Reps to es­tab­lish coun­cil for the el­derly

Weekly Trust - - News - Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi Vincent Egun­yanga, Port Har­court

The House Rep­re­sen­ta­tives has com­menced the process of es­tab­lish­ing the Na­tional Coun­cil on Ag­ing, which will pro­vide so­cial wel­fare ser­vices for the el­derly.

When es­tab­lished, the of coun­cil will be sad­dled with the re­spon­si­bil­ity of pro­mot­ing re­search into mat­ters re­lated to el­derly per­sons, cre­ate a data bank, fa­cil­i­tate the for­mu­la­tion of poli­cies in ar­eas of fi­nance, re­cre­ation, sports and health­care.

The coun­cil will also pro­vide guid­ance for coun­selling the el­derly per­sons in Nige­ria, among oth­ers.

At a pub­lic hear­ing on three bills in Abuja by the com­mit­tees on women and so­cial de­vel­op­ment, youth and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions, stake­hold­ers sup­ported the es­tab­lish­ment of the coun­cil.

The Bayelsa State Gov­er­nor, Se­ri­ake Dick­son, has stressed the need for the po­lit­i­cal class to see their po­si­tions of au­thor­ity as a means of pur­su­ing the com­mon good of so­ci­ety with a view to im­prov­ing the living stan­dards of the peo­ple.

Gov­er­nor Dick­son stated this in Ye­nagoa, at the swear­ing-in cer­e­mony of the new Sec­re­tary to the State Gov­ern­ment, Bar­ris­ter Kemela Okara, a for­mer Gov­er­nor­ship can­di­date in

The chair­man of the women af­fairs and so­cial de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee, Stella Ngwu (PDP, Enugu), said the bill would also es­tab­lish a fund for the coun­cil in which money ap­proved by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment would be paid for the ad­min­is­tra­tion and ac­tiv­i­ties of the coun­cil.

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In a press state­ment by the Chief Press Sec­re­tary to the Gov­er­nor, Francis Ot­tah Agbo, the Gov­er­nor noted that, there will not be any mean­ing­ful progress and de­vel­op­ment in so­ci­ety, if lead­ers at all lev­els fail to ex­hibit the right val­ues and dis­ci­pline in car­ry­ing out their statu­tory du­ties.

He noted that, it was in re­al­iza­tion of this deficit that his ad­min­is­tra­tion is mak­ing con­scious ef­forts to cre­ate vi­able in­sti­tu­tions and also nur­ture lead­ers that could take the state to greater heights.

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