Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, yesterday, reiterated that the recent ban placed on hawking and begging in the wake of the suicide attack at Sabon Gari Local Government Area secretariat in Zaria is for the good of all.
This is as he also said the insinuation that government was not concerned about the plight of the downtrodden in the state is not true.
Addressing newsmen in Kaduna, Governor El-Rufai’s Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Samuel Aruwan, explained that the ban on hawking and begging in the state was necessitated by the emerging security situation, saying the measure is to ensure maximum protection of lives and properties.
El-Rufai, who expressed sadness over the Sabon Gari attack, said he will never unleash pains on beggars and hawkers in the state, adding that government decision was not aimed or targeted at the vulnerable group but to protect all citizens resident in the state.
The governor also appealed to the people to see reason with the ban and cooperate with government for the safety of citizens in view of the present situation.
According to him, “Kaduna State Government’s decision to ban hawking and begging in the state followed last week bomb attack that killed 26 innocent citizens and injured 32 others at the Sabon Gari Local Government Area secretariat.
“The ban of hawking and begging in the state was necessitated by security concerns and to ensure maximum protection of lives and properties. “Kaduna State Government under the leadership of Governor Nasir El Rufai will never unleash pains on beggars and hawkers in the state.
The government decision was not aimed or targeted at the vulnerable group but to protect citizens. “The government is a responsible government and conscious of its constitutional role to protect citizens and to ensure law and order for the common good. Government will not fold its arms and allow citizens to be killed via terror act and break down of law and order, hence the decision.”