Lagos Assembly to pass law regulating alms-begging


Mudashiru Obasa, Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, said the legislative arm is considering passing a law to regulate alms-begging in the state.


Obasa said this in an interview with NAN on the sidelines of the launch of the Ibile Muslim Community Zakat and Sadaqah Foundation in Lagos.


He said that there was a need for such legislation.


The foundation was launched at a public presentation sponsored by Lotus Bank in Lagos.


It aims to empower less privileged Muslims and alleviate poverty by promoting Zakat, Sadaqah, and Waqf.


Obasa explained that the proposed law would empower the state government and foundations like the Ibile Muslim Community Zakat and Sadaqah Foundation to regulate aid soliciting.


According to him, the law will also ensure donations reach the needy without them having to beg on the streets.


He noted that the rising number of beggars in Lagos necessitated this regulation.


“We are looking at how we can manage such situations to stop beggars from parading the streets of Lagos begging for alms.


“Following such legislation, anyone caught begging on the streets or aiding such, particularly among children, would also be sanctioned according to the law,” Obasa said.