October 17, 2018
Former Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur has urged the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) government to continue with the elderly care policy the previous National Democratic Congress (NDC) started.

According to the former Minister when she was the sector Minister, she launched a policy frame work created for the elderly, among which included; Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP), elderly were registered to join public transport free of charge,  they do not queue at the hospital and able to access social service for free.

“What we are asking this NPP government is to continue,  these laudable interventions that were started by the NDC government because the elderly knows no political color it is our responsibility to ensure that the elderly are cared for” she lamented.

She further added that, the elderly had toiled, as carpenters, farmers, market women and fisher folks for mother Ghana.

“When you are at your old age of your life, it is the responsibility of government, youth and every able body Ghanaian to support and care for the elderly”, she said.

The former Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister, made this remarks when she supported the Ellembele Member of Parliament (MP), Kofi Armah Buah to mark three years anniversary of Aya community centre that cared for the aged in the constituency.

She added that, life expectancy for the ordinary Ghana has increased, hence the need for government to increase its support for the elderly and emulate the good works of the Ellembele lawmaker.

Nana Oye Lithur commended the Ellembele lawmaker, Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah for his initiative and said it is a first of its kind in the Western Region and noted that his former cabinet colleague did deliver as a Minister for Energy, and also made people of his constituency proud.

“His passion for the elderly and lover, is the reason why after three years the Aya community centre for the elderly is still in operation”, she said.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com