By AbduSalam Muhammad
Hundreds of physically challenged persons staged a peaceful protest in Kano,Wednesday,over a bill before the state House of Assembly seeking to ban street begging.
Chanting Allahu Akbar, the protesters under the name ‘Association of Disable persons’ comprising of the blind, deaf, dumb and lepers matched from the premises of state High Court to the state House of Assembly.
Kano’s city centres are doted with beggers, who have faced a back lash from islamic clerics who repeatedly claim begging is anti-islam.
The bill prohibiting street begging in Kano has been passed into law by the state House of Assembly and barring any last minute change, Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso is set to append his signature before the week runs out. The bill among other things stipulates N10,000 fine for violators.
A letter submitted by the protesting beggars to the State Assembly titled “Request for the reconsideration of the bill that bans street begging” and obtained by Vanguard argued that “there is need for the establishment of a Disable Persons Commission in Kano to cater for the need of persons with disabilities”.
The association further called on the Kano state Government to also consider the rights stipulated by the United Nations such as the right to life, equality and non discrimination amongst others.