FG to create portal for senior citizens to find work after retirement

The federal government says it will create a portal to engage older persons who wish to continue offering services after retirement.

Emem Omokaro, director-general, National Senior Citizens Centre (NSCC), spoke on Wednesday at a collaborative meeting with relevant government agencies and stakeholders in Abuja.

Omokaro said the meeting aims to build a foundation of synergy between the centre and its critical partners.

She said the creation of an online platform is to tap into the potential of older persons.

The NSCC director-general said the portal would be operational latest by April.

“The aim of the collaboration is also to assist the centre to create an online portal that would engage older persons who are professionals in their different fields of endeavour to tap into their wealth of experiences,” she said. 

“This is a gathering of service-level collaborators on continuing engagement bureau projects, continuing engagement means that we are disrupting retirements.

We are creating platforms and tools, we are creating spaces for older persons who wish to continue to engage and have the opportunities to do so.

“You know, older persons have a right to contribute in any area they so wish and they also have a right to access the labour market after retirement not necessarily that they are to be employed by the government.

“We believe that older persons have a lot of talent and potential, they have expertise and skills so we can incubate their experiences. 

“We have built our portal because we need all the data that we need to have, whether you retired from the federal civil service, state or local governments level.

We are creating these platforms, and we are also identifying agencies that we need at this service level.

“So, in essence, the programme is really mobilising our older people because we want to show the wealth that Nigeria has and our approach is we are positioning NSCC to create wealth.” 

Aminu Hayatudeen, a representative of the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP), commended the centre for creating a platform that would better the lot of older persons in the country. 

Hayatudeen said the portal, when created, would assist the centre with an accurate database of older persons who are professionals in their different fields.

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