The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (A.M.A) on Friday began an exercise to rid the capital city of street children and beggars.
The exercise which took place at various areas of the city is a special initiative of the Assembly in collaboration with La Dadekopton Municipal Assembly and is expected to take a number of children off the street and get them reintegrated to the society.
The team went to areas like 37 Military Hospital area, Shiashie (Ghana Standard Board), National theatre, Neoplan Bus Stop at Achimota, Kaneshie Market, Nima among others.
Several children’s including nationals of Niger, Chad and Nigeria were picked up from some busy routes when they were busily begging for alms from passengers.
According to the A.M.A, the practice is in contravention of the Beggars and Destitute Act, 1969 (PNDCL 392) which criminalises the act of begging and giving to beggars.
The Assembly is collaborating with the Department of Social Welfare towards the reformation and reintegration of these persons into society.
By: Alexander Semordzi