In keeping with its mandate, the National Senior Citizens Centre (NSCC) has pledged to collaborate with the Federal Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation towards developing a reliable and Sustainable Database of Senior Citizens.
The collaboration according to the Centre is with a view to establishing Senior Citizens Resource Centres across the Six Geo-Political Zones and to develop a Senior Citizens Personal Information Portal.
A Statement by the Head, Corporate Affairs, Media and Communications, Omini Oden, stated, “the plans are tailored towards the success of NSCC’s flagship programs; the Continuing Engagement Bureau Program and NSCC Senior-Led Indigenous Crafts and Skills Empowerment program,” NSCC DG, Emem Omokaro revealed.
“Others are, the establishment of Synergies with Relevant Stakeholders on operationalizing the Resource Centers and Information Portals, Identify their skills, experiences and their strategies and ability.”
The NSCC Continuing Engagement Bureau program is expected to Strengthen access to information and knowledge on possible engagements for senior citizens and provide for exchange of information and knowledge among agencies, NGO’s and Government as well as create enabling and supportive environment for engaging the services of senior citizens post retirement.
She added that the national assessments of Senior-led indigenous crafts and skills have necessitated the dire need to develop modern techniques, tools and processing infrastructures to relieve drudgery and expand production making it attractive to the youth to be involved. Mat making, cloth weaving, pottery, boat making, tie and dying, fishing net making etc.
The DG said: “NSCC is interested in the provision of age friendly ‘TELE HEALTH’ opportunities to our older persons as a means to improve access to health care which the older persons desperately need.
She also appealed for support to build the model Active Senior Center using Nigeria’s indigenous burnt bricks, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.
Dr Emem Omokaro said one of the landmarks of the present administration under President Muhammadu Buhari is bringing matters of Ageing from a narrow view to development with the setting up of the National Senior Citizens Centre in Nigeria.
Speaking earlier, the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Dr (Senator) Adeleke Olorunnimbe Mamora assured of jis partnership while receiving the Director General of the National Senior Citizens Centre, Dr Emem Omokaro in his office when she came for the formal presentation of NSCC Strategic Roadmap on Ageing 2022-2032 with a partnership proposal with the Ministry and its Agencies.
Dr Mamora said with the zeal exhibited by the management of the National Senior Citizens Centre, a robust partnership for the wellbeing of Senior Citizens through mainstreaming of Ageing and related programs with the Ministry and its Agencies was doable.
“One way will be through research findings and multi-sector partnerships to identify challenges and initiate innovative programs and services that will improve quality of life of older persons, while also promoting intergenerational synergies and economic growth opportunities,” the Minister explained.