The Kwara State Government on Wednesday commenced the evacuation of street beggars from the Ilorin metropolis.
Kwara Commissioner for Social Development, Mrs Kemi Afolashade, while Speaking at one of the locations of the exercise, said the areas affected are: Tipper Garage, Tanke, Offa Garage, Geri-Alimi and Challenge in Ilorin.
Afolashade said that these were areas where the street beggars were domiciled, adding that the exercise was one of the core mandates of her ministry.
She hinted that the leadership of Gov. Abdulraham Abdulrazaq prohibits street begging and therefore beggars are prohibited to stay in these areas.
It was gathered that during the exercise, the commissioner rescued a mentally challenged woman sleeping under the bridge.
The commissioner who provided food and other needs to the mentally challenged woman also offered to rehabilitate and empower her with a vocation of her choice.