The Oforikrom Municipal Assembly in line with the Beggars and Destitute Act, 1969 NLCD. 392, which makes begging as an offense in Ghana, is embarking on a series of sensitization exercises to clear beggars off the streets in the municipality.
The exercise in collaboration with the Police Service is to sensitize the general public, especially beggars who are mostly disabled on the dangers associated with street begging and highlight the fact that it is a criminal act to engage in such activity.
The fight against these unlawful acts began on Friday 23rdSeptember, 2022 and will continue throughout the year.
The team which comprises the Department of Social Welfare and Community Development, the Information Services Department, the National Commission for Civic Education and Assembly members together with the security personnel engaged with beggars who were mostly foreigners on the principal streets.
The beggars were also educated on the provision of the Disability fund, and the need to get registered in their respective Assemblies, to be able to assess government’s support for the disabled and vulnerable in the country.
Areas covered include Anloga Junction, Anloga taxi rank, Oforikrom streets, Top high, Tech station and Tech overhead bridge.
The assembly has therefore assured the public of a sustained effort through close collaboration with the Department of Social Welfare towards the reformation and reintegration of these persons into the society.
The general public was also encouraged to cooperate and desist from giving money to beggars on the streets to help sanitize the street.