Senior citizens of Bayelsa State from the age of 75-years and above are to enjoy some semblance of comfort under the new Bayelsa Welfare and Social Security Scheme in line with the restoration agenda of the Seriake Dickson-led administration.
Categories of Bayelsans, who are to receive monthly stipends of N5000 under the scheme, are indigenes of the state (pensioners excluded) in both the public and private sector.
Governor Dickson, while addressing some elderly persons at Government House, during a symbolic presentation of the stipends for the months of May and June, noted that it was the responsibility of government to cater for the welfare and wellbeing of elderly people in society.
Consequently, he stressed his administration’s resolve to serve the people of the state and put efforts at improving the living standard of the people.
“For us in government, we are here to serve the people. Government belongs to the people and not the other way round. It is your government and we will not stop at anything. Under my charge, government of this great state will strive hard to meet your needs in all spheres of life.
“We have shown that some of these things are possible. And we have good elders of this state, all of us here parents, uncles, aunts and mothers very often because of the challenges of present day living, most of the children that our old people have are not readily available when needed,” he said.