The Labour Party House of Reps candidate for Nkanu East/West Federal Constituency in the 2023 general elections, Chief Barr. John Edeh (Okaa Oburuzo) has advocated an increased attention to the plights of the aged people, to enable them live longer in good health and useful to themselves and the society.
Chief Edeh cautioned against the increased practice of regarding elderly people in the society as witches and wizards who ought to be kept in an obscured location awaiting God’s call (death).
The LP candidate who spoke at the opening ceremony of an event organized by Pietan Caring Mission For the Poor in Agbani Catholic Deanery expressed concerns about the growing social and moral decadence in Nigeria, linking it to the neglect of the aged whose wealth of knowledge and wisdom are required for the reshaping of the younger generation and the society in general.
He commended the efforts of the founder of Pietan Caring Mission For the Poor, Rev. Sr. Dr. Theresa Nwodo and others working to ensure the care of the elderly, care of the street children and care of other vulnerable persons.
Okaa Oburuzo noted that older persons, depending on age are going through social isolation, and therefore will require interactions, networking and socializations across all generations, to improve their health, psychological, social and physical wellbeing, hence the decision of Pietan Caring Mission For the Poor to organize the event.
He promised to support the organisation and called on other good spirited individuals to assist the mission.
On her part, the founder of Pietan Caring Mission For the Poor, Rev. Sr Dr. Theresa Nwodo told journalists that the organization was interested in the welfare and wellbeing of the aged people, hence their interest in sponsoring the event that will provide platform to discuss issues that concern the elderly people.
She commended the determination and commitment of several donors to change the societal perception that the aged are not longer useful to the society, and they should be relegated to the background awaiting death.
She promised that Pietan Caring Mission For the Poor through her life changing programs will continue to support and drive any course that will herald improved welfare and wellbeing of the elderly people in Nigeria.
The event attracted notable personalities to include; Very Rev. Fr. Stan Zuowa, Prof. Joseph Eneh, Prof. Nnam-Igweagu, other religious and political leaders.
Highlight of the program was the cutting of cake by the elderly, matchpass amongst other side attractions.