The National President of the association of Local Governments of Nigeria Hon. Alabi, Kolade David has said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s approval for a whooping seed grant of the sum of N2.5 billion for the National Senior Citizens Center (NSCC) is a novel idea that is timely and a Social Responsibility par excellence.
Speaking through his Abuja Media Office, the ÀLGON National President while thanking Mr. President noted that such consideration has prompted wide encomiums across the Local Governments and Councils in Nigeria.
He said he has received series of calls from across the country with expression of joy and happiness over the announcement.
Alabi thanked the Minister, Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Sadiya Farouq for the breaking the news yesterday.
He said that ALGON received with joy the news of signing into law the NSCC by President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR), which allows the creation of the center by the institutions of which the three levels of government are key stakeholders to meet the needs of the elderly.
Said he “As an umbrella body of the 3rd Tier of Government, ALGON wishes to identify with this laudable project without let or hindrance” he call for proper streamlining of strategic priorities, implementation processes as well as methodology to capture all the aged in the communities across the councils and LGA’s.
He added that statistics of the aged in and around the Local Governments and Councils in Nigeria has made the Association more receptive to the gesture.
The ALGON National President then noted that increasing prevalence of aging and aged in the LGAs has become a sort of rural challenge of which the third tier of government is presently overwhelmed with all manner difficulties, health, care-givers, infrastructures, and resources as well as management challenges.
He concluded by saying that the Association is ready to work closely with the Federal and State Governments to make it’s take-off and operation a huge success while calling on aged to leverage on this unique gesture to sustain a better life.