Weah Urged Not to Neglect ‘Senior Citizens’

first_imgMembers of the NASCOL who need the support of the Government of Liberia.NASCOL Pleads with government to provide shelter, healthcare, and foodArthur K. Masalley, 71, founder of the National Senior Citizens Organization of Liberia (NASCOL) has urged the government particularly President George Manneh Weah not to neglect Liberia’s senior citizens (old people).He said in an interview yesterday that his organization has carried out an assessment of the plights of ‘old people’ and has realized that their dire conditions need government’s urgent attention.“While we want to commend President Weah and Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor for the mandate given them by the Liberian people, we want to inform them the old people deserve their support,” he said.He said the previous government, through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, provided some assistance until the sector was transferred to the Minister of Gender, Children, & Social Protection.Masalley said while there are three vulnerable groups in the country (children, women, and older citizens), it is regrettable that the older-citizens sector has been replaced with the youth.“This has been done because the youth can cause noise while the older people keep to themselves, unable to make their voices heard,” he said.Mr. Masalley says the government should provide shelter, food and healthcare for old people.The NASCOL founder noted while aging is a natural process for anyone living, the George Weah government should not forget that old people also deserve the government’s support.Masalley regretted that in all communities across the country, some old people are branded as witches and are left to face the harsh realities of life.“When a young woman or man is facing difficulties, they run to a prophet or a medlast_img

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