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Issues, Challenges and Policy Implications of Social Security Provisions for the Aged in Nigeria

Kester, K. O. and Adeyeye, Olufemi J. and Ogunyinka, Kehinde O. (2007) Issues, Challenges and Policy Implications of Social Security Provisions for the Aged in Nigeria. A Journal of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Lagos State University, 6 (1 & 2). ISSN 978-33424-4-4

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The demographic characteristics of the Nigerian population have shown that the population of the country is ageing. Interestingly; while the population of these aged (majority of who are rural dwellers and women) is increasing, the population of the proportion under age I 5 is decreasing. And by rough estimate, it is expected that the size of the elderly in Nigeria will growfi·om 6 million in year 2000 to I 6 million by the year2005. This has grave consequence for the economic, socio-cultural and medical activities, which invariably raise the concern to develop a national action plan on how to manage resources in order to provide social safety-nets for the protection of the aged, particularly when the traditional family support systems are declining and weakened. In the light of the above, this paper focuses on the d(fferent problems of the aged in Nigeria; the provision and availability of social security services; and the examination of the possibility of having a better social security system that will enhance the quality of life of eve1y individual regardless of sex and age. On this basis, the paper therefore, recommends necessary policies/programmes that the Nigerian government (as well as other national governments in Africa) need to initiate in order to ensure better safety nets, not only for the aged butfor other categories oft he poor.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2015 09:06
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2015 22:59

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