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FG to create career path for caregivers of older persons

The National Senior Citizens Centre, NSCC, is collaborating with the National Board for Technical Education to establish a career procedure for caregivers of older persons.

The Director General, NSCC, Dr. Emem Omokaro, stated this during a courtesy visit to the National Board Technical Education (NBTE), in Abuja.

She said the Center intends to standardize the capacity of caregivers to ensure that they are adequately trained to provide the needed care for older persons.

Dr. Omakaro explained that with the population of older persons rising to 19.2 million and projected to increase to 30 million people by 2050, the National Senior Citizen Centre was committed to improving on care for the older population, including standardising the system of care.

‘’we want to work with the National Board for Technical Education to ensure a structured collaboration towards creating a career path for caregivers, to certify, standardise and regulate the operations of caregivers in the country’’.

“ Because NBTE’s core mandate is to accredit and regulate, so NSCC as a government agency cannot regulate without working with an agency like NBTE because we are working towards ensuring technical competence,“ she said

The Executive Secretary, National Board for Technical Education, Prof. Idris Bugaje, represented by the Director, Skills Development, Mr Abbati Mohammed,  said collaboration between the two agencies would further ensure best practices as obtained in other climes.

He disclosed that the two organizations would be signing a Memorandum of Understanding to develop qualifications, standardization and benchmark training development for caregivers of older persons.

Reporting by Yosi Ardel; Editing by Daniel Adejo and Annabel Nwachukwu             .