October 26, 2021

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Kano advocates total ban on street begging in Northern states

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje has called for concerted efforts by all the Northern states government to come up with a legislation banning street begging and movement of school-age children.

The governor made the call Monday during an interactive session with journalists in the state.

He lamented that because of the status of Kano as the commercial centre of the country, some of the Almajiris repatriated to their states of origin sometimes find their ways back to Kano before the government officials that repatriated them return to Kano.

“We cannot say we have succeeded but with political will, we will march on,” Ganduje stated.

Ganduje revealed that the state executive council has approved N2.5 billion for the purchase of buses for the state’s mass transit scheme.

Speaking on the status of the proposed light rail project of his administration, he noted that the project will be on a Public Private Partnership (PPP).

Daily Trust reports that the state government had earlier announced its plan to float the bus mass transit scheme following the strike by commercial tricyclists (Keke NAPEP) in the state metropolis earlier in the year, which grounded commercial and other activities in the country’s commercial centre.

But the state governor on Monday said the federal government is currently preparing an agreement to be signed with the Chinese Bank after which it will be presented to the Federal Executive Council and then the Senate for approval.

“So, the light rail is on course. Though it cannot be completed within my tenure, but we hope to lay the foundation, start the project,” he added.