Akwa Ibom State Governor Pastor Umo Eno has said that an elderly persons village will be built in the state to cater for aged people who have no care across the 31 local government areas.
Speaking during a media parley at Government House to mark the 36th Anniversary of the state’s creation last weekend, Eno said all the elderly persons will be assembled in one central location under government’s hospitality.
The Governor listed facilities in the planned aged persons community to include a clinic, recreation centre, and water plant to improve the welfare of aged persons.
He recalled the plight of aged persons across rural communities in the state such as hunger, lack of access to medical facilities, witchcraft stigmatization and outright abandonment by immediate families because of poverty.
“The aged persons village will have a standard clinic, recreation centre and water plant for improved welfare of old people.
“We are doing the best we can to see that rural communities are developed while the aged people are being taken care of by government as it happens in other climes. ”
Although the Governor did not mention when the elderly people care home will commence, he stated that the administration is committed to the improvement of rural communities.
He said other sectors such as health, education, infrastructure, youths development and security of life and properties will be given adequate attention.
Umo Eno noted the present health facilities in the state do not meet SDG goals and promised to revamp health facilities across the 31 local areas in the state.
He warned politicians to desist from making frivolous financial demands adding that the commitment he signed was meant to to better the lives of common people not for greedy politicians.
“I believe that we need to save costs and reduce recurrent expenditures in governance to meet up with capital expenditures.