Elderly People Cry For More Attention

THE SOCIETY FOR the Aged-Ghana (SOFAR), a Non-Governmental Organization has urged the government to always consider prioritizing the needs of the aged in the society in policy making and yearly budgetary allocations.

Rev. George M.K. Aduboffour , Chief Executive Officer of the organization appealed for  support from government, politicians, media and the  general public for the aged to enable them feel part of society without which they might feel  rejected.

‘We need to see the aged as our grandparents, pamper them, comfort them to make them feel joy in their hearts and act as their advisers and counselors to give them hope for the rest of their lives’, Rev. Aduboffour said.

The SOFAR CEO indicated at the National annual executives general meeting in Kumasi that most of the aged are senior citizens and pioneers who served the nation before and needed commendation in their old age and not to be rejected.

According him, it is time politicians and the governments of the day who make all kinds of donations to the children’s homes to also recognize the important role the aged had played towards the socio-economic growth of the nation in their youthful ages for which they need attention.

He said the government had shown commitment to support the aged in the provision of the needed logistics, through the Ministry for Gender, Children and Social Protection, headed by Nana Oye Lithur, as well as the increase in pension scheme towards a total and positive transformation of the lives of our grandparents.

Rev. Aduboffour urged the sector minister to put in more efforts to make sure that such promises by the government are fulfilled expressing the hope that the government is capable of delivering on its promises if it prioritized the needs of the aged since as he put it: ‘an aged in society is more beneficial than four young men who will not make any positive impact in the development of the society’.

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