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Kano evacuates destitutes from streets

KANO — The Kano State government has concluded plans to evacuate Almajiri (destitutes) from the state to their states and countries of origin, in its bid to discourage street begging that has constituted serious menace in the state.

“All necessary arrangements are on top gear to ban street begging in the state and as such, we have commenced the evacuation of Almajiri from the streets in our effort to send them back to their respective states of origin,” said Hisbah Commander-General, Malam Aminu Ibrahim Daurawa.

Investigations indicated that over 65 per cent of the Almajiri roaming the streets of Kano may not be indigenes of the state.

Speaking to reporters, yesterday, in Kano, Malam Daurawa confirmed that the government was ready to send an Executive Bill to the state House of Assembly to enact a law that would ban all forms of street begging in the state.

He, however, described as embarrassing, a situation whereby deported street beggars from abroad are taken straight to Malam Aminu Kano International Airport, “ and their assumption is that all black street beggars are from Kano.”

Meantime, the Kano State Refuse Management and Sanitation Board, REMASAB, said the board has evacuated more than 120, 000 tons of refuse monthly within the last three months.

According to the board’s Managing Director, Alhaji Abdullahi Bichi, who spoke in Kano yesterday, said about 4, 000 tones of refuse are being evacuated from Kano streets on daily basis.

He noted that his board intensified efforts on evacuating heaps refuse both from the roads and drainage to avoid flooding during this rainy season.




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