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Lagos Assembly To Pass Law Regulating Begging For Alms

Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, says the legislative arm is considering passing a law to regulate alms-begging in the state.

Obasa disclosed this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, on the sidelines of the launch of the Ibile Muslim Community Zakat and Sadaqah Foundation in Lagos.

According to him, “there is a need for such legislation.”

The foundation was launched at a public presentation sponsored by Lotus Bank in Lagos.

It aims to empower less privileged Muslims and alleviate poverty by promoting Zakat, Sadaqah, and Waqf.

Obasa further explained that the proposed law would empower the state government and foundations like the Ibile Muslim Community Zakat and Sadaqah Foundation to regulate aid soliciting.

According to him, the law will also ensure donations reach the needy without them having to beg on the streets.

He noted that the “rising number of beggars in Lagos necessitated this regulation.”

“We are looking at how we can manage such situations to stop beggars from parading the streets of Lagos begging for alms.

“Following such legislation, anyone caught begging on the streets or aiding such, particularly among children, would also be sanctioned according to the law,” Obasa said.

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