The government, in collaboration with the Embassy of Niger has repatriated 1,320 Nigeriens to their country.
The Ministry of Gender and Social Protection disclosed this in a statement on Saturday 25 June 2022.
It said the repatriation forms part of the government’s efforts at getting beggars off the street.
The first batch of 515 Nigeriens were repatriated on Tuesday, 7 June 2022, and the rest, on Wednesday, 8 June 2022.
In all, 300 men, 400 women, and 620 children were affected.
The exercise started on 5 June 2022 after officials in the Consulate of Niger in Ghana mobilised human and financial resources and other logistics to repatriate its nationals.
“In the course of the repatriation exercise, there was smooth transit from the terminal of Achimota, the Hajj village at Kotoka International Airport, and the emplaning of the returnees without any incident through the collaboration of stakeholders,” the statement said.
It said the returnees were found “under bridges, traffic light intersections, street pavements, and other places begging for alms or loitering on the streets of Accra.”
The Ministry has therefore called on general public to assist the government’s efforts at reducing child begging and streetism.