By Funmi Komolafe
The Federal Government has constituted an inter-ministerial committee to develop an action plan on active ageing in the country.
If actualised, Nigeria would have taken some steps towards providing social security for its citizens.
Speaking at the stakeholders’ meeting on the Implementation of the Plan of Action on Ageing Empowerment Programme in Abuja, weekend, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Alex Anigbo, noted that the challenges of the ageing population cut across policies internationally, nationallly and locallly.
He stated that ageing is a natural process of evolution which progressively reduces the vibrancy of every human being, adding that ageing population remained an important economic resource whose experience, wisdom and knowledge cannot be abandoned by economic planners.
Anogbo, according to the ministryâ€™s Director of Press, Mr. Sam Olowookere, acknowledged the role played by some international donor agencies such as International Labour Organisation, World Health Organisation and the International Federation on Ageing in mainstreaming ageing issues into the development agenda of individual nations as part of Decent Work Agenda Country programme with a view to tap from their wealth of experience and exposure.
He advised the stakeholders to be committed and dedicated to the assigned responsibilities for the realization of the set objectives for the ageing population.
Members of the committee comprised the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Productivity (Chairman) and permanent secretaries of ministries of Health, Works and Urban Development, Women Affairs, Culture and Tourism, Sports and Education.
Others are National Planning Commission, Office of the Head of Service (Establishment and Pensions), Director of Employment and Wages, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity, whoÂ is the committeeâ€™s Secretary.