President Muhammadu Buhari has issued a directive to the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to ensure the enrolment of corps members in the National Health Insurance Scheme.
NYSC Director-General, Brigadier-General Shuaibu Ibrahim announced this on Monday at a briefing held in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
He assured that the NYSC has intensified liaison with security agencies to ensure the security of corps members wherever they are serving in the country.
Solacebase reports that the event was held in preparation for the 2020 Batch B Orientation Course with compliance with COVID-19 guidelines.
Brigadier-General Shuaibu Ibrahim said with the annual mobilisation of over 300,000 corps members, the NYSC no doubt, “remains the most critical platform for mentoring Nigerian youths as drivers of national unity and development.”
The DG added; “I wish to use this opportunity to again express our gratitude to the security agencies and other stakeholders for their support. Furthermore, the scheme has concluded arrangement with the NHIS for the enrolment of corps members into the NHIS in line with a presidential directive. We have also expended huge resources on critical health needs of corps members, including footing of medical bills.”
He explained that the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has mobilised 66,000 eligible graduates to participate in the 2020 Batch B service year.
Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim noted that prospective corps members and course officials are however mandated to undergo the COVID-19 test before admission into the orientation camps set to reopen on Tuesday, November 10, 2020.
Also, the Director-General of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu at the event appealed to prospective corps members and officials to take personal responsibility, shun complacency, saying the second wave of the virus is not inevitable but can be prevented.
The NCDC boss said the centre is prepared to collaborate with the NYSC and ensure that all the prospective Corps Members and Camp Officials undergoes COVID-19 test.