As the world celebrates 2016 International Day of Older Persons, the federal government has pledged to promote the economic situation for older persons through IT programme, among others.
Speaking yesterday in Abuja at the one-day project partnership meeting organised by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Digital Bridge Institute, Abuja, and International Federation on Ageing, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, said changing the employment policies in order to enable older workers stay longer in employment and making work/ working environment attractive helps in advancing elderly people’s economy.
However, quoting the International Labour Organisation, Ngige warned that the increasing proportion of the population aged 60 and above, poses a growing policy challenge in both developed and underdeveloped countries.
‘According to United Nations population data and a new ILO analysis, this rate of increase among other persons will accelerate over the next 50 years. This puts our future social security systems in the country under increasing strain from an ageing population\’
He said other ways of promoting the economic situation for older persons include developing the potential of information and communication technology (ICT), open up employment and training of older persons.’
According to Ngige, who was represented by the acting director, Social Security/Cooperative Department, Fedral Ministry of Labour and Employment, Mrs Dorcas Ajiboye, this is not just a duty of government but should be a collaborative effort from other stakeholders and the private sector, who are to work together in this journey.