The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has approved the enrolment of corps members into the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
The Director-General of the NYSC, Brig.-Gen. Suleiman Kazaure, made the disclosure at the opening ceremony of the 2018 edition of the NYSC Annual Management Conference, which coincided with the 45th anniversary of the Scheme held in Akure.
Kazaure also revealed that apart from the approval of enrolment into the NHIS, the orientation camp of the scheme, has a consultant from the Federal Medical Centre on ground, as part of the partnership with the Federal Ministry of Health to attend to any critical emergency health issues.
Kazaure used the opportunity to commend the corps members who participated in the Osun State gubernatorial poll, describing them as good ambassadors of NYSC.
He noted that the scheme would receive adequate attention as soon as the new national minimum wage was approved.
Kazaure said the scheme had cleared the backlog of unpaid staff allowances and also created a robust forum to interface with members of staff and labour unions for industrial harmony.
The DG said the theme of the conference was very apt in view of the laudable achievements recorded by the scheme in its 45 years of existence.
Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu , in his speech said NYSC contributed tremendously to the development of the nation’s democracy.
Akeredolu who was represented by his deputy, Hon. Agboola Ajayi, noted that the sustenance of the Scheme would continue to impact on the society. He pointed out that NYSC contributed over 80 per cent to the nation’s development and has deepened democracy.
“NYSC has not only harmonised the diverse ethnic groups of Nigeria, but also reduced prejudices and misconceptions thereby promoting mutual trust, understanding and tolerance,” Akeredolu said.
“As a way of appreciating the contribution of corps members to the development of the state, my administration has also introduced a package of N100, 000; N80, 000 and N50, 000 for the state honour award winners,” the governor added.
NYSC National Governing Board Chairperson, Amb. Fatima Balla Abubakar stated that the Board was attending the AMC in compliance with President Buhari’s charge to enhance service delivery by the scheme through improved operational strategies.
Earlier in an introductory address by the NYSC Director, Planning, Research and Statistics, Mrs. Victoria Okakwu, said the choice of Akure as the venue for the conference was informed by the unrelenting support, uncommon hospitality, love and care the scheme enjoy from the government, stakeholders and good people of Ondo State.