30 crippled men has been engaged by the Borno State government to sweep the streets of Maiduguri, the state capital, to withdraw physically-challenged persons from street begging.
Speaking on this development, yesterday in Maiduguri, the Sole Administrator of BOSEPA, Nasiru Surundi, noted that soliciting for alms and begging by cripples endangers their lives on the streets, markets and motor parks.
He said the agency employed 30 cripples, out of the 60 that applied for the job, to pay them N10,000 a month.
He said the street sweepers were trained for two months, after which uniforms and brooms were distributed to them.
In his word, he said.
“The 2018 budget has provisions for the employment of more physically-challenged persons in skills acquisitions, so that their withdrawals from soliciting for alms and street begging can be achieved to secure their lives.”
Expressing his appreciation to the empowerment gesture of the state government, the Chairman of BOAC, Alfaki Idrissa, thanked the state government for engaging the members of his association.
He noted that the ongoing recession had forced most able-bodied persons, particularly the ones displaced, into street begging.
He therefore called on the state government to engage more members of BOAC, that has a membership of over 3,000.