The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has expressed support for the proposed bill seeking to outline privileges, support and opportunities for the elderly in the country.
Dr Garba Abari, the Director-General, NOA disclosed this when he hosted members of Coalition of Societies for Rights of Older Persons (COSROPIN) on courtesy visit to the NOA headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday.
Abari said that the care for the elderly in the society should be a national concern, adding that the coalition of different organisations would provide a stronger voice for the domestication of the bill.
He said that the coalition would also facilitate advocacy and sensitisation to the grassroots.
” I urge all stakeholders across private and public organisations to contribute their quota towards improving the lot of the elderly in our society.”
The NOA boss pledged the commitment of the agency to the cause, saying it would deploy all the messaging platforms to promote the bill.
Abari said that the NOA would work with the coalition on the laudable initiative in line with national service.
Earlier, Sen. Eze Ajoku, the President, COSROPIN, said the coalition was formed to address issues affecting the aged, to protect their well-being, dignity and welfare, according to the Constitution.
Ajoku said that sections to actualise these objectives were contained in the proposed bill.
He said that the visit to NOA was to ask for partnership on the agency’s robust platform.
” We want NOA to add a stronger voice to this course by taking the message to all nooks and crannies of the country,” Ajoku said.