Maryam Aminu

The National Senior Citizens Centre (NSCC) has lauded the First Lady, Distinguished Senator Remi Tinubu for the generous inclusion of Senior Citizens in her Renewed Hope Initiative in the country.

In an official statement, NSCC Director General, Dr Emem Omokaro says the gesture by the First Lady confirms the favorable disposition of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration to older persons in Nigeria.

The statement signed by NSCC’s Head, Corporate Affairs, Media and Communications, Omini Oden, says the act by Her Excellency, Senator Remi Tinubu has accorded Senior Citizens a welcomed sense of inclusion and addressed their right to non-discrimination.

NSCC Director General, assures that the National Senior Citizens Centre has created sector wide partnerships to mainstream older persons into the Social Investment programs, Health and Social Care and other laudable initiatives including the realization of One Community, One Senior Centre Project.

While renewing her appeal to State Governments to expedite action towards domestication of the National Senior Citizens Centre Act 2017 and National Policy on Ageing, Dr Omokaro noted that the decentralized and inclusive template of the Renewed Hope Initiative template should encourage and boost State and Local Governments efforts to ensure equity and age-specific responses during planning, budgeting and implementation of health and social services to meet the needs of different population categories without leaving older persons behind.

The Director General commended the National Stakeholders Consultative Forums on Ageing; a mechanism of the National Senior citizens Centre for reaching and involving participation of older persons even in hard-to-reach places, who have approached offices of the First Ladies in their respective States and successfully secured slots for older persons from the 250 allocated.

The National Senior Citizens Centre will continue to create awareness of its robust and sustainable Older-Persons-Centered and community-oriented programs and services towards achieving a dignified, healthy, happy and secured geriatric population and welcomes states, local governments and private sector partnerships in their adoption and replication across the country.

Omini Oden
Head, Corporate, Media and Communications

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