The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation, NDIC, has participated in this year’s annual Alake of Egbaland Free Medi-Care for Elderly and Lecture to mark the United Nations World Senior Citizens Day in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
The NDIC Director, Communication & Public Affairs Department, Bashir Nuhu, in a statement on Monday said the event featured free health screenings and services to the elderly including free medical eye examinations, glasses and eye surgeries.
According to him, the NDIC has been consistent in its corporate social responsibility at the grassroots which has impacted positively on the lives of the people and communities it serves.
The statement quoted Mr Gbadebo as expressing appreciation to the NDIC Management for honouring his invitation to join in showing compassion and celebrating the contributions of the elderly during the United Nation’s World Senior Citizens Day.
The monarch described it as symbolic of the importance the NDIC places on community development at the grassroots and urged the Corporation to continue to partner with local communities to promote its mandate of protecting depositors while at the same time touching the lives of the people.
In his response, the NDIC MD/CE, Bello Hassan, stressed the need to consistently assist and uplift the elderly not only in recognition of their contribution and years of service to the nation but also as role models and mentors to the younger generation.
Also speaking, the NDIC Executive Director of Corporate Services, Omolola Abiola-Edewor, who was conferred with the award of “Humanitarian Ambassador” by the Egbaland Humanitarian and Development Council, said that as a serving Chief and daughter of the soil, the initiative is close to her heart as it aligns with her passion for humanitarian causes.
She described the initiative as a veritable platform to give back to the elderly who have sacrificed and contributed so much to community service and investment in the younger ones.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the event also featured a keynote lecture titled “National Effective Pension System and Establishment of Senior Citizens Centres at State Level” which was delivered by Dr Tunde Adegbola.
Other eminent personalities present at the event include Olori Tokunbo Gbadebo, the representatives of the Ekiti State Governor and Lagos State Governors, the Ogun State INEC Commissioner and prominent Egba High Chiefs.