Wife of the Vice President Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo says priority attention should be given to the care of elderly people.

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The wife of the vice president said this on Monday in Abuja during the unveiling of Stakeholder Group on Ageing (SGA) at the 1st Annual African Regional Conference on Ageing.

Dolapo Osinbajo,

She said the call became necessary because the elderly were the “custodians of our history, our stories”.

Wife of the Vice President Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo says priority attention should be given to the care of elderly people.

The wife of the vice president said this on Monday in Abuja during the unveiling of Stakeholder Group on Ageing (SGA) at the 1st Annual African Regional Conference on Ageing.

She said the call became necessary because the elderly were the “custodians of our history, our stories”.

The SGA is an African regional coalition of organisations engaged in the implementation and achievements of SDGs 2030 and African Union Agenda 2063.

It seeks to end discrimination and influence the inclusion of older persons in societal development.

Dolapo commended the organisers of SGA, for choosing to make a difference in the lives of the aged rather than take a lukewarm attitude which had been a norm in the past.

Mrs Emem Omokaro, Convener and Chair, SGA Africa Int’l Conference Planning Committee, said that the aged were not any different, but a continuation in the trajectory of life.

She urged a shift in the narrative about older persons.

According to her, SGA Africa is looking for a compelling intervention framework that will be easy for policy makers, influencers and programme implementrs to get the aged population integrated into policies.

“We are going to consider health, long-term care, an age friendly environment, legal framework and social protection.

“We are also considering social and economic engagements of older persons in productive force.” she said.

Similarly, Amal Abou Rafeh, Chief, Programme on Ageing Unit, Social Inclusion and Participation Branch United Nations Department of Economics and Social Affairs, New York, urged a change in the treatment of the elderly.

She said the change would require engagement with a broad range of stakeholders, including NGOs, volunteer groups, academia and local communities.

She said the establishment of SGA which houses a diverse range of civil society experts, was well positioned to engage with and influence policymakers and the United Nations processes.

Rafeh said these could be achieved through the provision of valuable expertise and understanding of the local context in which they operate.

She said concrete proposals and creative solutions would be applied to the highlighted gaps between evidence, policy and practice in the benefit of the aged.

NAN

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