Nakuru County on Tuesday joined the World in Marking International Day for the elderly with calls on society to ensure the elderly have decent lives.
The theme for this year is ‘The Journey to Age Equality’.Speaking during the celebrations held at Alms House for the elderly in Kivumbini Ward, Nakuru East Sub County, Nakuru County Director of Social Services Mr.Josephat Kimemia said the current generation is fruit manifestation of the elderly.
Director Kimemia assuring residents of Nakuru that as a department they are committed to ensure quality welfare for the elderly.
“As a department we shall continue to work closely with other stakeholders to ensure our elderly persons are also living a decent life”he said.
Kimemia also revealing that the Nakuru Alms house for the elderly that is undergoing facelift is facing numerous challenges among them lack of space for expansion due to land grabbers.
Already there is the new hostel constructed by the county government of Nakuru at a tune of Ksh.6million that will see other 16 more beds.
There will also be the construction of a decent gate and a perimeter wall to keep off land grabbers.
But according to Director Kimemia, More Ksh.7 million will be channeled for the construction of modern kitchen, dining hall and staff quotas that will be used for the caretakers.
He however called on those who still sit on the land meant for the facility to surrender it back to allow for the expansion.
“The challenge is that money for expansion is available but there is no space as most of the land has been grabbed. We therefore call on County government to urge those who still hold the land belonging to this facility to return” said Kimemia.
Sentiments echoed by County Coordinator Social Development form the National Government Ms Agnes Oriri.
She reiterated the government’s commitment towards empowering the elderly in society through the various social protection funds among them Inua Jamii program.
According to Ms Oriri, in Nakuru County over 30,000 elderly persons have benefited from the program.She urged the county government of Nakuru through the Directorate of Social Services to ensure the policies and guidelines on social protection institutions are followed to the latter.
“The National government is committed to ensuring better welfare for the elderly and that is why we have the Inua Jamii program. Despite some few challenges which are being worked out the program is doing well” said Ms Oriri.
The Function was also attended by Nakuru County CEC for Youth and Sports,Gender,Culture and Social Services Eng.Lucy Kariuki.In her speech, the CEC urging residents of Nakuru County to embrace the elderly by adopting them.
She added that the county government of Nakuru will continue to work closely with the National Government on matters elderly welfare in Nakuru.
The CEC also sounding a stern warning to those who grabbed land belonging to the Alms House that they will face the law.
“The land that has been grabbed must be recovered and the county will do all it can to ensure such” said CEC Kariuki.
During the event,the county governmnet of Nakuru donated blankets for the elderly at the Alms house.
The United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Older Persons is celebrated annually on October 1 to recognize the contributions of older persons and to examine issues that affect their lives.
PHOTO/NGPU:Nakuru County CEC Youth and Sports,Gender,Culture and Social Services Eng.Lucy Kariuki has a word with an elderly person attending the International Day for the elderly celebrations at the Alms House for the elderly in Kivumbini,Nakuru East Sub county.