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(Jul 20, 2009) It was reported on July 15, 2009, that the Nigerian Senate passed a bill, the National Agency for Elderly Persons Bill 2008, which, if signed into law by the President, will provide support for senior citizens in dire need of help. (Otei Oham, Senate Passes Elderly Persons Bill, DAILY INDEPENDENT (Lagos), July 15, 2009, available at http://allafrica.com/stories/200907150442.html.)

In addition to welfare and recreational facilities, the bill provides for designing different programs and other activities for improving the lives of senior citizens. To this end, the bill establishes an agency with the mandate to promote research, documentation, and dissemination of information on matters affecting senior citizens. In addition, the agency will provide community-based care and support services for the elderly in the areas of recreation, sports, health, housing, and finance. The agency is also tasked with facilitating policy formulation on issues affecting senior citizens and will act as a liaison between national, regional, and international institutions that work on similar issues. (Id.)

Author: Hanibal Goitom More by this author
Topic: Social Welfare More on this topic
Jurisdiction: Nigeria More about this jurisdiction

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Last updated: 07/20/2009