News Express | 24 February 2017 | 1,918 times
•Street beggars at work in Abuja. Photo: Channels TV.
The Senate Committee on the Federal Capital Territory has directed security agencies in Abuja to clear the city of beggars, hawkers and commercial sex workers.
Briefing journalists at the National Assembly, the Chairman of the committee, Senator Dino Melaye, said the evacuated persons would be taken to a rehabilitation centre in Bwari before they are sent to their respective states.
“We also (last week) summoned the Commissioner of Police of the FCT, and the Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps because we are (as a committee and the Senate, we are appalled with the security situation in Abuja.
“We are very uncomfortable with the number of hoodlums on our streets in Abuja.
“You have beggars, destitute and commercial sex workers spread across every nook and cranny of the city.
“We have also asked the FCT to immediately put in order, the rehabilitation camp in Bwari that has been specifically and specially built for those arrested on the streets,” the lawmaker said.
Senator Melaye also announced plans by the committee to transfer the maintenance of street lights and environmental cleaning to banks and corporate organisations.
He noted that the banks are to take over the cleaning of streets in the city centre, as well as maintaining public facilities as part of their corporate social responsibility. (Channels TV)