FG moves to curtail violence against older persons – Guardian Nigeria

The National Senior Citizen Centre (NSCC) has launched a toll-free line to report abuse or violence against older persons.
The centre in partnership with the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP) announced a toll free number, 0800-CALLNAPTIP or 07030000203 while MTN users can dial *627#.
The NSCC Director General, Dr Emem Omokaro, while speaking at the 2022 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) in Abuja, yesterday, noted that the country has all it takes to stop abuse against older persons.
She emphasised that Nigerians must be intentional about stopping abuse of older persons; promoting optimistic views of aging, mobilising society in their varied sectors and building networks of support for older persons to optimise their living conditions.
The NSCC DG noted that: “Rising life expectancy is a celebration; longevity is a blessing—#AgeingIsLiving—LiveToAge. However, it comes with its challenges and opportunities. How society defines and perceives ageing and older persons determines how society prepares for the challenges and if it would exploit the opportunities in ageing. 
“Whichever way, population ageing has profound consequences for every aspect of individual, community, national and international life; positively or negatively. For the positive to occur, we must combat ageism—the negative stereotypes, prejudices and discrimination against older people,” she said.
Omokaro further stated that the theme; “Inclusive Nigeria Campaign Against Ageism – Mobilizing National age-friendly support networks for older persons”, is apt to cause a fundamental positive change in perception, attitude and paradigm about ageing, old age and an inclusive society.
The President, Nigeria Union of Journalists, (NUJ), Comrade Christopher Isiguzo, underscored the need for the Federal Government to sustain the centre, urging the state government to key into replicating the centre in states so as to take care of the needs of the elderly.
“The need to care for our elders must be taken as a tradition and lifestyle. Issue of elder abuse lives with us, but we don’t report them. Going forward it will make news and in turn address the challenge,” he added.

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