Street begging ban beneficial to society - Pantami

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami has faulted the position taken by some Islamic scholars on the ban on street begging in Kano, saying the ban is beneficial to Almajiris, parents and the society.

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami at the Annual Cyber Security Conference organised by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja. [Twitter/@FMoCDENigeria]

“What I am saying about this issue is, it is not appropriate for my brothers, Islamic scholars to come forth and be challenging the governor just like that. They should come and sit together to come up with solution on how to remedy the situation, on the way out.

“This is because there is no doubt that taking those children back to school is the right thing to do and is beneficial to the Almajiris, their parents and the society at large. From the part of the government, as a leader he has the responsibility of seeing how to make his people live well.

“I want you to understand that if there is anything new or strange, then create a way of sitting to discuss it and see how to solve the problem. It is just an advice,” he explained.

The minister also indicated interest to be part of any discussion group about the issue if it happens that a committee is raised to discuss the matter.

He said, “I want to be part of any such discussion, in a group form, if it appears to be raised.

“We all have children. My children are with me. I feed them myself. You know the feeding of children is the responsibility of their parents.

“If there are orphans we know how our society is concerned and considerate to them and their condition of living. I was raised in my father’s home. I saw how orphans were also fed and being taken care of by our parents.

“First and foremost we all know that begging is not religious activity or obligation. It is just something of a necessity, for somebody to say he doesn’t have anything to feed himself.”

According to him, he knows how concerned the governor is and will not come up with a policy that will harm or destroy the life of beggars.

I am sure there is a plan in place on how to assist such kind of people,” he added.

The minister also commended the policy of free and compulsory education, saying that “as somebody who studied the Holy Qur’an and acquired ‘worldly education’, I know that whatever is brought forth that can provide space for free and compulsory education is a welcome development.

JOIN OUR PULSE COMMUNITY!

Unblock notifications in browser settings.

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: eyewitness@pulse.ng

Recommended articles

Fact Check: Is Osinbajo giving grant to Nigerians as campaign support?

Fact Check: Is Osinbajo giving grant to Nigerians as campaign support?

Senator Smart Adeyemi loses APC ticket to former House of Reps. member

Senator Smart Adeyemi loses APC ticket to former House of Reps. member

Police arrest 10 pickpockets at PDP Convention

Police arrest 10 pickpockets at PDP Convention

I need your support - Atiku woos Wike, other PDP aspirants

I need your support - Atiku woos Wike, other PDP aspirants

Presidential race: Yoruba group drums up support for Tinubu

Presidential race: Yoruba group drums up support for Tinubu

Suspended Catholic priest clinches Benue APC governorship ticket

Suspended Catholic priest clinches Benue APC governorship ticket

Thugs turn Kaduna North senatorial primary election of APC bloody

Thugs turn Kaduna North senatorial primary election of APC bloody

Wike yet to congratulate Atiku despite pledging to support PDP Primaries winner

Wike yet to congratulate Atiku despite pledging to support PDP Primaries winner

Presidency: You'll be a worthy opponent to me, Tinubu congratulates Atiku

Presidency: You'll be a worthy opponent to me, Tinubu congratulates Atiku