The Federal Government has announced plans to set aside a day in the year for the celebration of senior citizens.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Ms. Sadiya Farouk made this known yesterday. She said the Buhari-led administration will soon come up with such a day.
Senior citizen’s day is held internationally on August 21st, but the Nigerian Government feels Nigeria needs its own day.
“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,” said Ms. Farouq while hosting the National Senior Citizens Centre led by its director-general Emem Omokaro.
“I also want to assure the NSCC of my resolve to follow on with the request made by Omokaro through the relevant ministries, departments, and agencies.”
“We are also requesting assistance to the NSCC to secure the National registration of senior citizens of Nigeria who are 70 years and above,” Ms Omokaro stated.
“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.”
It remains to be seen what importance such a day will give the elderly in a nation where their most basic need, which is their pension is often denied them.