Wel­fare of re­tirees should be a devel­op­ment is­sue – Dr. Omokaro

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Fran­cis Arinze Iloani

The wel­fare and well­be­ing of se­nior cit­i­zens in the coun­try must be seen as a devel­op­ment is­sue and ac­corded pri­or­ity.

This po­si­tion was ar­tic­u­lated by the Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor of Save Omokaro Foun­da­tion, Dr. Emem Omokaro, at an in­ter­view held in Abuja.

“Ag­ing should be seen as ar­tic­u­lated devel­op­ment is­sue. Devel­op­ment is about peo­ple. The ben­e­fit of devel­op­ment should be spread per per­son,” she said.

Omokaro, there­fore ad­vo­cated for the main stream­ing of is­sues that con­cern re­tirees and all aged per­sons in the coun­try into devel­op­ment agenda of the na­tion.

She called on gov­ern­ment to pay at­ten­tion to ac­cess to ap­pro­pri­ate health care for re­tirees who suf­fer chronic dis­eases as they aged.

“For you to have re­tirees pay­ing out of pocket for health ser­vices, when that age is when you have chronic dis­ease, I think that is cause for con­cern,” she said.

She lamented the ab­sence of a sys­tem of na­tional so­cial se­cu­rity that took care of the needs of aged per­sons.

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