HEALTH

Stakeholders Advocate Better Welfare For Older Persons_Ada Nkong

The need to include older persons in social protection programs has been emphasized.
The Chairman FCT NUJ,Emmanuel Ogbeche made the call during the opening ceremony of the 2020 international training program in Gerontology and Geriatrics jointly organized by the International Institute on Ageing United Nations- Malta and The Dave Omokaro Foundation ( DOF) in collaboration with the Nigerian Union of Journalists.
Ogbeche who lamented the absence of social security programs for older persons urged participating journalist to set the agenda and drive the discussion and advocacy for the ageing. He appreciated the David Omokaro Foundation for the training opportunities to build capacity in reporting issues that partain to older persons.
The Executive Director of DOF in her speech, identified lack of understanding of socio-economic issues of the ageing population as a major problem. She said there is a need to identify and address ” systemic drivers of inequality ” in the contest of older persons as well as keep up with global trends in aging
Dr Omokaro stressed the need to key into the SDG window before it elapses in the next ten years.
Delivering the keynote address, Mrs Evelyn Onyilo,former NAWOJ National President called for synergy in reporting issues associated with older persons. She said deliberate efforts should be made to secure the good of the ageing as we shall all age.
Onyilo called on the National assembly to pass the bill in favour of ageing persons.
Participants at the five day training were drawn from different media houses, National Bureau for statistics, National Human rights commission and relevant MDA’s

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