NSCC, NBTE meet to develop curriculum for career in elderly care giving.

Oru Leonard 

In a bid to further ensure an enduring supply of quality care giving service is for the Nigerian growing aging industry, Dr Emem Omokaro, Director-General, National Senior Citizens Centre (NSCC), has expressed commitment to strengthen collaboration with the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) to create career path for caregivers in Nigeria.

Speaking at the meeting at Abuja on Wednesday Dr Emem said the Centre is working to ensure compliance, standards and regulations of caregivers, especially to older persons and other vulnerable groups in Nigeria.

In said, NSCC intends to work with the NBTE so as to ensure a structured collaboration towards creating a career path for caregivers, to certify, standardise and regulate the operations of caregivers in the country.

The D-G said the centre had identified some strategic institutions, one of which was the NBTE to achieve this target.

She noted that “ Because NBTE’s core mandate is to accredit and regulate, so NSCC as a government agency cannot regulate without working with an agency like NBTE because we are working towards ensuring technical competence.”

She further said the aim of the engagement was to ensure quality care assurance for certification, develop training modules for caregivers and care agencies administrators as well as open a website for registration of care agencies.

Responding, the Executive Secretary, National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) Prof. Idris Bugaje, represented by the Director Skills Development, Engr. Abbati Mohammed, assured the centre of the readiness to provide the necessary support towards achieving its objectives.

He said relevant skills acquisition is required to standardise the system of caregiving in the country.

He disclosed that a Memorandum of Understanding between NSCC and NBTE for accrediting caregivers is expected to be signed after all the discussions are harmonised at a later date.

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