Buhari inaugurates National Senior Citizens Centre

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has inaugurated the National Senior Citizens Centre.

He has also established a 12-member board to oversee the affairs of the Centre.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, announced this on Monday in a statement titled, ‘President Buhari approves Dr Emem Omokaro as Director-General of National Senior Citizens Centre, constitutes board.’

According to the statement, the establishment of the NSCC is in line with Section 16 (2) (d) of the Nigerian 1999 Constitution as amended; which mandates the State to provide adequate social services and improve the quality of life of the elderly.

It read in part, “The National Senior Citizens Centre was passed into law as the National Senior Citizens Centre Act, 2017 to cater for the needs of senior citizens (70 and above) in the country.

To realise this noble objective, and in order to ensure relevance and spread, persons of proven integrity from key ministries and organisations have been appointed into its Governing Board.

“Consequently, President Buhari has appointed Air Vice Marshal Muhammadu Muhammad (retd.) as the Chairman of the Board with Mansur Kuliya, representing the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development; Chris Isokpunwu representing the Federal Ministry of Health; Umar Utono representing the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing; and John Magbadelo representing Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity as members.

Other members include Bulus Kimde representing the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs; Sani Mustapha representing the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate; Usman Ahmed representing the Geriatric Association of Nigeria; Victoria Onu representing the Coalition of Societies for the Rights of Older Persons three other stakeholders namely Dorothy Nwodo, Mohammed Namadi and Emem Omokaro who also serves as the Director-General.

Buhari also approved the appointment of Ahmed Habib as the new Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency to replace AVM Muhammad (retd.) who is now Chairman of the National Senior Citizens Centre.

All the appointees will serve for four years.

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