Beggars in Ibadan have reportedly returned to Mokola roundabout and different locations the place they initially occupied within the metropolis earlier than they had been relocated by the Oyo State Government.
Many of the beggars had been seen sitting down whereas a few of their kids had been enjoying at Mokola roundabout a couple of days after the state authorities moved them to a particular facility.
The beggars’ spokesperson, Sagire Yusuf advised Vanguard News that his folks didn’t reject the state authorities’s provide to take them off the streets to a particular facility.
He, nonetheless, lamented that it restricted their freedom.
“My people are complaining that their freedom is restricted. Why some people have not gone is because they are blind and they need assistance before they can go there. But, they promised to go there tomorrow.
“As for those people you saw at Mokola, that’s where they live. People know them there. That’s where they get money. That doesn’t mean they don’t want to go. The state government has done well for us by providing necessary facilities,” he mentioned.
It was learnt that the beggars are frightened that they might starve when the state authorities stops offering meals for them.
But at main streets and junctions the place that they had stayed for years, some church buildings usually go there with meals for beggars.
And that’s beside the alms they get from passersby.
SaharaReporters earlier reported that Oyo State Government had commenced the evacuation of beggars from some elements of Ibadan, the state capital, to a resettlement facility.
According to the federal government, the evacuation of the beggars from the Jemibewon space to a resettlement facility in Akinyele began on Tuesday, June 15, 2021.
Beggars, over time, had been residing round shanties on Jemibewon Road within the Sabo space of Ibadan, which is a Hausa/Fulani settlement within the metropolis.
The authorities, nonetheless, just lately mentioned it had commenced evacuation of the beggars to the newly constructed Akinyele Resettlement Centre.