Company to Build Recreational and Daycare Centres for the Elderly in Ogun State

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Project to create jobs for unemployed youths
Mary Ekah

There is certainly light at the end of the tunnel for the teeming unemployed youths in Ogun State as Care Companion Limited brings hope to them with its plans to establish about six recreational and daycare centres for the elderly in different parts of the state. The royal fathers in Abeokuta are already lending their supports for the quick take off of the project.

To this end, the Alake of Egbaland, HRM Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo along with other monarchs in the Ogun State has started donating lands for the non-profit project. The royal fathers who have promised to donate lands in different parts of the state include HRM Dr. Joseph Adeogun Oguntona Ogunjobi, Oba Igbore, Orile Obafemi Owode LGA; HRH Oba Kolawole Sowemimo, Afin Olu Owode Egba; HRM Oba Fatai Akamo, Olu Of Itori Land; HRH Femi Ogunleye, Oba of Akinale; Oba Dosumu Olowu of Owu and the Alake of Egbaland, HRM Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo III, amongst others.

Speaking during a visit to the Oba’s palace in Ake, Ogun State, to solicit support for the establishment of the planned Recreational and Daycare Centre in Abeokuta, the Director, Care Companions Limited, Mrs. Elizabeth Akin-Abiola, said the centres would take off with a temporary structure due to the urgency of its need to address the growing problem of depression amongst the elderly who had hitherto lacked care and attention while fund is being raised for the permanent structures.

Abiola explained further that Care Companion is a Nigerian registered company that takes cares of the elderly and vulnerable people in the society with a mission to render the much needed support and healthcare for the elderly.

She said Care Companion’s activity in Ogun State was its own contribution in a way to the society to create employment for the restive youths in the communities. “We are here to support the present government in reducing unemployment and of course give the elderly life once more,” she added.

Speaking further, she said, “We have a vision to build a Recreational and Daycare Centre in Ogun State and we are counting on you for our needs in terms of plots of lands for this project that will increase the life status of the elderly and youths.”

She said the recreational centre would engage senior citizens of like-minds and as such bring about bonding amongst the elderly as well as reduce boredom amongst them through encouraging increased participation in active activities amongst them. “We want to reduce the worry and stress, especially on their children who are too busy these days to attend to the elderly ones,“ she added.

The Alake of Egbaland who was visibly elated said, “I’m happy that some people have identified ‘growing old’ as a societal problem, and are also trying to address it. I’m happy that we can now turn to an organisation and say: ‘Please, I want to send this particular old man for daycare from morning to evening, every day.’ Or ‘I want to send one of my staff to come learn from you how to care for the elderly’. Or ‘Send me a live-in help for this elderly person’. This is so that the quality of life of the elderly will not be totally destroyed because of old age.”

Speaking further, he said, “In fact, having lived till old age, an elderly person should die happy; not sad that he or she is unable to do things necessary for daily survival and personal hygiene such as not being able to shave, wear clean clothes, eat good food, enjoy good company which were easily done in the past.

“I have already promised to give them a plot of land in Abeokuta where they can put up a daycare for the elderly, so that they (elderly persons) can come in the morning and return home in the evening. This is a non-profit initiative from me and I do not intend to ever make any money from it,” the monarch noted further.