The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that President Muhammadu Buhari had on May 31, approved the take-off of the National Senior Citizens’ Centre.
The centre was established to develop and implement productive activities, social protection and work schemes for senior citizens to improve their quality of life.
Ilumoka noted that government should ensure activities of the centre were apolitical and impacted the lives of the elderly, particularly the poorer ones across various communities.
She said “it is not the retiree that retired at level 17 that needs the money or intervention from government.
On the UWGN Day of Action, Ilumoka said that the outreach was to draw attention to the health challenges
of the elderly, and how government and concerned citizens could address them.
“These senior citizens have worked all their lives. We need to hear from them on what they want and how to make life better for them.”
She explained that the outreach was done in partnership with Coalition of Societies for the Rights of Older Persons in Nigeria (COSROPIN), NARP50+, and public health experts from Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).
Mrs Olubunmi Sodade, the Executive Director of NARP50+, said that structures should be established to cater for the elderly in the society.
Also, Dr Doyin Ogunyemi, the Public Health Consultant, LUTH, advised the elderly on constant health checkups, eating healthy meals to avoid malnutrition and avoiding unhealthy health practices.
NAN reports that the outreach includes health talk, blood pressure check, counselling and food distribution.