The Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, has given directives to the Ministry of Social Welfare, Children and Women Affairs, to find an immediate solution to end street begging in Anambra state.
The Commissioner, Lady Ndidi stated that the state’s responsiveness to non-indigenes remains intact, while she bemoaned at the spate of begging in its major streets, a development that has marred the environmental sanity of the state.
The Commissioner who expressed sadness at the use of under-aged kids for begging, warned that the state government has geared up to prosecute anyone, who uses minors for alms begging.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Social Welfare Children and Women Affairs, Dr. Dan Ezeanwu, said that the meeting was a proactive step that portrays Anambra State as a liberal environment that believes in residential rights of the citizens.
During the interactive section proffered solutions includes, creation of a structure for the repatriation of beggars to their home states, end illegal task force on beggars, creating a strategic empowerment method for beggars, as well as vocational, training and rehabilitation programmes, among others.
Leader, Non-indigenes Association of Anambra State, Igwe Amos Nkwuda, commended Anambra State Government for choosing to interact with them instead of resorting to definitive actions.