VOX POP: Who do you prefer on Abuja roads? Hawkers or beggars?


Seventeen-year-old Musa wakes up every day at 5am. Then, he makes the journey from Masaka to Powerhouse, Asokoro. There, he hawks books to commuters.

Musa uses his venture to support himself as he has no formal education.

To many Abuja residents, hawkers like Musa are useful especially in traffic situations.

To them, hawking is a preferable venture to street beggars.

Some Abuja residents told PREMIUM TIMES that beggars cause more disruptions on roads than hawkers.

Francis Okolo, a businessman, said even the beggars’ appearance was a major put off.

Cyprian Okoro, a labourer, said hawkers were at least working to make ends meet.

“What are beggars doing, especially those who aren’t disabled?” he asked.

Elochukwu Ibe, a businessman, said beggars constitute more nuisance than hawkers.

Agba Arit, a restaurateur, said beggars constitute more nuisance.

“Unlike hawkers, they do not work, they just beg for handouts,” she said.

According to Sadiq Abubakar, a car dealer, both groups constitute nuisance on the streets.

“Our law enforcement agents need to handle them more seriously,” he said.

Also, Aminu Ahmed, a student said both groups are a menace to society. According to him, none of them should be on the road.

However, Eric Christopher, a labourer said hawkers constitute more nuisance but he cannot blame them as there are no jobs.

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