Social pension scheme for aged in informal sector

The Deputy Volta Regional Minister, Mr Francis Komla Ganyaglo, has announced that the government is developing a social pension scheme for old people in the informal sector to help address issues of poverty in old age.

He also said the government,  through the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection,  had initiated actions to review the policy implementation action plan with key stakeholders in order to include emerging issues and reflect the realities of issues facing the elderly in society.

Mr Ganyaglo therefore called on all stakeholders to commit themselves to a comprehensive, multi-lateral and multi-sectorial collaboration and action in addressing the challenges that may arise. 

 Mr Ganyaglo was addressing a leadership course organised by the Shepherd’s Centre of Ageing, Ghana for a section of the aged drawn from various communities in the Volta Region in Ho.

  No hatred
A former Volta Regional Minister under Nkrumah regime from 1961 to 1965, Mr Hans Kofi Boni, has advised the aged to remain neutral and refrain from harbouring sentiments of hatred to enable them to live healthy lives.

He said they should demonstrate acts of forgiveness towards their neighbours since that could lead to healing all wounds among neighbours.

Mr Boni, a political octonogerian at 86, recalled some past experiences with some of his political opponents and that although they had once lived in apprehension, they eventually got united and lived together as brothers after the spirit of forgiveness reigned in their lives. 

  Dignity of the aged
The proprietor of Dora Memorial School in Ho, Mrs Vida Dzobo, said she believed in dignity of the aged and called for well -tailored schemes to motivate caretakers to deliver their services to the aged in a friendly approach.

The Volta Regional director of Department of Social Welfare, Mr Nat Khing Tackie, said ageing was misunderstood leading to poor allocation of resources to meet the exigencies of the aged.

He said the drivers of the corporate world today might become the aged tomorrow, therefore all must show concern for the phenomenon of ageing.

  Overdependence on foreign values
The vice-chancellor of the Evangelical Presbyterian University College, Reverend Dr Cyril Fayose, who launched a book on ageing, called for overdependence on foreign traditions  and stressed on the revival of rich values which engendered partnerships which sought to assist each other.

In an address, the founder and director of Shepherd’s Centre of Ageing, Rev. Dr Seth Senyo Agidi, said the organisation was a community-based interfaith one that promoted and supported successful ageing.

  Old age
He said ageing does not imply that a person was useless and that old age was a blessing and therefore people should be glad to grow old because it went with experience and wisdom.

Rev. Dr Agidi said 100 communities were involved in the activities of the organisation adding that there was a proposal for the construction of homes for the aged in various communities.

the Fiaga of Ziavi traditional area, Togbe Kwaku Ayim IV, who was the chairman for the function said the age-old extended family system was collapsing causing lack of care for the aged and called for new schemes to replace it.

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