If we stop giving the children on the street money, they will stop begging – Gender Minister

Lariba Zuweira Abudu, the Minister of Gender, Children, and Social Protection, has called on individuals who provide money to child beggars on the streets to cease their actions. Abudu emphasized that giving money to these children only reinforces their decision to remain on the streets.

During a press conference held in Accra on Sunday, June 4, the minister announced that the government has implemented measures to address the issue by relocating the children and facilitating their return to their respective countries.

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“We have done a lot, we did some sweeps, we have gone out there with media to send them out.

“They come from our neighbouring countries and we have engaged the embassies of some of the countries that we think they are coming from, Burkina Faso, Niger and we have even repatriated some of them about 400, they will go and find another way back,” she said.

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The Minister added “I always say, why should we give a child of school-going age money? It is business as usual, we also as a country should look at it.

“If a child is 6 years and he is begging, why do you give the child money? If you don’t give today, I don’t give tomorrow, somebody doesn’t give one week they will go back to school.

“So it is the culture, our culture of the way we give to these minors that is why they are on the streets so we should look at it as a country where you don’t give a minor money.”

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