THE POLITICS OF STREET BEGGING IN NIGERIA (A Case Study of Sokoto North Local Government)

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Title Page
Table of Contents

CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION
1.1       Background to the Study
1.2       Statement of the Problem
1.3       Research Questions
1.4       Aims and Objectives of the Study
1.5       Significance of the Study
1.6       Literature Review
1.7       Theoretical Framework
1.8       Assumption of the Study
1.9       Methodology
1.10     Scope and Limitations of the Study
1.11     Chapterisation

CHAPTER TWO
2.1       Historical Background of Sokoto North Local Government Area
2.1.1 Political Wards of Sokoto North LGA
2.1.2 Health
2.1.3 Economic Activities
2.1.4 Education
2.1.5 Tourist Attraction

CHAPTER THREE: BEGGING IN SOKOTO NORTH LOCAL
GOVERNMENT: ANALYSIS OF DATA FROM THE FIELD WORK
3.0       Introduction
3.1       Factors Responsible for Street Begging in Sokoto North Local Government
3.2       Categories of People that Engage in Street Begging
3.3       Religions Underpinning and Begging
3.4       The Impact of Street Begging in Sokoto North Local Government Area

CHAPTER FOUR: SUMMARY, RECOMMENDATIONS AND CONCLUSION
4.1       Summary
4.2       Conclusion
4.3       Recommendations
            References


CHAPTER ONE

INTRODUCTION

1.1   Background to the Study

Begging on the streets, in the urban centers is one of the age-long activities and perhaps occupations of the highly vulnerable, poverty-ridden individuals in the society. This is particularly not limited to the developing countries alone. As revealed in the studies of different scholars, begging is not peculiar to developing countries; it is a universal phenomenon (Ado, 1997) and a global urban problem. While a considerable number of cities were identified in the US and Mexico as having a significant level of begging activity (Smith, 2005), cities in China, especially Shanghai, have been described as homes of different categories of beggars (including the poor, the disabled, the homeless and professional beggars), which are described as “liumin” (floating people) or “youmin”(wandering people) (Hanchao, Lu, 1999).

In India, begging is seen as a pride as beggars are seen posing as someone famous. The situation is not so different in the city of Johannesburg, South Africa, where beggars are seen at junctions all over the city. In cities of Britain and similar industrialized countries in the recent years, begging has become highly visible (Jordan, 1999). Those of Mexico, as reported by Fabriga (1971) and cited in Adedibu (1989) are not left out in this negative scenario.

The situation in Nigerian cities as observed everyday is perhaps worse with different categories of beggars found at motor parks, religious centers, markets, road junctions, venues of ceremonies, among other public places begging for alms (Ojo, 2005). Cities across the world are confronted with diverse and complex problems which have socio-economic and physical implications for cities’ dwellers. These problems as experienced by cities of less developed countries are enormous and multidimensional in nature. One obvious manifestation of these problems, especially in Nigeria, is begging, that is the act of asking people for money, food, clothes, etc. (Jelili, 2006).

The problem of begging is a social menace which has a negative implication not only for cities’ economies, socio-physical environment but also for beggars themselves. The increasing population of beggars in Nigerian cities constitute an eyesore or environmental nuisance and health hazards, particularly those carrying infectious and contagious diseases (Egeonu, 1988)....


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