President, Coalition of Societies for the Rights of Older Persons in Nigeria, COSROPIN, Senator Eze Ajoku has said that the group would soon send a bill to the National Assembly, with a view to promoting the rights and privileges of senior citizens in Nigeria.
This was contained in a 12-point communiqué issued at the end of its sixth anniversary/Seminar of Graceful Ageing Fellowship, GRAF, and made available to Nigerian Pilot in Abuja yesterday.
The communiqué highlighted that sustaining the rights and privileges of older persons should be a collective responsibility of the entire society, also that government at all levels should be prevailed upon to put in place an enabling law to give effect to the issues affecting their rights and privileges in the country through the establishment of Ageing Commission.
It also posited that the National Health Insurance Scheme should be inclusive of people of all ages, older persons who worked for government, and non-governmental organisations should be adequately care for them after retirement so as to sustain their living standards, and COSROPIN should be given adequate recognition by government as a mouthpiece for older persons.
The communiqué noted that “the skills and experiences of older persons should be harnessed for continued development of the country. Also government should create an enabling environment for entrepreneurs in the ageing business.
“Ageing demands action and must be at the front burner always,” it noted.
The aims and objectives the Coalition includes: “To awaken the consciousness of Nigeria to the plight and prospect so older persons, advance support and protect the welfare, wellbeing, dignity and rights of older persons, affirm and protect the rights of older persons in Nigeria as guaranteed by the constitution and law, as well as other Regional and International Human Rights Instruments to which Nigeria is a party.
“To strive for the provision of quality healthcare to older persons in Nigeria, oppose every discriminatory and disadvantageous policy and or legislation adversely affecting the rights, Welfare, Security and dignity of older persons in Nigeria, as well as apolitically present a strong united lobby in the federal and state Executive as well as other statutory bodies on matters affecting older persons in Nigeria.
To establish, promote foster links and networks with similar organisation in the international fora.
“To identify and promote the recognition of the wide – ranging expertise and services provided by older persons in Nigeria

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