The Director-General of National Youth Service Corps, Brig.-Gen. Suleiman Kazaure, on Tuesday disclosed that the Federal Government had approved the enrolment of corps members into the National Health Insurance Scheme.
Kazaure gave the hint at the opening ceremony of the NYSC Annual Management Conference, which coincided with the 45th anniversary of the Service in Akure, Ondo State.
He explained that as part of partnership deal with Federal Ministry of Health, the orientation camp of the scheme had a consultant from the Federal Medical Centre even as he commended
corps members that participated in the Osun State gubernatorial election, describing them as good ambassadors of the scheme.
On the importance of the conference, the Director-General explained that the conference was organized for the top managers to come together and critically review the operations and policies of the scheme by setting an agenda so as to improve on the performance in the years ahead.
While disclosing that scheme has 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, he promised that increment of allowance of corps members would be effected as soon as a new national minimum wage is approved for workers.
The Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, while declaring the conference open, said that the NYSC had contributed tremendously to the development of the nation’s democracy.
Represented by his deputy, Agboola Ajayi, at the forum, the governor noted that the sustenance of the scheme would continue to impact on the society.
The Governor said: “NYSC has not only harmonised the diverse ethnic groups of Nigeria, but also reduced prejudices and misconceptions thereby promoting mutual trust, understanding and tolerance.
He pointed out that the annual management conference with the theme ‘NYSC At 45: “Consolidating Gains and Creating Opportunities’ was an indication that the management was committed to repositioning the scheme to face its current challenges.
Akeredolu said that as a way of appreciating the contribution of corps members to the development of Ondo state, his administration has also introduced a package of N100,000; N80, 000 and N50, 000 for the state honour award winners to corps members.
In her goodwill message, the Chairman of the NYSC National Governing Board, Mrs Fatima Abubakar, said that the Board members’ participation in the conference was in compliance with the President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive to enhance service delivery.