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19 Aug 2017

'We Are Dying Of Hunger' Beggars Return To Streets In Kano Against Governor's Order

Many beggars in Kano have
returned to their businesses in spite of a state government order in
2016 which banned street begging.

Our correspondent who visited some streets in the state capital on
Friday, reports that many beggars were seen on the streets, including
Sabo Bakin Zuwo road leading to the
Kano Government House. .

Some of the beggars who
spoke to NAN said they
returned to the streets because they were dying of hunger.

Malam Adamu Babale, said he came to Kano daily from his village to beg
for money to cater for his family.

He said if he had a trade to
engage in he would not have
returned to street begging. A female beggar Malama
Batula Sa'idu, explained though complied with the order banning
begging in the state, but could not help but beg once in a while.

The management of the state Hisbah Board said they usually conduct a
surveillance aimed at arresting beggars and charge them to court.

The Director-General of Hisbah, Alhaji Abba Sufi, told NAN that the
agency arrested the beggars because the state had earlier empowered
them before banning the act. He expressed concern that though some of
the beggars had invested in the trade they were empowered, yet they
were not satisfied.

Sufi, however, warned beggars to desist from the act, saying that the
board would soon strengthen its surveillance with
a view to prosecuting those of them found disobeying the law banning begging .

Kano State Government banned street begging about a year ago after
empowering thousands of street beggars in various trades

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