The Lagos State Government has warned against using babies to solicit alms on the street in any part of the state, reiterating that the ban on street begging is still very much in force.
The Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mr. Mobolaji Ogunlende, reiterated this on Wednesday at Alausa during an interactive session with stakeholders.
Ogunlende observed that after concerted efforts were put in place by the state government for a couple of months which resulted in sanitising most parts of Lagos of this ignominious practice, it was unfortunate that beggars are back on the streets.
According to him, street begging would not be allowed in any part of the state because it would not only tarnish the image of the smart city being built by Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu in line with the THEMES Plus Agenda.
He said the practice had the capacity to scare would-be investors due to the security threat it poses.
“We wish to state categorically that street begging or the act of using babies to solicit alms, which has resurfaced in many parts of Lagos will not be condoned.
“Those who indulge in this unwholesome act had better look for a meaningful source of livelihood because begging does not contribute to the socioeconomic growth of any state or country. This is the main reason we organised the rescue operations for months during which the state was virtually rid of this menace.
“The perpetrators of this ignominious business, particularly the syndicate in the act of recruiting children into begging, are hereby warned to desist forthwith or be ready to face the full wrath of the law when caught by the Surveillance Team deployed to the nooks and crannies of Lagos State to enforce this order,” the commissioner added.