Anambra State, Government Removes Over 100 beggars and Mentally Challenged Persons From The Streets.

By Vincent Ezechukwu

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compliance with the directive by the Governor of Anambra State, His
Excellency Dr Willie Obiano, to clear the streets of Anambra State of
mentally challenged persons and beggars who constitute nuisance in most
major junctions in the state, the Anambra State Commissioner for Women
and Children affairs Lady Ndidi Mezue, was today Monday 15th April,
joined by the Honorable Commissioner For Transport, Hon Uchenna Okafor,
(Wiper)raided the streets of Awka and Onitsha of these categories of

The exercise which started at Onitsha Main market,
through Upper Iweka, down to Uga and MCC junctions, all in Onitsha and
then terminated at Unizk junction Awka, saw the team which comprises
various security agencies including the police, Civil Defence, ATMA,
OCHA brigade and Social welfare department of the ministry of women
affairs, was able to apprehend and relocated over one hundred beggars
and mentally challenged persons, who are mostly from neighboring states
and beyond.

Following international best practice, the mentally
challenged among the individuals removed from the streets were
immediately moved to Nteje Home for the mentally challenged, where they
will be rehabilitated and reunited with their families. While the
beggars who were apprehended seeking alms using under age children will
be rehabilitated and returned to their home states.

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