Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, has said that over 80,000 children, between the ages of 5 and 7, were sent by their parents from different States, to go and beg in Nasarawa.
The Governor stated that his administration has to protect and provide for them.
He spoke in Abuja, when he visited the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq.
He disclosed that indigenes of the State, are also internally displaced in different States, and need help to be resettled back home.
The Minister said that 48,637 persons have benefited from the Conditional Cash Transfer Initiative; and 12,200 others from the N-Power programme, in Nasarawa State.
She said: “The National Social Investment Programme has been embedded in the mandate of the Ministry, for sustainability. It is targeted at the vulnerable, the less privileged, among others.
“In the Home Grown School Feeding Program, 170,630 children from primary 1 to 3, are being fed daily, with 2,433 Cooks employed. We have some IDPs in Nasarawa too, as part of humanitarian challenges, but we have charged Agencies under the Ministry, to ensure the IDPs are taken care of. We hope to get the support of critical Stakeholders, to achieve our mandate.”