Senior citizens task govt on social security
Scores of elderly persons at the weekend thronged the Lagos Island Local Government Secretariat, to collect stipends and foodstuffs provided by the council.
They have, therefore, appealed passionately to the government, particularly the Federal Government, to look into the plight of the elderly.
Specifically, they asked for the institution of social security scheme for the elderly to enable them to age gracefully.
Among the beneficiaries at the bi-monthly poverty alleviation programme for the aged were Mr. Lamidi Lawal and Alhaja Alaba.
Lawal said such a scheme was necessary to assist elderly people who had no means of survival to live long.
“There are some old people who do not have anything to depend on. It is proper for the government to support them as it is done in advanced countries.”
The Executive Secretary of the council, Mr. Tijani Olusi, who provided cash and foodstuffs to over 200 elderly persons, said: “This administration will continue to cater for the aged.
“We shall continue to carry out laudable programmes carried over from my predecessors to meet the yearnings of our people.”
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