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Some minor beggars at the multi-million naira pedestrian bridge in Panseke , Abeokuta begged the Ogun state governor ,Dapo Abiodun for support.
The beggars who were between four and 10 years were seen at the schools hours last week loitering around both the overhead and pedestrian bridges begging for survival.
PLATFORM TIMES had reported that some beggars have turned the long bridge, built by the immediate-past government of Ibikunle Amosun to their abode and business centre .
As part of a follow up on the exclusive report by PLATFORM TIMES last month, the reporter visited the place again and had interaction with the less privilege .
The reporter who tipped them ,then sought their audience for an interview .
During the Interview with PLATFORM TIMES reporter, they appealed to Abiodun to raise them .
Speaking on the reason she chose begging , a 9-year-old beggar(name withheld) lamented that she was led into begging business her parents didn’t care about her and didn’t send her to school
She also said,”i will have to sneak out to beg for money without the concept of my parents.
“Most time I will have to beg to eat so that I can survive.”
Speaking with another child, she said her mother is selling rice stuff at lanfewa market Abeokuta ,claiming that her mother didn’t care about her.
“I go to the street to beg for money to eat and my parents will not look for me.
“My parents didn’t care of sending me to school , maybe is because they didn’t go to school.”
Speaking with another beggar, she said “I beg so that i can eat and survive.
She said “For instance my mother will tell me to hawk for her and if i didn’t do it, she will not give me food.”
Narrating her experience, she said she will have to sneak out of the house,and trek to panseke bridge to beg for money so that she could eat.