FG declares Oct. 5 as Nat’l Day for Senior Citizens

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The Federal Government has declared October 5 as the National Day for Senior Citizens in Nigeria.

President Muhammadu Buhari made the declaration at the First Presidential Summit on Ageing and Awards ceremony in Abuja.

In his keynote address, the President represented by the Minister of Interior Affairs Mr Rauf Aregbesola stated that 4.7% of Nigeria’s population which comes to over 9 million were Senior Citizens who he observed have not been treated fairly.

“I, President Muhammadu Buhari signed into law, the National Senior Citizen’s Centre Act 2017 to cater for the needs of senior citizens. The Federal Government of Nigeria is committed to effectively mobilising capital resources needed to develop the appropriate mechanism that will be geared towards promoting and providing unhindered access to social services”, the president said.

Minister of Interior Affairs Mr Rauf Aregbesola representing President Muhammadu Buhari receiving an award from the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Farouk given on behalf of the National Senior Citizens Centre.

“As a further demonstration of our support for senior citizens, the 5th of October every year will be celebrated as National Day for Senior Citizens in Nigeria”, he added.

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq appealed to the president for take-off funds for the National Senior Citizens’ Centre.

At the summit awards of excellence was given to 8 deserving Senior Citizens; Elder Nathaniel Okoro, the first indigenous Managing Director of the Nigeria Railway Corporation, Chief Richard Olajide Idowu, the first visually impaired Television Producer and Radio Presenter as well as Hajiya Saudatu Usman Bungudu, an erstwhile Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development amongst others.

Reporting by Hadiza Abdulrahman; editing by Muzha Kucha

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