NSCC, NIMC Partnership To Produce Senior Citizens Identity Card
By Ignatius Ushie
The National Senior Citizens Centre (NSCC) says it remains focused on having an inclusive society where every older person can live a dignified, healthy, and secure life with opportunities to continue participating in what they have value for. This was contained in a Press Release from the centre made available to Peaknews in Abuja.
According to the statement, the Director General of NSCC, Dr. Emem Omokaro, gave the assurance during a high-level engagement with the management of the National Identity Management Commission, where she formally presented copies of NSCC Strategic Roadmap on Ageing and National Plan of Action on Ageing and Project Activities.
She reinforced NSCC’s resolve to improve the standard of living of older persons by leveraging on the already existing partnership with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) for an age-friendly environment for senior citizens in the country.
Emem added that as part of NSCC’s mandate to engage in strategic multi-sectoral partnerships and data collection for identifying the needs of older persons, the partnership tends to serve as the leading way to actualize the intentions.
The Director General, however, pointed out that with the existing relationship between agencies on Age-Friendly Initiative, producing the senior citizens’ identity cards will be an added advantage to create easy access to transportation, health care, banks, markets and dignified service delivery.
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NSCC DG said the framework for creating a partnership with NIMC is embedded in the NSCC Strategic Roadmap on Ageing 2022-2032 and the National Plan of Action on Ageing in Nigeria and Project Activities 2021–2025.
In his response, the Director General. National Identity Management Commission, Engr. Aliyu Aziz Abubakar, said that older persons are an invaluable asset to the nation’s economy and therefore, Nigerians should cultivate the habits on how well senior citizens should be treated.
Engr. Aliyu, said efforts towards producing and issuing functional Identity cards for Senior Citizens in partnership with the National Senior Citizens Centre is work-in-progress going through due process and other administrative channels.
He applauded Dr. Emem Omokaro for her resilience and actualizing NSCC Strategic Roadmap on Ageing 2022-2032 and the National Plan of Action on Ageing in Nigeria and Project Activities 2021-2025.