Oyo government says it evacuated 112 beggars and mentally ill persons from major streets of Ibadan to a resettlement centre situated at Akinyele village, Moniya.
The evacuation was led by the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Inclusion, Kafilat Olayiwola.
The team also picked up beggars and the mentally ill at Mokola roundabout; Jemibewon Road; Sango; Ojoo Roundabout; Eleyele; Challenge; Dugbe; Gbagi; and Monatan in Ibadan.
Speaking with journalists at the resettlement centre, Ms Olayiwola explained that the evacuees included 95 beggars and 17 mentally ill persons.
She stated that Governor Seyi Makinde’s administration was determined to ensure that beggars and mentally sick persons were taken off the streets and taken care of at the resettlement.
“We always received complaints on the high increase of these beggars on our major roads, which is always an eyesore,” said the commissioner. “We have strategised and renewed our plans to evacuate all of them and resettle them at this centre where we have provided adequate amenities which include free feeding in the morning, afternoon, and night.”