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Bayelsa commits to welfare of the elderly

16 May 2014, 20:02

Bayelsa - Bayelsa Governor, Seriake Dickson, said his administration was spending up to N65 million to implement its welfare programme for the elderly.

Beneficiaries are 70 years and older.

The governor said programme was a precursor to a more robust programme of empowerment policy that would unfold.

“For the aged, who are 70 years and above, we presently pay them N5 000 every month and our government spends N60 million to 65 million every month. That is a huge amount, because if one multiplies that by 12 months plus administrative costs, one finds that we are spending more than 720 million a year,” Dickson told journalists as Government House in Yenagoa.

He described the elderly programme as novel in the history of the country and noted that old people were neglected in government’s schemes.

“We have a situation where, because of economic realities, people have to migrate from the villages to the urban areas to look for greener pastures and most of our parents and relations that are old are just left in the communities. That is not good.”

The governor pledged his commitment to the welfare of individuals, especially the most vulnerable in society.

“I am a welfarist and so, I believe government must be committed to the welfare of the individual, especially the most vulnerable in society. I thought that we should have a welfare programme that should attend to these people. We are trying to do something for the women as well.”

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