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Ogun Assembly To Domesticate Bill For Protection Of Older Persons' Rights

                •Oluomo and COSROPIN


| The Daily Crucible | Published Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Ogun State House of Assembly on Wednesday disclosed that necessary stakeholders would be engaged to seek their inputs towards the domestication of the Older Persons (Rights and Privileges) Bill 2020 in Ogun State.

The Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Olakunle Oluomo, made this known when he received 
members of the Coalition of Societies for the Rights of Older Persons in Nigeria (COSROPIN) led by its Chairman, Mrs. Modupe Oladimeji in the Assembly Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

Oluomo noted that such legislative action was necessary to uphold the dignity of the aged; thereby addressing the prevalent societal abuse, stereotyping, abandonment, denial of rights and family exploitation against the aged.

Commending the advocacy efforts of the coalition, the Speaker counseled the senior citizens to equally engage concerned stakeholders towards conveying their inputs in preparation for the enactment of the bill by the Assembly. 

Earlier in her submission, the Chairman of the coalition, Mrs. Oladimeji explained that the formation of the non-governmental society was meant to provide a platform for the entrenchment and sustenance of the well-being of older persons in Nigeria.

She added that the coalition also seeks to awaken people's consciousness towards promoting and ensuring their well-being and dignity as older persons. 

She decried the flagrant abuse of the elderly today,  especially while using public facilities, and sought for the formulation of policies that would further cater for their medical and social needs in the State.

In their contributions, a retired Permanent Secretary, Elijah Akinyemi, a neuropsychiatrist, Dr. Folakemi Ogundele, a public analyst, Mr. Gbenga Gbesan and another member of the group, Dr. Solesi Abiodun called for the creation of a Directorate in the State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development to further plan for the aged through the collection of statistics, with a view to catering for their well-being, through qualified manpower including social workers and medical personnel.

They lauded the ingenuity of the State Government on the training of community health workers, who often attended to the aged at the grassroot health care centres, appealing for more social amenities for the aged, who were not economically stable to cater for themselves socially and medically amongst others.

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