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FG rolls out plans to protect senior citizens

Director-General, National Centre for Senior Citizens, Dr. Emem Omokaro

The National Centre for Senior Citizens has rolled out a five-year Strategic implementation plan towards addressing challenges being faced by Older Persons in the Country.

The Director-General Dr. Emem Omokaro disclosed this in Abuja at a News Briefing to mark the World Elders Abuse Awareness Day.

The World Elders Abuse Awareness Day is a day set aside by the United Nations to create awareness and appreciation of Senior Citizens and their contributions to society.

Dr Omokaro further said the establishment of the National Centre for Senior Citizens would help to provide justice for the Abused Elders and cater for their socio and medical needs.

She added that Nigeria is ready to address the key drivers of older person vulnerabilities that make older persons susceptible to Abuse.

“We will embark on Policy processes, human resources and integration Mechanism that will harness the voices of older persons, empower and facilitate their inclusion in health, social and Economic opportunities.”

The Director drew light to the various abuses affecting older people to include financial abuse, Phycological abuse and Stigmatization, which over the years have led to the early death of many.

She, therefore, called on the younger ones to show more love, care, and affection for older people around them.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on the June 7th 2021, approved the inauguration of the Board of the National Centre for Senior Citizens with the advocate for Older persons, with Dr Emem Omokaro as the First Director-General of the Centre.

Samuel Adeyinka

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