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International Day of Older Persons: Osun Gov’t charged to cater for senior citizens

The Osun State Government has been called upon to cater for older persons in the state to enable them to live well and enjoy the…

The Osun State Government has been called upon to cater for older persons in the state to enable them to live well and enjoy the rest of their lives. 

The Executive Director of Caring Hands, a non-profit organisation, Fehintola Obilomo, gave the charge in Osogbo on Saturday at an event marking the United Nations International Day of Older Persons.

On 14th of December 1990, the United Nations General Assembly designated October 1st as the International Day of Older Persons to celebrate the lives of senior citizens.

The theme for the International Day of Older Persons 2022 is ‘Resilience of Older Persons in a Changing World’. 

In Osun State, Caring Hands organised a get-together for older people in Osogbo to spend time together, play games and undergo medical checkup among other events.

Mrs Obilomo said the senior citizens were battling many challenges and called on the state government to cater for older people in the state. 

A retired teacher in the state, Mrs Iyiola Bola-Ojuolape, lamented that older people are not recognised in Nigeria, saying the International Day of Older Persons means a lot to her as it gives her great joy.

Another participant at the get together, Elder Adeoye Oladapo, also called on the government to remember older people in the state and cater for them.