Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Mr Gilbert Ankrah, has indicated that the exercise to clear beggars especially children off the streets has yielded positive results.
He told Nyankonton Nems that the AMA was working in close collaboration with the Department of Social Welfare towards the reformation and reintegration of these persons into society.
The AMA was also engaging with the Gender Ministry to ensure that the beggars would be trained and given skills training so they do not go back to the streets to beg.
He said, ‘’I can tell you that we’ve gone far and we are ensuring that they [beggars] do not go back to the streets.’’
He called on Ghanaians 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”.
The AMA in June this year rolled out an exercise to remove beggars off the streets.
The first round of exercise saw about 200 persons including children from Niger and Nigeria picked up from some ceremonial streets, under bridges and in traffic, mostly begging for alms.
Areas such as Airport City, Airport, Accra Mall, Spanner Junction, 37 Military Hospital and the Ghana Standards Board (Shiashie) have been covered.
Other areas to be covered include 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.