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May 21, 2018

Our Six Years Journey to National Senior Citizens Centre Act 2018

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On Friday, January 26, 2018 President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) assented to the bill on National Senior Citizens Centre Act 2018 in the country to cater for the needs of senior citizens. In this write up, C.E. Ukaegbu Chairman, Resourceful Ageing Organization of Retired Executives (RARE) recounts the role the organization played towards the realization of the Act.

 

Doing things we never thought we could do is our experience in RARE. For example:

1.   When in 2011 we wrote to the Senate President, Distinguished Senator David A.B. Mark, GCON, on reckless handling of senior citizens at pension verification venues we hardly thought our letter could go very far. He referred the matter to the Chairman, Senate Committee on Establishments and Public Services who got the Head of Federal Civil Service to stop the nationwide abuse of elders called pension verification.

 

2.   Encouraged by this we sent a bill to him asking for a law to redress the ordeal of senior citizens in Nigeria. Again his response was positive. He advised us to approach a Distinguished Senator to present our bill in the Senate as private member bill. We did this through Distinguished Senator Chris ND Anyanwu MFR (Imo East).

 

3.   In September, 2012 we wrote to all Commercial Banks in Nigeria asking for prompt service to their fragile feet customers. They welcomed the request which one of them described as wonderful initiative. All the banks started calling out senior citizens from queues for quick service throughout the federation.

 

4.   In 2014 we sent to President Goodluck Jonathan (G C F R) and all state governors a memorandum on the Need for Ministry of Older Persons Affairs. Kano State Government welcomed the memo as a good proposal. In appreciation we published in The Leader of Sunday, January 18, 2015 an article captioned “Dr. Rabui Kwankwaso: A Governor Senior Citizens should know”.

 

5.   On Nov. 2, 2016 and Nov. 11, 2016 we wrote to the Senate President, Distinguished Senator Bukola Saraki (GCON), The Speaker House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara (CFR) and Babachir David Lawal, Secretary to the Federal Government, stressing the need for Federal and State Ministries of Older Persons Affairs since “Nigeria has no Older Nigerians Act to address the lack of community social services for older persons”.

 

6.   On June 8, 2016 we wrote to Distinguished Senator David A.B. Mark GCON immediate past Senate President who listened to us during his tenure to graciously throw his weight behind our proposal.

7.   On April 12, 2017 we wrote to the following Committee Chairmen of the National Assembly on the same subject with the same wordings as in our letters to Senate President and the Speaker, House of Representatives.

 

·     Distinguished Senator Samuel Anyanwu, (Imo East) Chairman Senate Committee on Ethics and Privileges.

 

·     Distinguished Senator Samuel Paulker, Chairman, Senate Committee on Establishment and Public Service Matters.

 

·     Hon Nicholas Ossai, Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Ethics and Privileges.

 

·     Hon. Gogo Tamuno, Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Public Service Matters.

 

These legislators saw the truth in our letters that “Nigeria has no Older Nigerians Act to address the lack of community Social Services for older persons”. On Friday, January 26, 2018 President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) assented to their bill on National Senior Citizens Centre Act 2018 in the country to cater for the needs of senior citizens.

We are profoundly grateful to Mr. President and the 8th National Assembly. We pray God to reward them and bless them with healthy and graceful ageing for making this Law we have been seeking since 2011 to promote the dignity of senior citizens in Nigeria.

 

C.E Ukaegbu

Chairman (08060850474)

 


 

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