15 July 2009

Nigeria: Senate Passes Elderly Persons Bill

A bill expected to give legal support for elderly people in the country was on Tuesday passed into law by the Senate.

The law is to relieve the people from untold hardship.

It is entitled, "National Agency for Elderly Persons Bill 2008".

If signed into law by President Umaru Yar'Adua, it will provide welfare and recreational facilities for the elderly, as well as design developmental programmes and activities for the advancement of the elderly persons in the country.

The agency to be set up for the purpose, according to the bill, shall promote research into matters related to elderly persons, serve as data bank on matters related to elderly people, provide for guidance and counseling for elderly persons, and provide community based care and support services in the areas of recreation, sports, health, housing and finance.

The agency is to further facilitate the formulations of policies affecting elderly persons primarily in areas such as recreation, sports, health and finance and liaise with national, regional and international agencies involved in matters related to elderly persons.

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