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Senior citizens to get government grant

Participants at the Stakeholders Consultation on NSCC Strategic Plans

The Federal Government has approved N2.5 billion as a take-off grant for the National Senior Citizens Centre, NSCC.

The president, Muhamadu Buhari signed NSCC Act in 2017 to pave the way for catering for the needs of the elderly through the establishment of community-based prototype systems.

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq, announced the development at a one-day Southern Zone Stakeholders Consultation on NSCC Strategic Plans in Lagos.

She said the grant was presently being processed for disbursement.

The minister said the centre was collaborating with relevant stakeholders to develop the 10-year strategic plan.

The Director-General, NSCC, Dr Emem Omokaro, said the objective of the consultative forum was to inform stakeholders about the Act

and the mandate that constitutes the major domains of interventions.

Dr Omokaro said these aligned with the National Policy on Ageing and the SDGs Agenda 2030.

He said it was the guiding documents for the operations of the National Senior Citizens.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mr Segun Dawodu said plans were underway to construct a Day Care Centre in the three senatorial districts in the state.

He said the state government had a functional and well funded Old Peoples Home.

Reporting by Wahab Akinlade