The Nigeria Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, has hinted that a special day would soon be declared in honor of the the country’s senior citizens. ayokinews.com reports
Mrs. Sadiya gave the hint while addressing the management team of the National Senior Citizens Centre (NSCC), which was led by its Director-General, Dr. Emem Omokaro in Abuja, after they paid her a visit.
“I want to commend Dr. Omokaro for the pace at which she is settling down to work, hoping that, with the assemblage of the management team at her disposal, the overall objectives of the NSCC will be realized soon.
“I want to also assure the NSCC of my resolve to follow on with the request made by Omokaro, through the relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies,” Farouq said.
Dr. Omokaro had earlier pleaded with the Nigeria federal government to declare a national day of older persons in the country (Nigeria) so as to usher in the first ever National Senior Citizens Day celebration in October 2021.
Speaking with the federal minister, Dr. Omokaro further requested for the government’s assistance in getting aged 70-years and above in the country registered.
“We are also requesting for assistance to the NSCC to secure the National registration of senior citizens of Nigeria (SCN) who are 70 years and above.
“The purpose is for their effective identification for public respect, age friendly services and concessions in banking services and facilities, road, air and rail transportation services as well as health and hospital services,” Dr. Omokaro said.