Enuguâ€” Mrs Clara Chime,Â wife of Enugu State governor, has warned beggars to stay offÂ the streets or face arrest and prosecution.
Chime gave the warning, yesterday in Enugu while presenting gifts and money to some beggars arrested for parading major streets of the state.
According to her, â€œbegging is not a good thing. I will give you money to go and start petty trading. I will also give you clothes for you and your children.
â€œIf I catch you on the streets again, I will arrest and jail you. The annoying thing is that none of you is a destitute person because you all have houses.â€
She criticised them for exposing their children to danger.
In her remarks, the Commissioner for Gender Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Ndidi Chukwu, recalled that the ministry had been taking the beggars off the streets only for them to return.
Chukwu appealed to them to make good use of the money given to them so that they would be useful to themselves and the society.
The governorâ€™s wife presented a cash of N20,000 to each of the 15 beggars as well as wrappers and insecticide- treated nets,Â after feeding them for two days at the Government Lodge.
Fourteen of the beggars, who came from Ebonyi, were repatriated to their state, while the one from Awgu in Enugu State was given a job in her pet project.