Plateau State government yesterday assured senior citizens in the state of good health in order to further enhance their contributions in state and national development.
The state government also said it would partner with the elderly in the state to tap from their knowledge, in order to move the state forward.
Secretary to the State government, Rufus Bature stated this in his welcome address on the celebration of the day of the elderly organised by the state Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development.
Represented by the permanent secretary, Policy and General Services, Richard Togma, the SSG lamented that the youths in the country no longer give respect and obedience to parents and elders.
“The important role played by our elders in the society cannot be overemphasised and as you are aware, we are today living in a globalised world with modern technologies that have totally eroded our value system and cultural heritage.
“We therefore need the counsel of the elderly to be able to restore these traditions in order to promote community self help, stronger kinship ties and also protect our local dialects which are now facing extinction due to the influence of western cultures.”
Also speaking at the occasion, the permanent secretary, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Dr. Sumaye Hanza said the ministry regularly carried out advocacy to promote the rights and welfare of disadvantaged and vulnerable sectors, especially older persons.”
According to her, “As an annual event, the ministry celebrates the day for the elderly to emphasise the important role that older persons play in nation building , as well as raise awareness on issues concerning them.
“The Day of the Elderly is meant to advocate, promote and uphold the rights of our elderly persons and assure them of government’s concern and continuous support on their plight.
“This day is internationally set aside to count on the contributions and tireless efforts of the elderly people in our society, and all of us should make deliberate efforts to take care of the elderly in our communities.”
She called on all spirited individuals, organisations and the general public to support the effort of the Governor Simon Lalong administration in putting smile on the faces of the aged, especially the vulnerable ones.
“I urge us all to engage with the elderly so as to boost their self esteem while their efforts are being appreciated.”

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