By Musa Sunusi Ahmad
The Kogi State Government has repatriated 78 beggars and the mentally derailed to five northern states in the country.
They were repatriated to Katsina, Kaduna, Kano, Bauchi, and Zamfara States, according to the Kogi State government.
Addressing journalists on Tuesday morning, the Kogi State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Fatima Kabir Buba said they were evacuated from different parts of Lokoja metropolis which include Old Market, Zango, Ganaja village, and Obasanjo square.
The Commissioner noted that the evacuation was not done to discriminate but to rid the street of beggars roaming the state capital.
She assured that the state government under the leadership of His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello, will not relent in its effort in getting beggars off the streets.
“The state government made adequate arrangements to ensure that they are transported to their respective location with utmost respect and dignity. Before the government transported them back to their home states and Local Government of origin with six buses, we took them first to the Ministry Rehabilitation Center, fed them and provided all the basic needs that will enable them start normal life like every other Nigerian in the country.
“This government is committed to cater for every citizen even though you are not from Kogi State. This action of ours should not be misconstrued. The government under the leadership of Alhaji Yahaya Bello remains committed to providing for the less privileged without any form of discrimination in the state” she stated.