The Federal Government and National Senior Citizens Centre, NSCC, are working together to get a suitable date to be designated as a special national day for senior citizens.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq, said the day will be revealed soon when the management team of the Centre, led by its Director-General, Dr Emem Omokaro paid her a visit in Abuja.
“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.
Omokaro appealed to the FG for the declaration of a national day of older persons in Nigeria within the months of August and early September 2021 to herald the first-ever National Senior Citizens Day celebration in October 2021.
“We are also requesting 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,” said Omokaro.