Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA has cautioned beggars in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, to keep off the street of Abuja, saying that their presence constitute a nuisance in the territory.
Speaking during the presentation of food items to the less privileged in Abuja, the permanent Secretary, FCTA, Dr Babatope Azakaye, said the FCT administration has set up mechanism to ensure that the less privileged in the territory are adequately taken care of.
Represented at the occasion by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Social Development Secretariat, SDS Mrs Alice Achu, he said the FCTA was committed to the reduction of poverty and the promotion of human development.
Presenting food items for 12 groups, she called on the leaders of the various groups to sensitise their members as well as monitor them to shun begging for alms on the streets.
Director of Administration and Finance and acting Secretary of SDS, Malam Salisu Kallamu, stated that the gesture accorded the 12 groups of the less privileged in FCT was done by the Minister of the FCT, Bello Muhammad, for the love he has for humanity.
Kallamu urged the physically challenged to abide by the rules, saying that government would be prepared to assist where necessary.
In appreciation, one of the beneficiaries, Principal of FCT Vocational rehabilitation Centre, Comrade Bala Tshoho Musa, thanked the Minister for the gesture, adding that helping the less privileged should not be left for the federal government alone, but state government and well to do individuals should be involved as well.
Some of the food items presented to the less privileged include bags of rice, cartons of vegetable oil and twelve cows. Each group went home with 5 bags of rice, 5 cartons of oil and a cow.
Some of the beneficiaries are the school for the Deaf, Kuje, Nigeria Prison Service, Kuje, FCT Children Home, Gwako, and School for the blind, Jabi, Vocational Centre, Bwari, Alheri Leper Colony, Yangoji among others.

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