By HENRIETTA GONZUK

CITIZENS of Plateau State have been challenged to include other persons in the process of sustainable development of the society.

The wife of governor of Plateau State, Regina Lalong made the challenge at the 2019 International Day of the Elderly in Jos at an event  held at the Banquet Hall Government House Little Rayfield, to mark the day.

Our correspondent reports that the United Nations General Assembly has set aside 1st October every year to celebrate Elderly Persons for the society and to also create awareness that although the older persons are fragile and vulnerable they are custodians of the peoples tradition and co-developers in the society.

Speaking on the theme, “journey to age equality, the wife of the governor represented by the wife of the Deputy Governor Abigail Tyoden, said citizens must curb the neglect and discrimination of old people towards sustainable development.

She also emphasized that government has keyed into the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations by providing policies that would enable the old people do engage in social economic processes in the state and empower citizens.

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hassana Ayika said this year’s celebration focuses on pathways of coping with existing and preventing future old age inequality on older persons. Adding that some of them have skills that can be properly harnessed for national development.

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Elder care and Development Center Aston Dangatea Jatau decried the various abuse meted on the older persons to include physical abuse, psychological or emotional neglect, abandonment and societal abuse.

He called on family members, friends and caregivers to prioritize giving the aged optimum care. Jatau na stated that the fear of the U.N has the alarming increase on the number of older persons estimated at 1.4 billion by the year 2030, but added that if properly harnessed, this number would not become a liability to the youth in future.

Theresa Wukari on behalf of the aged appreciated the wife of the governor for remembering the elderly people in the state.

The aged were drown from the seventeen local government areas of the state. Gifts items and cash were given to the old persons.

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