Creating Old Peoples’ Friendly Society: Promoting Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of Old People in Nigeria
O. S. Oyelade & T. A. Ogunleye
Volume 1 Issue 4 (2008)
The old people are very important in Africa like in any part of the world. They are held in high esteem fortheir wisdom, knowledge and dexterity in dispute settlement, governance, guidance for the young and custody of our historical values. It is therefore important that utmost care and protection is given to them to protect these legacies, which they have to bequeath to the younger generation. Human Rights are a veritable instrument that can help to preserve the lives of the old people. However, not so much in terms of civil and political rights (CPR) (even though these are equally important) but in terms of economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) in the provisions of basic necessities of life, e.g. health facilities and services, transportation, housing, social securities, clothing, food, etc. This is however not advocating the paramountcy of ESCR over CPR but making provisions that will enhance the quality of lives of old people in Nigeria.