The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has begun an exercise to rid the capital city of street beggars and children.
The special exercise, which began last Thursday, saw a team from the AMA visit various areas in Accra to pick up children and beggars on the streets.
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So far, over 200 persons including children from Niger and Nigeria picked up from some ceremonial streets, under bridges and in traffic.
A statement signed by the Head of Public Relations at the AMA, Gilbert Nii Ankrah said the exercise was conducted in collaboration with the La Dadekotopon Municipal Assembly (LADMA).
“Areas covered Movempick Hotel, Trade Union Congress (TUC), Cathedral, 37 Military Hospital, Airport City, Airport Junction, Accra Mall, Spanner Junction traffic light and the Ghana Standards Board (Shiashie),” the statement said.
The Assembly said it is working “in close collaboration with the Department of Social Welfare towards the reformation and reintegration of these persons into society”.
The AMA, therefore, urged the public to “cooperate and desist from giving money to beggars on the streets as they will be violating the Beggars and Destitute Act, 1969 (PNDCL 392) which criminalizes the act of begging and giving to beggars”.
“Other areas in the capital to be visited are Kaneshie Overhead Bridge, Nima and Maamobi and at traffic intersections at Sunny FM, Okponglo and Graphic Road stretch, the footbridges at the Tetteh Quarshie Interchange as well as popular bus terminals like the Neoplan Bus Stop at Achimota, Circle, Kaneshie and the Korle Bu traffic light,” the AMA statement added.
Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) is the political and administrative authority for the city of Accra.
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