Social workers in Osun have arrested about 17 beggars in the last one week in an exercise to get them off the streets, a government official, Mr. Biyi Odunlade, said in Osogbo on Thursday.
Odunlade, who is the Special Adviser to the governor on Youths, Sports and Special Needs, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the move was necessary because of the increasing number of beggars in Osogbo.
NAN reported that the beggars comprised the destitute, the mentally ill, jobless youths, the elderly, women and miscreants.
Odunlade, who expressed dissatisfaction with the ugly development, said the state government had resolved to rid the streets of beggars by rehabilitating and resettling them.
He said government could not just chase off the people from the streets without providing alternative means of livelihood, hence the need to tread softly.
He said, “We are not in a hurry to carry out this exercise because of the need to put adequate measures in place such as where we can put them till they relocate to join their families.
“This is why we have started to prepare temporary rehabilitation centres known as traffic camps. We now have one in Ilobu where those arrested are kept and fed.”