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Would Shelters In Nigeria Make a Difference to the Community?

Shelters in Nigeria.

I don’t think I have heard of any shelters in Nigeria. Do you think that having Shelters in Nigeria will make a difference in the community? Do you think the shelters will get the homeless off the street from begging?

If you answer yes to all the questions mentioned above, how will you go about having one in Nigeria? Do you think the Government should get involved as well?

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I dont think homeless shelter's should only be the responsibilityy of the government. individuals who have passion for this, shoul go for it. it is really a big pain when you see people on the road not because of their own volition, but because of circumstances

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salsera:

I beg to differ. There are those pple with natural dreadlocks, tattered cloths and yellow teeth who walk around talking to themselves. I remember one from childhood who stopped by the stream i was in, dipped his cup into it, scooped water plus sand and drank it all down. Wd u call them beggars? Sure they are mad, but u think they have a place to stay at night, especially the woman who end up sleeping with some rich guy as condition of riches?

Just wondering.

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we don't have as many homeless people as there are in the US,

to really talk about this then we have to differentiate between homeless and beggars these are two separate things

99% of beggars in Nigeria are not homeless they may not have decent accomodation but that's life accomodation is what you can afford.

whereas being homeless doesn't mean you don't have a job or are not earning income, in our society you are probably homeless because you ran away from home, or you moved to another state where you have no relatives that can squat you. people in this position can't afford accomodation of anytime so they sleep on the streets, in front of shops,under bridges and some churches

its the latter that woould benefit from shelters, but like everywhere in the world there will be cheaters who will see 'awoof' move out of their accomodation and get into a shelter

so shelters would work despite cheaters because you don't throw out the baby with the bath water

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I go to Buffets because i have the opportunity to Choose what I want to eat. I'm a simple man i don't enjoy fancy and expensive restaurants and all those bright lights, I go once in a while but's it's not my main thing.

Lets not kid ourselves. Poor people would not behave themselves at a buffet and that's why you believe that anybody operating buffet business in Nigeria would go out of business. For it to succeed it has to be exclusive, and people have to think about it as the place to be seen or to go celebrate something big. eg chocolate royal, tantalizers etc.

There would always be other restaurants that cater to the common man. I would gladly cater to the common man if he can pay.

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the "real" beggars have psychiatric problems or are mad, there is another set like seun mentioned professional beggers who just beg because it's easy, then those lazy and useless able-bodied men on Lagos Island (Alaye) who beg you for money or threathen to destroy your car.

Some People enjoy prostitution/stripping for the easy money it brings, I bet you would call it degrading too. All the person has to do is kill that fear of shame and they do what they do.

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the shelter could provide a roof for them for a year. the 1 year is to enable them to have enough time to look for jobs and get a good place to live.

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@Seun,

The fact that someone begs at all is a sure sign that he or she isnt living well. Begging is degrading and I refuse to believe any1 enjoys it. Any1 who begs isnt living well.

Shelters in Nigeria will go a long way to help but in my opinion, it'll only make pple lazier. They'll now have an excuse not to find some form of work 2 do. But then, that's just the down-side.

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it is the responsibility of the government of any country to provide facility. Moreovere, if such is even provided by the government or any one, there is no quarantee that it will serve its purpose, most of these beggers are business people and would not want to miss out by being confined to a particular place.

the place may even end up becoming a hideout for hoodlums.

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Many of the beggars in Nigeria are professional beggars. They have wives and children and live surprisingly well.

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Mad people don't need shelters. They need Psychiatric hospitals where they can be treated by experts.

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