Kano state government on Thursday unveiled measures to address the menace of street begging and drug abuse.
The Executive Chairman , Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission, Muhuyi Magaji announced this while speaking to Journalists on the survey being embarked on by through the Open Government Partnership to collate data on how to address the social challenge
Muhuyi Magaji said the public would be engaged through the data collation for them to suggest better ways to deal with the issues and to serve as a policy direction for the state government.
He said field officers have being drafted to interact with, street beggers who are Islamiyya pupils, their Malams and the people .
He said the survey when completed, would serve as a policy direction for the state government
Muhuyi Magaji Rimigado while expressing the commitment of the government to the success of the initiative said the effort will evaluate reasons why extant laws on the two issues are not effective for instance, the Quranic Schools registration and movement edit 1988.
According to him, “After the survey, we will package the data collected and forward to the government and it is expected to serve as a policy direction for government in the next four years.”
“So, during the survey, we will focus on two main issues: Almajiri/street begging and drug abuse, especially among the youth. “Even though the street begging prohibition law exists, it is not being enforced. “So also we have laws that regulate the Almajiri school system but they are not being enforced as required either. “We are not against the system or what they come here to do but we are concerned about how it is being done,” he said
The Open Government Partnership is a multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from national and subnational governments to promote open government, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.