NHRC URGES STAKEHOLDERS TO ENSURE GOVERNMENT POLICIES PROTECT THE OLDER PERSONS

Posted: 2017-10-04


As Nigeria joins the rest of the world in celebrating this year's International Day for older persons, the National Human Rights Commission is calling on all stakeholders to make contributions to government policies to ensure that the rights of this vulnerable group are protected.

The theme for 2017 celebration which is "stepping into the future; tapping the talents, contributions and participation of older persons in societies" is very apt as it identifies the relevance, contributions and importance of older persons to their families, communities and societies; while acknowledging their needs, basic rights and choices.

The Acting Executive Secretary of NHRC, Mrs. Oti Ovrawah who made this statement in Abuja as part of the activities lined up by the Commission to commemorate the International Day for the Older Persons which is observed yearly on October 1, noted that stereotype, stigmatization, abuse, prejudice and misconceptions have been the bane of older persons in Nigeria.

She however stated that "these negative perceptions are increasingly changing due to sustained efforts of stakeholders. We must provide for this group of citizens who are custodians of wealth of experience necessary for nation building."

Mrs. Ovrawah noted that as a National institution saddled with the responsibility for the promotion, protection and enforcement of human rights of all persons residing in Nigeria, "we reiterate our commitment to partner with all stakeholders in mainstreaming the rights of older persons and other vulnerable groups in the country".

The Acting Head of the NHRC also urged the federal government of Nigeria to hasten and adopt the Draft National Policy on Ageing, to pave way for immediate implementation of directives on establishment of Geriatric Care unit in all private and public health centres in the country.

She also emphasized on the need to review the current National Development Plan to provide for a sustainable interventions for aged and also adopt a right based approach in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to cater for the vulnerable persons in Nigeria.


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