Buhari names Emem Omokaro as pioneer DG of National Senior Citizens Centre

June 1, 2021
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Deji Elumoye in Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the take-off of the National Senior Citizens Centre (NSCC) with the appointment of Dr. Emem Omokaro, as its pioneer director-general.

Presidential Spokesman, Mr. Garba Shehu, in a press release yesterday, said the takeoff of the centre is in line with Section 16 (2) (d) of the Nigerian 1999 Constitution as amended, which mandates the state to provide adequate social services and improve the quality of life of the elderly.

The NSCC was passed into law as the National Senior Citizens Centre Act, 2017 to cater for the needs of senior citizens (70 and above) in the country.

Persons of proven integrity from key ministries and organisations have been appointed into its 12-man governing board.

Those appointed board members include AVM. M.A. Muhammad (rtd), who would serve as chairman of the board with Mansur Kuliya, representing the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development; Dr. Chris Osa Isokpunwu, representing the Federal Ministry of Health; Mr. Umar Abdullahi Utono, representing the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing and Dr. John Olushola Magbadelo, representing the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity as members.

Other members are Mrs. Bulus Friya Kimde representing the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs; Mr. Sani Ibrahim Mustapha, representing the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD); Professor Usman Ahmed, representing the Geriatric Association of Nigeria; Mrs. Victoria Onu, representing the Coalition of Societies for the Rights of Older Persons (CORSOPIN) and three other stakeholders namely Dr. Dorothy Nwodo and Professor Mohammed Mustapha.

Buhari also approved the appointment of Mr. Ahmed Mustapha Habib, as the new director general of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to replace Muhammad, who is now Chairman of the NSCC.

All the appointments are for an initial period of four years.

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