Nigerian Senior citizens to get ID cards for easy access to social amenities

Nigerian Senior citizens will get ID cards for easy access to social amenities henceforth.

This was revealed by the Director-General, National Senior Citizens Centre (NSCC), Dr Emem Omokaro on Sunday.

She said plans were being made to create identity cards for the aged for easy access to social amenities in the country.

Omakaro, made this known in Abuja when she featured in the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum said that the identity card for the aged would enable them get prompt services.

According to her, older persons face a lot of challenges in the society, such as attitudinal and physical barriers, resulting in discrimination.

She said that the aged do not deserve such treatments due to what they had given to the society.

She said they deserve a better pay back from the society.

“One of such ways the society should give back to the elderly is by creating age-friendly services for the senior citizens.

“So we want to build a Nigeria where senior citizens will be dignified; we want Nigeria to see it also in the sense of financial assistance.

”When you go into the bank, you just see older persons lined up, youths are in front, the older persons are lined up behind, this should never happen.

”So the idea is that they should walk anywhere and get prompt service with their ID.”

Omokaro also said there should be safe transportation for them with discounts.

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