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NGO Seeks Support for Elderly People

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A non-governmental organisation, 60 Plus Advocacy Initiative, has advocated support for elderly people.

The Chairman of the group, Dr Yinka Obalade, in a statement on Tuesday, said creating public awareness on matters of the elderly people would improve their quality of living.

He was quoted to have said this while presenting two shuttle tricycles to the Geriatric Unit at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, as part of activities to commemorate the 2021 International Day of Older Persons.

“The move, designed to ameliorate the intra-community mobility plight of the older persons in the LASUTH community, is one of the many ways that the Advocacy initiative seeks to support the elderly in the society.

“In promoting the collective interest of senior citizens’ rights in Nigeria, we are lending our voices to the matters that will improve the quality of living of the elderly people.

“The initiative has embarked on a number of projects that have since advanced the cause of creating recognition and respect for the rights of older citizens. Championing campaigns against discriminations and abuse of the senior citizen on grounds of age, we have developed suitable training programmes and train volunteers who are willing to serve as caregivers for the senior citizens,” the statement partly reads.

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