Opinions & Features June 07, 2019 at 10:00 am

These 3 major African cities have banned child begging

Mildred Europa Taylor | Head of Content

Mildred Europa Taylor June 07, 2019 at 10:00 am

June 07, 2019 at 10:00 am | Opinions & Features

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Kano, Nigeria

Street begging and child begging, in particular, are very prevalent in the northern parts of Nigeria.
However, on May 20, 2013, Rabi’u Kwankwaso, Governor of Kano state announced a ban on this menace in Kano. In this regard, he signed into law the Street Begging Prohibition Bill 2013. The law is expected to stop begging in streets and other public places. According to reports, to mitigate the effect of the law, the Kano state government announced that it will train 2,205 people with disabilities in various entrepreneurship skills and give monthly allowances to those with disabilities who lack the means to engage in any trade. Around 2010, there were more than two million child beggars on the streets of Kano, a hub of Islamic studies. Most of them are found in filthy and torn clothes, moving door to door across the cities and hanging around traffic lights asking people for money and food.

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