The Chairman, Lekki Residents Association, Lagos State, Mr Kayode Otitoju, has called on the Federal Government to consider the plight of the aged by building elderly people’s homes across the local government areas of the country.
Otitoju, a former Commissioner for Information and Culture in Ekiti State, made the call on Saturday during the recognition and awards of 30 octogenarians plus residing in Lekki Peninsula in an event entitled, ‘Old Skool – Glitz and Glamour.’
He said the building of the elderly homes in the country had become imperative because many elderly persons were abandoned.
He stated, “In Nigeria, we do not have old people’s homes. Those in government, particularly those in the legislature, should make case for the aged in the country.
“Government should know that the octogenarians plus and the aged are people who have seen it all. Government will do well if they move closer to them, seek advice, some of them that are up to 90 and are still consultants in their callings. Government should have policy for the aged to give them a sense of belonging.
“In that policy, what should be contained is welfare. In Ekiti State, when Kayode Fayemi was there in his first term, he instituted a policy whereby old people were given N5, 000 each per month. You may think it is small, but it is something for people who are no more productive in terms of economic production.
“Then again, the old people’s home is essential. There are some old persons who are abandoned and such people will feel comfortable with such a home. This should be replicated in all the local government areas in the country.”
Otitoju, who said Lekki is a melting pot in the country, said the awards and recognition were organised to commemorate those who were up to 80 years and above living in the estate, saying that people within the age bracket were usually relegated to the background.
He said, “We decided to honour the octogenarians plus because people within this age bracket are relegated to the background; people do not remember them anymore and they too can’t be as mobile as when they were young.