THE NIGERIAN JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY
Volume 11, No. 2, (2013)
Old-Age Security Provision and Life Satisfaction among the Elderly in Nigeria
Elias Olukorode Wahab
Department of Sociology Lagos State University Ojoo, Lagos
How security provision impacts on life satisfaction at old age in Nigeria is not well understood. This has become essential in order to improve preparation for old age and to formulate comprehensive social security system for the elderly. Quantitative data was collected through individual-based questionnaire, involving 810 respondents. Multi-stage sampling procedure was employed to select local government areas, enumeration areas and individuals for the study. Only about one-third of the respondents reported being satisfied with the old age security provisions. The level of education is statistically related to level of satisfaction with old age security provision; the elderly in extended families are more likely to report satisfaction with old age security provisions. Family type is somewhat statistically related to satisfaction with old age security provisions. This underscores the inadequacy of their income from pension. The idea that old-age security and well being in Nigeria should remain the primary responsibility of the family is untenable. Government must assume the primary responsibility in a partnership in which the family also continues to play a significant role.
Key words: well being, satisfaction, old age, security, Nigeria