Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development, has promised that a special national day for senior citizens will be declared soon.
Farouq gave the assurance during a visit to Abuja by the management team of the National Senior Citizens Centre (NSCC), led by its Director-General, Dr Emem Omokaro.
I want to commend Omokaro for the pace at which she is settling down to work, hoping that, with the assemblage of the management team at her disposal, I am confident that the overall objectives of the NSCC will be realised 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.
Previously, Omokaro called for the declaration of a national day of older people in Nigeria in August and early September 2021, to coincide with the first-ever National Senior Citizens Day celebration in October 2021.
We are also requesting assistance from 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, Omokaro said.
The formal presentation of the Communiqué issued at the end of the one-day senior citizen’s forum maiden dialogue organized by the National Senior Citizens Centre on August 3 was the highlight of the visit.
According to reports, the Federal Executive Council approved the National Senior Citizens Centre in January 2018, and its board was formed in June 2021.
The centre’s mission is to provide social welfare services to citizens aged 70 and up in areas such as healthcare, pensions, income security, leisure, supplemental income, and other social protection safety nets.
The National Social Register of Poor and Vulnerable Households held data for 1, 625, 937 people across 36 states and the FCT as of July 2020. According to the register, 48% of the population is male, while 52% is female
A further examination of the register’s data revealed that segments of the elderly population face vulnerabilities such as health-related issues, financial deprivation, illiteracy, and a lack of basic care.
So far, the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development have selected 200,748 elderly people from the National Social Register to benefit from the Federal Government’s Covid-19 Cash Transfer Program.
The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development house the National Senior Citizens Centre.