Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Ageing Institute commences training programme for Nigerians

The United Nation's International Institute on ageing based in Malta has commenced a training programme for Nigerians to develop their capacity to care for older persons. To this end a Memorandum of understanding was signed in Abuja between the institute and the Dave Omokaro Foundation on Ageing.

 An World renowned scholar on ageing and tutor at the United Nations International Institute on Ageing, Malta, Professor Nana Apt said, that Nigeria had become the 28th country to sign the MOU on Ageing. The Executive Director of the Foundation, Dr. Emem Omolaro, who signed on behalf of Nigeria, said the initiative was borne out of the need to build the nation's capacity to care for the aged through a sustainable policy framework.

 The Chairman of the National Population Commission, Chief Eze Duruiheaoma gave an assurance that the Institute on Ageing and the Commission would partner with the Dave Omokaro Foundation on the Programme. A Former Military Administrator of Kogi State and member of the coalition of societies for the rights of Older Persons in Nigeria, Rtd. Colonel Paul Omeruo who commenced the stakeholders for the initiative called on the Federal Government to develop a clear cut policy on ageing.

 The event featured the takeoff of the first Nigerian based UN training on Ageing with over thirty participants in attendance.

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