The Enugu State government has pledged wellbeing of street beggars evacuated from various parts of the state.
This is pledge is coming after some beggars were arrested on Monday in various locations by the state government officials.
The action according to the Commissioner for Gender and Social Development Peace Nnaji is aimed at stamping out beggars from the streets in Enugu State, part of the vision of the Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of empowering them.
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She said further that the state government will provide those evacuated with necessary facilities that will ensure their improved living standards.
“We are taking them out of the street to make them learn again. It will interest you to know that the state Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi trained 10 blind people who were able to make arts and crafts using their hands. If blind people can do this, then, any one with challenge can achieve something,” she said
Those evacuated include more of children, people who are physically challenged and some adults, who Nnaji said will be taken to the state rehabilitation facility where they will be properly taken care of.
The children according to her will be catered for under the existing child rights law in the state and treatment plan effected for those with bad health conditions, but those healthy will be encouraged to acquire different vocational skills.
The Enugu Government said it has demonstrated commitment and competency in the management of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the state.
Speaking during a one day training for entrepreneurs in the state, the Special Adviser to Enugu Governor on SMEs and Investment Promotion, Mr Anayo Agu, said the state has funded over 2500 companies totaling about 2 billion Naira.
Mr Agu said the state made funds available for running and starting up business irrespective of where the individual comes from.
He said the state is ready to take advantage of foreign partnership because of its abundance in trainable individuals who are willing to grow in business and contribute their quota.
He noted the state has attracted a lot of foreign investments which are at the preliminary stages citing the U.S solar power plant at Nachi.
“We have a U.S company that is still at the beginning stages of establishing a solar plant in Enugu state and to be precise at Nachi, the reason these investors are coming to the state is because of the full assurance that is coming from the state. Not only that the state will protect the investment but also to enable it.
“In terms of international business, we have international airport; the Akanu-Ibiam International Airport which is thriving, we have Ethiopian airline that operates twice weekly, and just by the airport we have the free trade zone”.
Mr Agu further explained that the free trade zone will give manufacturers opportunity to sell goods at duty free and equally export to another countries.
He said the state will continue to provide enabling environment to ensure the ease of doing business.