Members of the Senior Citizens Association of Nigeria (SCAN), Yaba, Lagos Branch, were full of excitement as they held this year’s edition of the association’s annual general meeting (AGM) on Wednesday, November 14. The event held at Yaba Baptist Church, Yaba, Lagos.
The Yaba meeting was held ahead of the national annual general meeting of the association, which holds on November 27. Venue is The First African Church Mission, Jehovah Shammah Cathedral, Iju-Ishaga.
The President of the group, Elder A.A. Fajobi elaborated on the progress made by the association since his administration took up the mantle of leadership of the association which became a year old on the day.
Elder Fajobi stated: “As an organisation, our objective is to make ourselves useful despite the challenges of ageing to ourselves and the community. We are to promote love and harmony among elders within and outside our areas of jurisdiction and to ensure respect and care for ourselves.”
He explained to the members the various steps taken to create awareness of the group’s existence among the members of the association in the Yaba area. He informed the house that some elderly members now join the association’s monthly meeting.
Elder Fajobi expressed gratitude to the chairman of Yaba Local Council Development Area, Kayode Omiyale, for his respect and care for the elderly. He urged the council boss to make the welfare of the elderly, such as the provision of a recreational centre, a priority of the government.
In his response, Hon. Omiyale praised the efforts of the association. He expressed delight that the elderly folks were determined to do something collectively for themselves, just as they did when they were younger. He promised to always support the cause of the association anytime he was called upon.
Speaking at the event, the national president of the association, Chief Timothy Ayorinde Ore, said: “The primary objective of the association is to collectively address the common problem of elderly men and women, which is loneliness. The purpose of the association is to fraternise and engage together in recreational activities.”
Secretary of the association read the annual report, while the annual accounts were presented by the treasurer.
The secretary, Elder C.A Sanyaolu, in his speech, highlighted the record of the branch under the year in review, among which were four birthday celebrations, eight new additional members and zero death record.
A lecture, entitled: Skincare for the elderly, was delivered by Dr Samuel Adegboyega Oyegbile, a public health consultant. The senior citizens were taken through different stages and changes that the skin goes through from infancy to adulthood, and to the advanced years.
Dr Oyegbile, who was also an elderly man, encouraged the senior citizens to consume more fruits and vegetable to maintain a radiant skin even at old age. He stressed the need for them to make consumption of plenty of water every day a priority.
“Good health is everybody’s responsibility. We need to sleep well, eat healthy and make sure we consume plenty of water everyday, at least four litres of water. Doing this will help our body to expel waste easily through perspiration, urination and defecation and guarantee us a good functional body system as well as a healthy and radiant skin at our old age,” he said.