The Journalists for aging network in Nigeria (JONAN) has congratulated, Dr Emem Omokaro, on her appointment as Director General Senior Citizens Center.
JONAN in a press statement by the Chairman, Maxwell Eseigbe, and the Secretary, Francisca Ogar, Wednesday in Abuja, said: “Her appointment by President Buhari is well deserved considering her numerous contribution to advocacy and enlightenment on issues surrounding the aging within and outside the country.
“At a time like this when the aging are grappling with the effects of the covid-19 pandemic on the world, the appointment is timely and offers a ray of hope that it is a new dawn for the welfare of the aging as capable and dogged hands take charge of their issues.”
The statement noted that thought the network was mindful of the fact that Nigeria has a lot of grounds to cover to bring her senior citizens to the same page with their counterparts in some climes in the areas of healthcare provision, financial inclusion, social services provision as well as job opportunities, they were hopefull that the creation of the center will lead to a proactive solution to these challenges.
“Dr Omokaro before her appointment was chairman of the Dave Omokaro foundation which has been responsible for educating persons on issues surrounding aging including journalists via series of annual trainings and workshops.”She was instrumental to the setting up of the INIA satellite center for sub Saharan Africa in Nigeria and has represented Nigeria at the UN sessions on aging issues over the years.
“Dr Omokaro has also led the discussions on the welfare of the aging in Nigeria as she served on various pivotal committees responsible for policies and framework on aging in Nigeria.
“The Journalists and aging network in Nigeria pledges her support and commitment to partnering with Dr Omokaro and the center to ensure that the voice of the aging is heard at all levels of society,” the statement read in part.