A take-off grant of N2.5 billion for the National Senior Citizens Centre (NSCC) has been approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Sadiya Farouq, disclosed this at a one-day Southern Zone Stakeholders Consultation on Development of NSCC Strategic Plan on Thursday in Lagos.
The NSCC Act 2018 was signed by the president to allow the establishment of the centre by institutions and the three tiers of government to cater for the needs of senior citizens.
The minister who was represented by the ministry’s acting Director, Social Services, Mr Mansur Kuliya, said that the grant was presently being processed for disbursement to the centre.
The grant would be used to identify the strategic priorities, processes and approaches that would provide impetus for the centre to achieve its mandate of integrating senior citizens, she noted.
The minister said that the centre was collaborating with relevant stakeholders to brainstorm and produce ideas for the development of 10 years strategic plan.
She added that “this consultation indicates the commitment of the ministry, board and management of the centre to ensure full implementation of Mr President’s agenda toward
the establishment of the centre.
“The ministry and the centre will ensure that the country benefits from the wisdom and wealth of experiences of the senior citizens.’’
The Director-General of NSCC, Dr Emem Omokaro, said the consultation was to inform stakeholders about the National Senior Citizens Act and its mandate.
Omokaro said the Act aligned with the National Policy on Ageing and the SDGs Agenda 2030, which was the guiding document for the operations of the National Senior Citizens Centre and the parameters of the stakeholders’ deliberation.
She said “this consultation is also to engage stakeholders on critical issues affecting older persons; to listen to your views, context, evidences and even myths.
“It is to bring innovative solutions that will constitute actions that NSCC should consider and the means to achieve them.
“By this consultative forum, NSCC is creating and fostering an environment of collaboration in key decision making process,” she said.
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