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Oyo relocates beggars to resettlement centre

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GOVERNMENT of Oyo State has commenced the evacuation of beggars from the shanties on Jemibewon Road, Sabo area of Ibadan to the newly built Akinyele Resettlement Centre.

Scores of beggars including children and women at the popular Sabo beggars’ arena, Jemibewon Road Ibadan were seen being relocated to Akinyele Resettlement Centre. Homes of the beggars are being destroyed as the evacuation exercise continues.

The evacuation process, which started months ago, formally commenced on Tuesday, following a tour of the new site by Arewa community leaders and representatives of the beggars on Saturday.

The state’s Commissioner for Environment,  Idowu Oyeleke, who led the first set of evacuees to Akinyele, said that the new site was fitted with social amenities including schools, hospitals, and recreation centres.

Also involved in the exercise included; Ministries of Women Affairs and Social Inclusion, Information, Culture and Tourism, Local and Chieftaincy Matters, as well as the Office of the Executive Secretary, Oyo State Security Trust Fund, headed by CP Fatai Owoseni (rtd), who is equally the Special Adviser on Security Matters to the governor.

There was security presence in the area to forestall any breakdown of law and order.

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