Nigerians have been urged to intensify efforts to end all forms of abuse against the elderly in the country.
The director general of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Garba Abari made the call at a forum to commemorate this year’s world elder abuse day.
The programme organized by a non-governmental organization, iCare Initiative for the Aged and the National Orientation Agency was aimed at sensitizing the public on the plights of the elderly in the society and the urgent need for proper protection and promotion of their fundamental human rights as well as end all forms of violence against them.
The NOA director general condemned the high rate of violence and abuse on the elderly pledged the continuous support of the agency in partnering relevant stakeholders to develop a national action plan to end the menace.
“The way the senior citizens are mistreated, exposed to violence and abuse is condemnable absolutely.”
The founder, iCare Initiative for the Aged, Mrs Chinyere Eze stressed the need for collective effort towards advancing the cause of the elderly.
“We believe that we are going to take this advocacy to all the states in Nigeria.”
In a keynote address, the executive director, Dave Omokaro Foundation, Dr Emem Omokaro noted that lack of political commitment still poses a great challenge in addressing the plights of the elderly.
Highlight of the event was the unveiling of the Say No To Elder Abuse sticker.
The theme of the programme is: Youth Today, Elders Tomorrow; Let’s Protect the Rights of Older Persons.