By Ikenna Osuoha
Coalition of Societies for the Rights of Older Persons in Nigeria (COSROPIN) on Tuesday inaugurated a 12-member Board of Trustees (BOT).
Inaugurating the Board of Trustees in Abuja, Sen. Eze Ajoku, President of the coalition, tasked them on the need for strategic ideas to the advantage of older persons.
Ajoku urged them to use their contacts and all resources within their reach to advance the affairs of older persons.
“You will now be expected to use your voices as BOT members, contacts in government, international organizations, religious bodies and bring other distinguished Nigerians to come to the help of older persons.
“The board shall exercise the corporate power of COSROPIN as they relate to ownership of movable and immovable assets of COSROPIN.
“The BOT shall on behalf of COSROPIN institute legal actions and shall be the body corporate to sue to and be sued in all legal transaction of COSROPIN,” he said.
Ajoku who reiterated the commitment of the coalition to the welfare of older persons, commended them for dedication and passion for the wellbeing of older persons.
He expressed the need for the BOT to use their position to explore the magnitude of neglect, abandonment, exclusion, stereotyping, exploitation, denials, lack of assistance and poverty of the older persons.
According to him, they should use their resources to help the helpless and support programmes that will lift our members up.
Earlier, Mr Aliyu Abdulahi, Vice President of the Coalition, welcomed everyone.
He said that plans were on ground to mark the UN International Day for Older Persons to commence on Oct. 1 to 4.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 12 Board of Trustees members include Sen. Eze Ajoku, Mr Olayinka Ajomale, Ms May Ikokwu, Mallam Ibrahim Jega, AIG Stephen Ayewoni (rtd) and Prof. Tunde Adeniran.
Others include Maj.-Gen. Yakubu Usman (rtd), Alhaji Bala Umar, Rear Admiral Christopher Ehamor, Col Paul Omeruo, Prof. Obed Akura and Mallam Ibrahim Bunu. (NAN)