Not many would really want to associate any meaningful advancement in life with street begging.

But two Septuagenarians have proved this assertion wrong by taking pride in their life accomplishment through this business.

Until they settled for their present status, Mr. Kayode Adeyemi and Akanbi Jimoh claim life had never been fair to them, a situation that pushed them out to becoming responsibilities of members of the public in Akure, Ondo state.

Adeyemi, a 74- year-old from Usi Ekiti in Ekiti State, narrated what led him to this situation and how it has consequently paid off for him and his family.

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"I used to work with Nigeria River Basin Authority, Kwara State as a security guard. I got a loan to purchase a motorcycle and was meant to repay it monthly.

"I traveled to my home town to show them the newly bought motorcycle, and while coming back, I had an accident and my two legs got smashed. Both legs were later amputated.

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"Since I did not have any other means of taking care of myself and the children, I decided to go into begging and whatever I realise is used to take care of the family.

"One of my children is a university graduate and I trained him from the proceeds of begging, while the rest are in secondary school.

"I have built a house in Omu-Aran with what I make here. I make about two to three thousand naira daily and make more on weekend during big events or cultural activities," he explained.

On his part, Akanbi Jimoh, a 78-year old from Ilorin, Kwara state explained that he worked as a messenger at Missionary Hospital in Omu-Aran for 27 years before he was retired from service on health grounds in 2011.

He claims to have been forcefully retired after he contracted leprosy while working at the hospital.

“After the retirement, I couldn’t do anything again because I had overstayed at the organisation and had spent all my productive years there. My monthly pension is N3,000 which is just N100 a day and this could not even feed a day-old baby.

"I lost my wife in 2011, and I was left with four children to cater for in Ilorin. The only female among them has gotten married and lives with her husband while others are still in secondary school.

"What I do is to beg for alms here and send money to them every Friday.

"After a day’s begging, I and my other fellow beggars go back to our jointly rented apartment, and after spending three weeks in Akure, I travel back to Ilorin and spend two weeks with my family."

Both men however opined that what they do is better than stealing and crave for the indulgence of the government to look into their situations and take them off the streets as old age is already creeping up on them.

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