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NSCC, SMEDAN sign MOU on capacity building for Senior Citizens

NSCC Director General Emem Omokaro(right) and Director General SMEDAN Olawale Fasanya (left). Photo: Yosi Ardel/Radio Nigeria

The National Senior Citizens Centre (NSCC) and the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) have signed a memorandum of understanding on capacity enhancement and entrepreneurship development to enhance sustainable livelihoods for Senior Citizens in Nigeria.

At a ceremony held in Abuja, Director General of SMEDAN Olawale Fasanya said the partnership was towards poverty reduction and job creation for the Senior Citizens.

Director General of NSCC, Dr Emem Omokaro said the collaboration with SMEDAN would change negative stereotypes and discrimination against persons aged 60 and above, in the discourse of business development and financial inclusion.

She was of the opinion that the MOU would also promote financial independence and autonomy of older persons and also encourage healthy and active life style for Older Persons.

Dr Omokaro commended SMEDAN for the commitment to be a critical partner along with the National Directorate of Employment and other stakeholders in developing capacities of senior citizens.

Reporting by Yosi Ardel; Editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade