Concerned Citizens with Disabilities on Wednesday gave Kaduna State governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai seven-day ultimatum to reverse anti-begging law and hawking, or they will occupy the government house.
El-Rufai had last week signed into law a bill passed by the Kaduna State House of Assembly that bans street begging and hawking in the state. A decision that is unpopular among beggars in the and has been receiving negative backlash.
Yesterday during a protest to the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Kaduna State Secretariat, the beggars comprising of amputees, blind, deaf, deaf and dumb, and crippled, vowed to lay down their lives to ensure the law was not enforced.
Carrying placards with various inscriptions; the beggars said; “El-Rufai, fulfil your campaign promises before stopping begging in Kaduna”. “Give us 10 percent job opportunity as you promised before stopping street begging.”
Other inscriptions on the placard read: “El-Rufai before stopping street begging, pass state disability bill.” “Begging can never be stopped by persons with disability in Kaduna.”