By Ayodele Popoola
Ondo State Government said it is set to commence the collation of senior citizens data with a view to giving them adequate care in their old age.
This was aimed at paying back the elderly for their contributions to the growth of the state.
This was disclosed yesterday by Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu during the National Day Celebration for senior citizens.
The programme was organised by the National Senior Citizen Centre, NSCC, and Ondo State Stakeholders’ Consultative Forum on Ageing with the theme “Celebrating the Resilience of the Older Persons: From Resilence to Empowerment”.
Akeredolu while commending President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for establishing the National Senior Citizens Day, described it as Ondo State stakeholders consultatives Forum on Agency.
Represented by Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Dr Mrs. Adebunmi Osadahun, the governor urged the elderly to appeal to the younger ones to be of good manner as they are closer to them and needed to be informed, especially as the election is fast approaching.
In her welcome address to the maiden event, the co-chairman of the Forum, Mrs Funwa Agbi said the October 1 International Day for the Older Persons has been shifted in Nigeria to the 5th because of the clash with the National Independence Day celebrations.
Agbi said that the choice of the theme is an indication of the goodness of being alive and well in old age.
She commended the Ondo State Government and the Ministry of Women Affairs for the warm reception and support given.
In his goodwill message, the National Secretary of Elderly Person Association of Nigeria, EPAN, Moses Olatunbosun said the forum was founded to take care of the elderly person in the society.
In order to bring succour to the lives of elders, Olatunbosun urged the state government to implement the elder person right and privilege bill for the state senior citizens.
In a paper titled “Medical check-up for the elderly”, a former Director of the National Orientation Agency, NOA, in the state, Mr. Bode Famose, stressed the need for elders to pay adequate attention to their health, as a wise man ought to realize that health is his most valuable possession”
An elder-statesman, Chief Korede Duyile, commended the Akeredolu’S administration and the Federal Government over the novel programme, which he believed would be a relief to the elderly.