Mrs. Peace Nnaji, Enugu State Commissioner for Gender Affairs and Social Welfare has expressed discontentment over the behaviour of professional beggars who have turned begging into a lucrative business in the state.
She expressed distress that efforts of the state government at rehabilitating the identified beggars at the designated centre had been thwarted by those she described as `professional beggars’.
According to her, those professional beggars always force their way out of the centre into the streets by breaking down the doors and windows.
She said that about one per cent of street beggars were real destitutes while 99 per cent were `professional beggars.
The commissioner noted that the professional beggars engaged the services of a few other beggars to make returns to them at the close of their activities.
“The professional beggars hire destitute to be their guide for a day and after using them to make money, they will give the destitute little percentage and go home with the rest of the proceeds.
“Some of the professional beggars also hire children of indigent families and at the end of the day, they pay the parents.
“The professional beggars are able bodied men and women who were not sick.
“They break our rehabilitation centre fences and even jump over the wall to return to the street the next morning.
“We do not have problem with the mental challenged people because if you keep them inside the rehabilitation center, they will remain there but those professional beggars will run back to the streets,” she added.
She attributed the attitude of professional beggars to the degree of patronage they received from the society because, according to her, “some people throw bundles of money to them as alms”.
The commissioner urged the general public to desist from patronising them in order to dissuade people from the practice.
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