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Apprehension as mentally deranged, beggars, scavengers flood Uyo metropolis

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There may be a fear in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital because it witnesses resurgence of mentally deranged individuals, beggars in addition to scavengers on the streets.

Residents have expressed fear over the event, noting that if the problem just isn’t addressed, it might result in safety breach within the state.

These set of individuals represent nuisance round crowded locations particularly the place there are visitors congestions.

Whereas a few of them are peaceable, others are aggressive as they’ve been seen harassing unsuspecting passers-by and assault
drivers, particularly these with unique autos.

Commenting on the ugly improvement, Chairman of Civil Liberties Organisation, Mr Franklyn Isong, described the scenario as appalling, including that if allowed unchecked, it might result in a safety menace within the state.

Isong, who famous that a few of the supposedly mad folks roaming across the streets of Uyo are literally homeless, known as on related authorities to look into the scenario to forestall the state from imminent insecurity.

“It’s appalling to see not simply mad folks on the streets however people who find themselves homeless; a few of them are usually not mad however homeless. A few of them are unlawful immigrants, like Nigeriens, you’ll see them carry kids who must be in class on the streets begging. It has turn into a watch sore and nuisance.

“Inasmuch because the state authorities is making an attempt to clear the streets of unlawful buying and selling at Ibom Plaza and different adjourning streets, there’s want for the federal government to additionally look into instances of people who find themselves begging on the streets, people who find themselves homeless and unlawful immigrants.

“It exposes the state to insecurity. Let me additionally add that scavengers (individuals who go round with vehicles choosing metals from the streets and dirt bins) additionally represent a really massive menace to safety,” he acknowledged.

In the meantime, efforts made to get the Commissioner of Girls Affairs and Social Welfare, Dr Ini Adiahakpan to talk on the matter weren’t profitable as she neither picked her calls nor responded to the textual content message despatched to her.

Nonetheless, the inflow of mentally deranged individuals in Uyo is, nevertheless, not a brand new factor.

The administration of former Governor, Godswill Akpabio witnessed the inflow which the then Commissioner for Girls Affairs and Social Welfare, Mrs Eunice Thomas passionately addressed.

The then administration was capable of examine the issue because the mentally deranged individuals have been evacuated from the streets to the hospitals, the destitutes have been taken to the Household Life Enhancement Heart, the place for the much less privileged, whereas others have been reunited with their households.

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