President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the take-off of the National Senior Citizens Centre and appointed Emem Omokaro as the director-general.
Mr Buhari’s media aide, Garba Shehu, confirmed this in a statement in Abuja on Monday.
According to the statement, the approval 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.
The centre was passed into law as the National Senior Citizens Centre Act, 2017, to cater to senior citizens’ needs (70 years and above) in the country.
”To realise this noble objective and ensure relevance and spread, persons of proven integrity from key ministries and organisations have been appointed into the centre’s Governing Board,” added the statement.
It listed “AVM. M.A. Muhammad as the board chairman, with Mansur Kuliya, representing the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development” as a member.
Chris Osa Isokpunwu, representing the health ministry; Umar Abdullahi Utono, representing works and housing ministry; and John Olushola Magbadelo, representing labour ministry, are also members.
There are also Bulus Friya Kimde, representing the women affairs ministry; Sani Mustapha, representing Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) and Usman Ahmed, representing the Geriatric Association of Nigeria.
Other members are Victoria Onu, representing Coalition of Societies for the Rights of Older Persons (CORSOPIN), Dorothy Nwodo, and Mohammed Namadi.
The president also approved the appointment of Ahmed Mustapha Habib as the new director-general of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to replace retired Mr Muhammad, now NSCC chairman.
”The appointments are for an initial period of four years,” the statement said.