The Director-General of the National Senior Citizens Centre, Emem Omokaro has called for a national day of older citizens in Nigeria within August and early September 2021 to herald the first-ever National Senior Citizens Day celebration in October 2021.
Omokaro made this call when he led the management team of NSCC to the office of the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq.
The Minister in her statement gave an assurance that a special national day for senior citizens would be declared soon.
She said, “I want to commend Omokaro for the pace at which she is settling down to work, hoping that, with the assemblage of the management team at her disposal, the overall objectives of the NSCC will be realised soon.”
“I want to also assure the NSCC of my resolve to follow on with the request made by Omokaro, through the relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies,” Farouq said.
Omokaro while speaking said, “We are also requesting assistance from the NSCC to secure the National registration of senior citizens of Nigeria (SCN) who are 70 years and above.”
“The purpose is for their effective identification for public respect, age-friendly services and concessions in banking services and facilities, road, air and rail transportation services as well as health and hospital services.”