The National Senior Citizens Centre (NSCC) is set to partner with other government agencies on the registration of “Senior Citizens” of the country to enable them to benefit maximally from government policy.
Omini Oden, Head of Public Affairs, Media and Communications, NSCC, made this known via a statement on Monday, in Abuja.
“This is coming on the heels of the declaration by President Muhammadu Buhari at the first Presidential Summit on Aging in Nigeria on the registration and issuance of identity cards to senior citizens in Nigeria,” he said.
Oden said that NSCC would collaborate with the National Identity Management Commission, National Bureau of Statistics, National Orientation Agency, Nigeria Union of Pensioners and Associations of Older Persons, the private sector, and interested non-governmental organisations.
He said that the National Senior Citizens Centre Act 2017 mandated NSCC to keep records of statistics of senior citizens, build data system and inclusion on them, as recommended in the National Policy on Ageing and its Plan of Action
Oden said that this was for courtesies and other concessions to the senior citizens in public and private spaces, as well as a declaration of the Oct. 5 as the National Day of Senior Citizens in Nigeria annually.
“The presidential declaration for the registration and issuance of identity cards to senior citizens will facilitate dignified age-friendly services,” he said.
Oden said that this was one of the landmark achievements of the Buhari-administration and a milestone for Africa and the world.
He said that the NSCC was already preparing to roll out surveys on the status of services in four identified sectors in the first phase desk reviews of the World Health Organisation (WHO)
“Also, age-friendly frameworks are to develop indicators as well as monitoring and evaluation tools for the effective sector-by-sector implementation and to mount intensive public enlightenment campaigns on age-friendly environments Nigeria,” he said.
Oden said that NSCC would also welcome partnerships, as it rolled out many more innovative flagship initiatives in this year.