Kano, the capital city of Kano State , northern Nigeria is known as one of the major cities where beggars are found in every corner of the streets. Their presence is felt in every area of the city and is described by some as a menace to the state.
Dr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso the governor of Kano state has made cleansing Kano of street beggars part of his transformational campaign.
According to his special adviser on The Disabled Matters, Alhaji Usman Yusuf Usman, about 500 beggars have already been registered into the special empowerment scheme for the disabled, destitute and the less privileged. He further said that the idea was born out of Kwankwazo’s determination to touch all segments of the society in his desire to give Kano and its indigenes a new breath of life in terms of dividends of democracy and socio-economic development.
Special Task-force from the office of the governor is taking the no-beggar-on-the-street campaign to all the nooks and crannies within Kano metropolis, and within the next few months, I assure you that if you come to Kano, you will not find any beggar in the street Usman said.
Great move you may say, however, Nigeria and Nigerians being what we are, can this program stand the test of time? Are there not going to be distractions and diversions of the funds made for purpose to individual accounts? More questions than answers.
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