Confronting Street Begging in Nigeria: A Call for Action

Street begging is the act of soliciting favors, often in the form of money, without the expectation of reciprocation, typically occurring in motor parks, markets, or densely populated areas.

The prevalence of street begging has become widespread across various cities in our country, particularly in the northern regions, where beggars have formed a nuisance.

Some beggars adopt a persistent approach, approaching motorists during traffic delays, creating disturbances along major highways. A significant contributing factor to this issue is the economic downturn, resulting in the closure of industries and factories, leaving many without alternative means of livelihood.

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Some able-bodied individuals opt for begging rather than engaging in profitable ventures, choosing an easy life over hard work. This phenomenon is exacerbated by factors such as poverty, illiteracy, and societal influences that fail to provide proper orientation.

Addressing the street begging menace requires a collaborative effort from the government, society, and other organizations. Legislation should be enacted to penalize able-bodied individuals found begging, while those with disabilities should receive appropriate care.

Economic improvement is crucial, necessitating the reopening of closed industries and the establishment of new ones to combat unemployment. Revitalizing the agricultural sector can offer additional job opportunities, reducing the number of youths resorting to begging.

By implementing and sustaining these measures, the street begging menace can be effectively curbed and eventually eradicated from our society.

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Usman Muhammad Salihu, writes from Jos, Nigeria and can be reached at [email protected] or +2347066605363.



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