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The Human Rights Network’s Katsina State chapter has voiced concern about the growing number of street beggars in Katsina’s major cities.
Comrade Abdulaziz Izmah, the State Coordinator, revealed this in a press release made available to media organisations.
According to the statement, the majority of beggars, who are mostly women and girls, have become more vulnerable to other social vices.
The statement further disclosed that not all the street beggars are Almajiri students, as victims displaced by bandits were forced into street begging as a result of attacks that ravaged their communities.
Although there are no statistical data of the beggars roaming the streets collected, it is clear that the number of street beggars is increasing at an alarming proportion.
Consequently, the NGO advised Katsina government, the council of Ulama, traditional and religious institutions to look into the possibilities of institutionalizing Zakkat in the State as the best means of empowerment to attain social security.