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Lagos Assembly Moves To Criminalises Street Begging

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Lagos Assembly Moves To Criminalises Street Begging

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

– mulls law against giving alms to street beggars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sahara Weekly Reports That Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday discussed the idea of a law to curb street begging across the State.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lagos Assembly Moves To Criminalises Street Begging

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The law, if it comes into existence, would also penalise encouragement of street begging by residents. In this way, it would be an offence to give money to a street beggar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, who described street begging as a menace taking over the state, agreed with the lawmakers at plenary that criminal elements have taken over the streets disguised as beggars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reacting to the motion brought by Hon. Abiodun Orekoya and some of his colleagues, Dr. Obasa noted how previous administrations in the state made efforts to curb street begging, but that the challenge had not abated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obasa emphasised the need for a law that would criminalise street begging and also penalise individuals who give money to beggars on the roads.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“When we address the source, then we can curb it. When you go on the road, you find children within the ages of five and six begging. It means there are established groups of people benefitting from this. They warehouse and provide for them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Beyond the child rights law, we should come up with another law that speaks to begging and giving. We must come up with genuine law and institutions that handle begging.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Speaker said the proposed law should aim to establish a centre where individuals who wish to give alms can do so, while the centre would ensure that the alms reach those in need.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The law will create a fund to be managed by people with integrity so that if you are in need, you would go there,” he said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He said while this would help people fulfil their religious beliefs about alms giving, it would also help curb street begging, reduce crime on the road and promote greater responsibility among residents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Speaker said the smart city goal of the state cannot be achieved when beggars adorn the roads, inhibiting free movement and engaging in crime which include drug peddling and stealing from motorists.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He questioned how children as young as five or six manage to travel from other states to Lagos, suggesting that some individuals may be sponsoring and accommodating them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Calling for a holistic approach to end the challenge, the Speaker said it was better to tackle it from the source which include discouraging giving directly to the beggars on the road.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obasa also urged local government chairmen to come up with ideas to manage street trading rather than thinking of outrightly chasing traders off the streets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Street trading happens across the world. It is for our council chairmen to come up with ideas to better manage the activities of traders in their domains.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“How do you build a shop and put it at N30 million? What will the traders be selling there?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you remove them all, where do you also want them to go?” He asked.

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JOS BUILDING COLLASPSE: CDHR DEMANDS IMMEDIATE COMPENSATION FOR VICTIMS, SYMPATHISES WITH FAMILIES 

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JOS BUILDING COLLASPSE: CDHR DEMANDS IMMEDIATE COMPENSATION FOR VICTIMS, SYMPATHISES WITH FAMILIES 

JOS BUILDING COLLASPSE: CDHR DEMANDS IMMEDIATE COMPENSATION FOR VICTIMS, SYMPATHISES WITH FAMILIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sahara Weekly Reports It was a black Friday, the 12th of July, at the city of Jos, where the residents witnessed an unfortunate building collapse incident that claimed innocent lives. The Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, CDHR, condemns the preventable incident of collapsed building at Saint Academy School, Jos. The incident that occurred at early hours of the Friday has reportedly claimed 22 lives, mostly pupils from the school, while over 120 people are trapped.

 

 

 

 

JOS BUILDING COLLASPSE: CDHR DEMANDS IMMEDIATE COMPENSATION FOR VICTIMS, SYMPATHISES WITH FAMILIES 

 

 

 

 

 

According to the Executive Secretary of the state Emergency Management Agency, Sunday Abdu, 17 persons were confirmed dead after a rescue operation at school located at the Busa Buji community in Jos North Local Government Area of the state but in another development, CDHR gathered that the state Commissioner for Information, Musa Ashoms gave a fresh update on the sad incident, in a statement he issued on Friday night, he confirmed that the death had risen to 22 while 154 persons suffered different degrees of fatalities

 

According to the commissioner, the state government expresses its deepest condolences following the tragic incident. The collapse resulted in 154 fatalities and injuries, he announced. He also explained that emergency responders are currently at the scene conducting search and rescue operations.

 

CDHR, however, blamed the unfortunate incident on the negligence by the state government, and the school management for brutally violating the right to lives of the dead students, the educational progress of the injured and putting the remaining students under perpetual fear that their lives might not be safe under the supervision of the state agencies and officials.

 

The organisation demands immediate and adequate compensation for the families of the deceased by the state government while taking up the medical bills of other victims who sustained various degrees of injuries. The government should put necessary measures in place to checkmate future occurrences and build confidence among the residents and students inhabiting similar structures.

 

E-Signed:

Comrade Debo Adeniran,

National President CDHR Nigeria.

 

 

Comrade Idris Afees Olayinka,

National Publicity Secretary CDHR Nigeria.

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LOCAL GOVERNEMENT AUTONOMY: CDHR COMMENDS THE SUPREME COURT JUDGEMENT, PRESIDENT BOLA TINUBU

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LOCAL GOVERNEMENT AUTONOMY: CDHR COMMENDS THE SUPREME COURT JUDGEMENT, PRESIDENT BOLA TINUBU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sahara Weekly Reports That The Supreme Court judgement on local governments’ financial autonomy delivered today was a welcome development and a victory for democracy and the grassrooters. The Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, CDHR, commends the judgement that was delivered on Thursday 11th July by a seven-member panel of justices led by Justice Emmanuel Agim in a suit filed by the federal government against the 36 state governors.

 

 

 

 

LOCAL GOVERNEMENT AUTONOMY: CDHR COMMENDS THE SUPREME COURT JUDGEMENT, PRESIDENT BOLA TINUBU

 

 

 

 

 

According to the judgment, all federal funds for local government councils should be paid directly into their respective bank accounts’ and henceforth, no more payments of local government area allocations will be made to state government accounts.

 

The judgement also prohibits the governors from receiving, tampering with, or withholding funds meant for local governments while restraining the state governors from dissolving democratically elected officials for local governments and deemed such actions a breach of the 1999 Constitution.

 

In its reaction, CDHR described the decision of the Supreme Court as affirming the spirit, intent, and purpose of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the statutory rights of local governments and the Nigerian people at the grassroots. The judgement will rectify the challenges to the nation’s advancement over ineffective local government administration and economic development of the grassroots people. It will also break the bondage of the state dominion over the local government authorities, leading to eradication of poverty and improving the living standards of the citizens at that level.

 

In another development, CDHR commends president Bola Ahmed Tinubu for taking the bull by the horn towing the path of rule of law and constitutional provisions to deliver the third arm of the government from the age long bondage.

 

The organisation also gives kudos to Mr. President for keeping to one of the Renewed Hope manifestos of restructuring. According to CDHR, financial autonomy of the third tier of government is a starting point for restructuring. One of the aspirations and yawnings of various agitators of restructuring is financial independence of the third tier of government.

 

The judgement will also empower Nigerian people, especially the poor, to hold their local leaders to account for their actions and inactions as well as accountable to the electorates at grassroots levels. Transparency of whatever accrues to the local governments will be known, and no excuses will be entertained for not using it.

 

CDHR, however, demands immediate resolution of the new national minimum wage with the organised labour, advised the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to tow the same path of rule of law to mandate all the state governors to implement the agreement without compromise. The organisation also charges the FG to embark on more restructuring policies that will ease the suffering of Nigerian people.

 

E-Signed:

Comrade Debo Adeniran,

National President CDHR Nigeria.

 

Comrade Idris Afees Olayinka,

National Publicity Secretary CDHR Nigeria.

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ALHAJI MUJAHID ABUBAKAR DOKUBO-ASARI HOSTS UNIVERSITY OF GRONINGEN VISITING TEAM IN OBUAMA,RIVERS STATE

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ALHAJI MUJAHID ABUBAKAR DOKUBO-ASARI HOSTS UNIVERSITY OF GRONINGEN VISITING TEAM IN OBUAMA,RIVERS STATE 

ALHAJI MUJAHID ABUBAKAR DOKUBO-ASARI HOSTS UNIVERSITY OF GRONINGEN VISITING TEAM IN OBUAMA,RIVERS STATE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sahara Weekly Reports That Alhaji Mujahid Abubakar Dokubo-Asari on July 4th, 2024, welcomed a visiting research team from the esteemed University of Groningen, located in the Netherlands, to his residence in Obuama, Rivers State.

 

 

 

ALHAJI MUJAHID ABUBAKAR DOKUBO-ASARI HOSTS UNIVERSITY OF GRONINGEN VISITING TEAM IN OBUAMA,RIVERS STATE 

 

 

 

 

The University of Groningen, with a rich history spanning over four centuries, prides itself on excellence and has been associated with notable figures like Nobel Prize laureates Ben Feringa and Frits Zernike.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The university is renowned for its groundbreaking research that addresses contemporary social issues, bridging the gap between various fields of study and connecting science with society. Their current research areas include Energy, Healthy Ageing, and Sustainable Society, with recent studies focusing on topics such as environmental sustainability, conscious living, and the impact of climate change on wildlife.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Led by Dr. Dumebi Obute, the visiting team from the University of Groningen is conducting a comparative study on resource extraction, its environmental implications, and the adaptive strategies of indigenous communities affected by extensive resource exploitation. Their journey has taken them to various parts of Africa, including South Africa, Zambia, and Nigeria, to investigate large-scale extraction industries like mining and crude oil production.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recognizing Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo Asari’s prominent role in advocating for resource control and environmental preservation in the Niger Delta region, the research team sought his expertise and insights. Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo Asari, known for his global advocacy on these interconnected issues, was seen as a valuable source of historical knowledge and practical experiences in handling resource-related challenges.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The collaboration between Alhaji Mujahid Abubakar Dokubo-Asari and the University of Groningen holds the potential to inform global resource policies, promoting the well-being of indigenous communities impacted by resource extraction activities. By integrating historical context and local perspectives, this research aims to contribute to more sustainable and equitable resource management practices worldwide.

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