President Mohamed Muizzu and First Lady Sajida Mohamed inaugurated the ‘Israhvehinge Naadhee’, a centre for senior citizens, on Saturday.

This is the first such centre to be established as part of the administration’s Week 14 roadmap milestone to build special social centres for senior citizens.

Speaking at the inauguration, Muizzu said the people should acknowledge the foundations built by our forefathers in shaping the future of the country, as well as to respect Islam, the mother tounge, culture and customs in their fullest form.

“This centre will also play an instrumental role in this national effort,” he said.

The President urged senior citizens to make full use of the facilities assuring attendees that the administration would give priority to senior citizens and would provide them with the necessary assistance and the state’s full cooperation.

The President also highlighted that while the centres for people with disabilities had been neglected, the administration had initiated efforts to address the situation. This administration will continue to pay special attention to the elderly, people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, he said. Housing projects will be inclusive of these groups, the President assured.

The President also launched a photography competition titled ‘Ufaa‘, or Happiness.

The administration’s manifesto includes the establishment of centres in the north, south and central parts of the country to ensure the contentment and happiness of senior citizens.