Its long been a terrible stain on our conscience that elderly people have to travel from the country side and queue at pension offices to receive megre sums.
Even direr is the plight of those senior citizens who were not engaged in the formal centre and have to depend on relatives for their upkeep often getting abused and denigrated in the process.
It is to mitigate such hardships that perhaps President Mahama has pledged that upon securing victory in the December polls, he is committed to expand the scheme which supports the elderly intimating that any elder above 65 years not on any pension scheme would be entitled to a monthly stipend from the state.
He made this known at the State Banquet Hall in Accra, Tuesday night, when he presented highlights of the 100-plus page manifesto document set to be unveiled on September 17, 2016.
The National Democratic Congress presidential candidate also disclosed physically challenged citizens in the country will be vigorously assisted using various interventions including mass registration on the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and introduce specially designed tricycles for their use while ensuring that the ‘Aged Bill’ is passed before his second term expires.