4 March 2021 By Mathew Ayoola
Coalition of Societies for the Rights of Older Persons in Nigeria has commended the Senate for the passage of Older Persons Rights and Privileges Bill.
President of the Coalition, Senator Eze Ajoku gave the commendation while speaking with newsmen in Abuja.
Senator Eze Ajoku, who expressed joy with the commitment of the Senate especially the Senator Betty Apiafi-led Senate Committee on Women Affairs, said the Bill if assented to would address numerous social and economic challenges confronting the ageing population.
According to him, the passage of the Bill will galvanise the right set of policies required to equip the Nigerian society to address the challenges of older persons.
“Some of the challenges facing the elderly in Nigeria includes retirement, ageism, and social isolation among others” He stated
He explained that the Bill after concurrence at the House of Representatives and assented to by the President would provide certain rights and privileges for older persons in order to ensure health and economic reliefs and protection for their social and civil rights.
Senator Ajoku further stated that it would strengthen the protection of the rights of older persons by identifying the peculiar human rights situation of older persons by reason of age.
He pointed out that issues of stereotypes and discrimination against the older persons would be a thing of the past.
“The Bill will equally address other matters such as systemic and interpersonal prejudice, stereotype and discrimination against older persons” Ajoku stated.
The Coalition President expressed optimism that the law had the capacity to bring about integration of older persons in development and to ensure age friendly environment.
He explained that matters of ageism would be permanently addressed as well as prescribing punitive measures where older persons’ rights were denied.
Senator Ajoku who lauded President Muhammdu Buhari for promoting older persons friendly policies, said the recent approval of National Policy on Ageing was a clear demonstration of this administration’s commitment to improve the lives of older persons.
He therefore appealed for the President’s early signing of the Bill into law whenever it is passed to him in affirmation of his strong will to enhancing quality of life for older persons.