From Aisha Mustapha Kolomi, Babagana Bukar Wakill, Maiduguri
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the take-off of the National Senior Citizens Centre with Dr Emem Omokaro as Director-General and 12 members with immediate effect.
The Presidents Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, confirmed this in a statement.
According to the presidential aide, the approval 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 National Senior Citizens Centre was passed into law as the National Senior Citizens Centre Act, 2017 to cater for the needs of senior citizens 70 years and above in the country.
Consequently, he said the president had approved the appointment of retired AVM. M.A. Muhammad as Chairman of the Board, with Mansur Kuliya, representing the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development as a member, among others.