Daily Trust (Abuja)

14 March 2012

Nigeria: Osun to Pay Allowances to Elderly Persons

Photo: UN Photo/Evan Schneider
A Bedouin family in Bir Lahlou, Western Sahara.

Osogbo — The Osun State government has said that henceforth, it would give allowances to elderly persons in the state for their upkeep. The state's governor, Alhaji Rauf Aregbesola, who disclosed this at an interactive session with elderly persons in the state, also announced that recreation centers where elders can meet and relax are in the pipeline.

Aregbesola added that legislations which will ensure that elderly and physically challenged persons in the state are given priority in public places and facilities are on the way. The governor said his administration would ensure that medical attention is given to elderly persons in government hospitals free of charge.

"We have before now promised to take care of the elderly and people with special needs, so, it should not be surprising that this administration created a ministry to take care of them.

This administration is aware of the fact that there are three seasons for every human being; a time when we are born and people come to take care of us, until the child becomes 40 where he would have attained the age of maturity and will be able to do everything on his own until things start dwindling by the age of 65 and above", he said.

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