Kingsley Madaki, Abuja
Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, has directed the Vocational and Rehabilitation Centre, Kuchiko, in Bwari Area Council of Abuja to commence the process of repatriation of the beggars and destitute, in line with the extant rules, to their various states of origin.
The minister said this when he and the FCT Permanent Secretary, Dr. Babatope Ajakaiye, paid an unscheduled visit to the Centre.
He said that the FCTA has concluded plans to create a database of all beggars and destitute, arrested and camped at the Vocational and Rehabilitation Centre, Kuchiko, in Bwari Area Council, Abuja.
According to him, the establishment of the database would avail the Administration adequate information on those arrested as well as afford government the opportunity to make adequate arrangement for their deportation.
Bello therefore, directed that FCT Social Development Secretariat to ensure that all those arrested were captured in the database for easy reference.
He instructed that the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) and the FCT Task Team on Environment to ensure that arrested beggars and destitute were assembled and registered before being moved to the Vocational and Rehabilitation Centre where the Social Development staff will officially receive and hand them over to the management of the Centre.
Bello seized the opportunity to inspect a new borehole installed for use of the Centre by the FCT Administration and further directed that overhead tanks be provided, and installed, for immediate use by inmates.
He asked the Social Development Secretariat to ensure that water was well reticulated; in addition the Secretariat should also fix all the street lighting points to illuminate the whole environment at nights.
Principal of the Centre, Comrade Bala Tsoho, told the Minister that 145 new beggars and destitute were just brought into the Centre recently.