• 8 Dec 2021 5:27 pm


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Hon. Sulaimon Kazeem Olanrewaju, Chairman, Ikorodu West Local Council Development Area of Lagos State, has stressed the need to hold in high esteem the welfare of elderly persons, saying they are valuable assets in the society.

Olanrewaju said this at a programme organised by the Centre for Rural Development and community Transformation (CERUDECT), an NGO to commemorate the annual International Day of Older Persons held on Friday in Ikorodu, Lagos.

“We still do not prioritize the senior citizens of this country. In other countries, especially United States and United Kingdom, the moment you are 55 years old free transportation and free medical are readily available.’’

“They have special cards for them and subside almost everything for them,” he analysed.

The LCDA chairman said that some of the youths were yet to start playing their roles in prioritising the welfare of the elders.“I must say that some of us have not really helped out elders.

“The moment they are at that age some of us treat them in a way that is not befitting as if they are still in the same age group with the younger ones.’’

He emphasised that to achieve the needful, our taxation must be more efficient so that all these can be achieved.
“Some of these elders actually pay tax and yet they do not have access to these amenities. Putting our elders in elderly homes is no longer fashionable and some of the developed countries are already phasing it out,” he said.

Also, Mr. Adeniyi Banjoko, a retired civil servant who was the guest speaker at the event said that children no longer appreciate their parents at their old age. Banjoko spoke on the theme: “Taking Care of the Aged in their own Homes or in the Elderly People’s Homes: Which is More Appropriate?” He added that elders needed more time and attention instead of being abandoned in the elder’s homes. He urged youths to ensure that elders were well celebrated and looked after.

Speaking also, The Program and Project Director of CERUDECT, Mr. Olusesan Olukoya said the community based NGO is concerned about the well-being of every member of the society, especially the aged.

To him, the vision of the organization is to develop the community members to become responsible, committed and productive members of their families, communities and the nation at large while the mission statement aims to empower community members to comprehend, embrace and practice choices that would ultimately result in a healthy productive lifestyle.

This programme is a yearly programme to celebrate the elderly in and communities and ensure they are well catering for. Olukoya tasked the government at all levels to prioritize the well-being of the elderly people in the country to what is obtainable.

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