The World Senior Citizens’ Day proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly is observed annually on August twenty one.
The day aims at recognizing the achievement and contributions of elderly people to the society, raise awareness of their conditions and makes efforts to support their aging process.
As Nigerians joins the global community to observe the day, some residents of Enugu metropolis want the Federal Government to prioritize the welfare of those who contributed to the growth of the country.
This according to them would encourage patriotism among younger generation and reduce corruption tendencies.
Speaking on the condition of Senior citizens in the country, a retired Executive Director Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Enugu National Station, Mr Eddie Agwuegbo, while describing growing old as a joyful phase of life, was not happy that the welfare of elderly persons who served the society was rarely given the needed attention in the nation.
Mr. Agwuegbo, who is a Septuagenarian, advised younger generation to start early to save through investments.
nother respondent, Mrs Cecilia Osinaomumu Nwabufo said that being elderly was a divine blessing and fulfilling, especially after contributing positively to humanity.
Mrs. Nwabufo, who retired as a nurse said that the practice of keeping elderly persons in old peoples home was not ideal, and advised everyone to relate cordially with people around them to make for a peaceful aging.
On why some workers get apprehensive when retirement approaches, the Chairman Joint Public Service Negotiating Council, Enugu State, Comrade Chukwuma Igbokwe, attributed such to system decay.
Comrade Igbokwe appealed to the various governments to review their policies and prioritize the payment of gratuity and pension, to encourage those still in public service.