Nigerian govt targets 37,000 jobs in geriatric social care industry


The Federal Government says no fewer than 37,000 jobs will be created in the geriatric care industry, being set up by the National Senior Citizens Centre, NSSC

The Director General of the Centre, Dr Emem Omokaro disclosed this on Sunday in Abuja, during an interview with NAN on the first anniversary of President Bola Tinubu.

Omokaro said in the past year of Tinubu-led administration, the NSCC had been able to build a system of caregiving to older people as a skill in the fields of health and social care.

“What we have before now, is that older persons are left to anybody available in the family, it does not matter whether the person knows anything about older age care and multimorbidity

“But, what we have done in this one year is that we work closely with the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) as a regulatory body for technical education to design a course in caregiving, which will now be a skill and will be integrated into the Nigerian skills qualification framework.

“That means, Geriatric Social Care now, is a sector skill which means that carers of older people must be trained and certified,” she said.

Omokaro said for the first time in the history of Nigeria, a document has been developed by the NSCC to bring sanity into the field of geriatric social care.

According to her, when the scheme is fully rolled out, no fewer than 1000 geriatric caregivers would be trained and engaged in each of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

Omokaro noted that most Nigerians who left the shores of the country were working in the care industry abroad without prerequisite training at home

Besides, she said that within the Nigeria skills framework, there is a demand that necessitated the set up of a geriatric social care sector

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