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Soludo rids Awka of beggars, hawkers

. As task force raids streets, markets

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In his continued effort to restore sanity to Anambra State,  Governor Chukwuma Soludo has raised a team to rid Awka, the state capital of roadside beggars and underage hawkers.

The enforcement team, led by the Commissioner for Women Affairs, Mrs. Ify Obinabo in collaboration with the Operation Clean and Healthy Anambra, OCHA Brigade, on Wednesday visited the popular Aroma Junction where beggars usually sit in queues under the fly-over bridge, Unizik Junction, Amawbia flyover, Eke Awka market.

Other places visited include Zik’s Avenue; Arthur Eze Avenue, among other places, where they arrested no fewer than 30 beggars and underage hawkers.

Also taken off the streets during the exercise were underage hawkers operating and selling sachet water, drinks and other goods along the various streets and markets around the Awka metropolis.

Recall that the past state governments of Peter Obi and Willie Obiano had during administration made an effort to rid the state capital of beggars and street hawkers but the exercise lasted only for a bit and collapsed as they returned double-fold.

Meanwhile, the beggars who were picked from different locations were taken to the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs at Prof. Dora Akunyili Women Development, Awka, where they are currently under the custody of the Commissioner.

Efforts to reach the Commissioner to know the next plan of action and what the State Government plans to do with the evacuated persons failed as her mobile phone could not be reached.

But a source at the Ministry, who pleaded anonymity, said the rescued beggars and hawkers were taken to the Ministry for the purpose of proper documentation, rehabilitation and reintegration.

According to the source, the Commissioner would sustain and replicate the initiative in other parts of the state till Anambra streets and markets are rid of beggars and underage hawkers.

He said the effort will help reduce the increasing number of out-of-school children and beggars in the state, while also helping in the actualization of Soludo’s vision to make Anambra a clean, healthy, green, livable and prosperous homeland in every sense of it.


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