The Executive Secretary National Human Rights Commission, Mr Anthony Ojukwu says the Commission is committed to mainstreaming the rights of older persons into its policies and programmes.
He made this known when he receive members of the Journalists network for ageing in Nigeria JONAN, led by FCT NUJ secretary of council, Ochiaka Agwu.
According to Ojukwu: “The commission has rightly identified that older persons have rights just like any other person, so it does make sense that as younger persons, we should prepare for our old age by protecting the rights of older persons, it is enlightened self interest”.
He pledged the support of the commission in the achievement of JONAN’s plan of action.
The secretary of the council, NUJ Agwu Ochiaka Agwu thanked the Executive secretary for the role he played in setting the tone for the advocacy for the rights of older persons and appealed for the commission to support JONAN morally and financially to achieve its aim of bringing the rights of older persons to the fore.
According to Ochiaka Agwu:” Journalists come together to advance the rights of older persons because everybody is growing older and when we grow old, we pray that our rights and privileges would be respected “.
The Chairman of JONAN, Maxwell Esiegbe appealed to the National human rights commission to partner with the network to advance the cause of older persons. He said the network is poised to commence work immediately.
The Network of Journalist for aging was inaugurated after training for journalist on aging organized by the NUJ FCT Council in collaboration with the Dave Omokaro foundation with a mandate to give a voice to the elderly.