THE Oyo State House of Assembly yesterday took a tough stance on the increasing number of destitute and beggars swarming around major areas, roads and roundabouts across Ibadan, the Oyo State capital and other areas.
The house directed the state Ministry of Women Affairs Community Development, Social Welfare and Poverty Alleviation to immediately evacuate the destitute from the vicinity of the Mokola Flyover, Sabo and Jemibewon – all within the capital city.
Deliberating on a motion by Mrs. Wumi Oladeji (Ogbomoso North constituency), yesterday’s plenary, the Assembly said the decision was necessitated by the fact that the destitute continued to constitute environmental nuisance, engage in social vices and destroy aesthetics that came with the construction of the flyover in 2013.
The lawmakers, however, resolved that the various rehabilitation centres in the state are made functional to effectively rehabilitate a number of destitute and beggars to rid the state of “these special set of people”.
Before ruling on the matter, Speaker Adebo Ogundoyin said evacuating destitute and beggars from the major streets and areas in the state will help in enhancing the aesthetic value and ultimately attract investors to the state.
Ogundoyin assured that the 9th Assembly will formulate laws that will promote a neat and beautiful environment which will make the state rank among the best in the country.
He added that efforts must be intensified in taking the said people off the streets.
While seconding the motion, the Deputy Chief Whip of the House, Mr Yusuf Adebo (Ibadan South West 1), said Ibadanland was fast becoming a dumping ground for destitute, stressing that most of them were brought from other states to Ibadan.
Other lawmakers, who spoke on the motion, said some of the people are not real destitute as many of them are criminals who had been caught with human parts and other incriminating items, hence the need to evacuate them.
The lawmakers particularly urged the state government to take a cue from Lagos State, which regularly evacuates destitute from its major streets.
Besides, the plenary equally charged the Oyo state Ministry of Works and Transport to extend the divider leading to Mokola Flyover in Ibadan to prevent motorists and motorcyclists from crossing and obstructing other moving vehicles.
It also called on the state Traffic Management Authority to ensure the enforcement of traffic rules on Mokola flyover Ibadan