(Middle: Honourable Commissioner for Social Development, Hon. Opeyemi Oluwakemi Afolashade; (2nd left) Director Rehabilitation, Mr. Taiye J. Ikupolati and staff of the Ministry inspecting the treatment process of the lunatics at Olohunda Rehabilitation Home recently.)

The Kwara State Government has again reaffirmed its commitment to cleansing the society against all forms of environmental insanity and social deface.

The Commissioner for Social Development, Hon. Opeyemi Oluwakemi Afolashade, affirmed this during an official evacuation exercise carried out by the Ministry yesterday within Ilorin metropolis.

Hon. Afolashade stated that it is part of the Ministry's mandates to further ensure that the society is cleansed of any form of activities that can affect the peaceful co-existence in the State, recalling that the Ministry had earlier reached out to the Beggars Association through dialogue and warned them against raodside begging, which is causing social menace and environmental deface in the State.

While revealing that roadside begging and free-roaming of lunatics within Ilorin metropolis is alarming, the Commissioner warned those involved in the act to desist, as violators will face the wrath of law.

Hon. Afolashade further explained that such acts pose serious danger to the safety and well-being of the citizenry as well as the serenity of the environment if it is not addressed effectively, adding that unscrupulous individuals often time have been found hiding under the disguise of insanity to cover-up their criminal atrocities.

She said "roadside begging activities have detrimental effects on the society ranging from littering of the environment, while the wandering of the lunatics within the city can cause serious danger to the safety of people as many can use that to perpetrate illegal acts."

During the exercise, the Commissioner's Team were able to tour the city from Post-Office axis to Geri Alimi/Airport road, evacuated five people with insanity and two roadside beggars were immediately taken to one of the Ministry's rehabilitation homes for treatment and possible repatriation.

Present at the exercise were the Director Rehabilitation, Mr. Taiye J. Ikupolati and other members of staff of the Ministry.

Alabere Ahmed,
Press Secretary,


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