The Federal Government has approved the enrolment of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
The Director General of the NYSC, Brig. Gen. Suleiman Kazaure, announced this at the NYSC orientation camp in Ede, Osun State on Thursday during his inspection visit.
He said participation in the scheme would give corps members the opportunity to visit hospitals for treatment anytime they were sick during their service year and to prevent avoidable deaths.
Kazaure said, “Let me inform you that the President has approved the enrolment of all corps members into the NHIS.
“I was impressed when I received a call last night that very soon the whole process will be completed and I am sure that by next week, everything about this will be set.”
Kazaure advised the corps members to utilise the opportunities offered by the NYSC skill acquisition programme to be self-reliant after their service instead of searching for paid jobs.
The DG had earlier inspected a laboratory built by a corps member, Kayode Agarawu, who is serving with Eyiowu-Awi Pharmaceuticals Limited.
The owner of the pharmaceuticals company, Alhaji Atanda Babatunde, sponsored the project.
Kazaure also inspected the close circuit television cameras installed to monitor movements in and out of the camp to beef up security and ensure the safety of corps members.
The Osun State Coordinator of the NYSC, Mr. Emmanuel Attah, also lauded the corps member and his employer for contributing to the development of humanity and the camp.
Attah said his administration had been working tirelessly to make the camp comfortable for corps members despite little assistance.
The NYSC coordinator said 2,417 corps members were registered in the state but 70 of them were redeployed on health grounds while 29 were redeployed on marital grounds.
He urged corps members to respect the culture and traditions of their host communities in order to live peacefully with them and assured them that Osun State was a peaceful state.