Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has promised that the present administration would continue to prioritize the interest and welfare of Older Persons in the State.
Governor Ambode, who made this known on Tuesday during the International Day of the Older Persons, said that he relies on the wealth of experience of the older citizens to effectively deliver on his mandate, stressing that for successful performance his administration requires the collective participation of every resident of the State.
Ambode, represented by the State Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs.) Idiat Adebule, underscored the contributions of the older citizens in guiding the coming generation and in sustaining the State’s legacies.
According to him, the recognition of the fact that no society will prosper or flourish where the wisdom and participation of the older persons are neglected, necessitated the need for the State government to put necessary machinery in place to continue to cater for the older generation.
“The Lagos State government will continue to use this occasion to honour and celebrate the contributions and enormous potentials of older persons as we share with you all the collective vision of helping older adults reach their full health potential, live with dignity and participate fully in the society”, the Governor assured.
Ambode disclosed that arrangements have also been concluded for the establishment of modern Community Day Care Centres for the elderly in the three senatorial districts of the State for which land has been allocated in Epe, Badagry and Alimosho.
The Governor also pleaded with families and in particular children to give the best to their older persons who had laboured to see them through thick and thin, saying “Old age is a payback time to give timely support to our parents and we must not renege in making them happy by giving back what they have freely sacrificed for us”.
The Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Pharmacist (Mrs.) Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf said that the celebration, themed “Stepping Into The Future: Tapping The Talents, Contributions And Participation Of Older Persons In Society” is apt in view of the neglect being suffered by most of the older citizens as a result of their exclusion from scheme of things and effect of globalization being witnessed in every part of the world.
She emphasized that older persons play critical roles and constitute a powerful force for social cohesion and integration in the face of multiple challenges in the present world.
The Commissioner used the occasion to appeal to the media to relentlessly create awareness and sensitize the public on matters affecting the older persons.
October 1 of every year was designated by the United Nations General Assembly as the International Day of Older Persons through resolution 45/106 on December 14, 1990.