LAGOS State government has warned members of the public to desist from giving alms to beggars in order to curtail and totally eradicate the social scourge. The state government said it was committed to eradicating the menace of street beggars and destitute on Lagos roads, adding that policies and plans geared towards achieving this feat were already yielding positive results. Speaking on the monthly report of the activities of destitute and beggars in the state, the Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf said the recent report based on the data collated indicated that the activities of destitute and beggars were on a downward trend. According to her, “Considering where we were before and where we are now as shown by the statistics, it is evident that we are making progress. With this, we are confident that if we continue the relentless implementation of our plans in this regard, the menace of street beggers and destitute will be completely eradicated from our State.” Akinbile-Yussuf also averred that government would continue its rescue operations of innocent children used by some beggars to perpetrate their illegal acts, adding that the government also intended to rehabilitate arrested beggars and destitute at some of its training centres across the state. She therefore appealed for cooperation with the government by giving alms to the less privileged in the society only through registered charity homes and other such organizations in order to curtail and totally eradicate the social scourge.

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