Ola Ajayi, Ibadan
THE government of Oyo State has commenced the evacuation of beggars from major streets in Ibadan to the newly built Akinyele Resettlement Centre.
The destitute were picked from the shanties on Jemibewon Road, Sabo area of Ibadan.
Residents in the state have complained about the influx of these destitute from the Northern zone of the country.
The beggars are in densely populated areas like Mokola, Eleyele, Sango, Dugbe, Molete, Beere, Orita Merin and other places.
Vanguard observed that when the state government began the evacuation, some of the destitute ran to Gbaremu area close to the army barracks. They were seen in their hundreds sitting by the fence of the barracks.
Most of them are women and children of all ages.
At Sango area, the boys who displayed parts of their bodies which are disabled always run after motorists to beg for money.
The evacuation process, which started months ago, formally commenced at 7 a.m. on Tuesday following a tour of the new site by Arewa community leaders and representatives of the beggars on Saturday.
The State’s Commissioner for Environment, Barrister Idowu Oyeleke, who led the first set of evacuees to Akinyele, said that the new site is fitted with social amenities including schools, hospitals, and recreation centres.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, named other Ministries involved in the exercise to include Women Affairs and Social Inclusion, Information, Culture and Tourism, Local and Chieftaincy Matters as well as the Office of the Executive Secretary, Oyo State Security Trust Fund, headed by CP Fatai Owoseni, rtd, who is equally the Special Adviser on Security Matters to the governor.
At 8 a.m. on Tuesday, three fully loaded Pacessetter buses had left Jemibewon road for Akinyele, while others were being loaded.
When Vanguard monitored the places especially Sango on Tuesday morning, most of destitute were not there and motorists were moving unhindered.