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LASG Clears Roads of Beggars and Other Persons

Consistent with its announcement to rid Lagos of environmental nuisance, the State Ministry of Youth and Social Development has started ridding the streets of homeless and destitute people.

In an activity labeled "Salvage Operation" undertaken by a special group of the Rescue and Rehabilitation division of the Ministry, as a team with the Police, Man 'O' War and different volunteers, significant roads and markets in Mushin, Fadeyi, Yaba, Lekki and Sabo spaces of Lagos were visited. Beggars and other vulnerable people were rescued from sidewalks, underneath bridges, uncompleted buildings and other places unfit for human dwelling.

On this exercise, Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mr. Olusegun Dawodu said "“As a responsible and responsive government, the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu led-administration will not fold its arms and watch the State become a haven for beggars.”

“Street begging is a social vice that we cannot afford to watch attain uncontrollable level before we act; otherwise, all the good plans and programs to transform our dear State would be adversely affected, which is same with street hawking.”

At the close of the exercise, the Head of Rehabilitation and Rescue Department, Mrs. Olutoyin Jaiyeola disclosed that about 128 persons, male and female, mentally challenged persons, destitute and beggars were rescued by the team from different areas of the State.

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