Oyo State Government has commenced the evacuation of beggars from the shanties on Jemibewon Road, Sabo area of Ibadan to the newly built Akinyele Resettlement Centre.
The evacuation process, which started months ago, formally commenced at 7am on Tuesday following a tour of the new site by Arewa community leaders and representatives of the beggars on Saturday.
The state’s Commissioner for Environment, Barrister Idowu Oyeleke, who led the first set of evacuees to Akinyele, said that the new site is fitted with social amenities including schools, hospitals, and recreation centres.
According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, other Ministries involved in the exercise include Women Affairs and Social Inclusion, Information, Culture and Tourism, Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters as well as the Office of the Executive Secretary, Oyo State Security Trust Fund, headed by CP Fatai Owoseni (rtd), who also the Special Adviser on Security Matters to the governor.
Around 8am on Tuesday, three fully loaded Pacessetter buses left Jemibewon road for Akinyele, while others are still being loaded.