Min­is­ter raises alarm over ne­glect of se­nior cit­i­zens

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Hus­sein Ya­haya

The Min­is­ter of Women Af­fairs and So­cial De­vel­op­ment, Ha­jiya Zainab Maina, has raised an alarm over the ne­glect of el­derly people in the coun­try.

Maina said this at the first stake­hold­ers con­sul­ta­tive and pol­icy di­a­logue, or­gan­ised by the Nige­rian So­ci­ety of Geri­atrics and Geron­tol­ogy in Abuja on Tues­day.

The min­is­ter, rep­re­sented by Mr. Mai­janma Kwas­sau, Di­rec­tor, So­cial Wel­fare, said care for the aged has de­clined mainly due to pre­vail­ing eco­nomic chal­lenges.

She said other rea­sons re­spon­si­ble for the prob­lem in­cluded the break­down of ex­tended fam­ily sys­tem, sup­port sys­tem for se­nior cit­i­zens and ru­ral-ur­ban mi­gra­tion of younger per­sons in search of greener pas­tures.

Maina said that ef­forts were on­go­ing to do­mes­ti­cate re­gional and in­ter­na­tional in­stru­ments to main­stream is­sues of age­ing into the de­vel­op­ment agenda.

The con­vener of the meet­ing, Dr Is­abella Aboderin, said it was im­por­tant for all stake­hold­ers to brain­storm on how to im­prove the lives of the el­derly in the so­ci­ety.

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