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NEWS IN BRIEF: Buhari Directs Compulsory Health Insurance for Corps Members


President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to ensure the enrolment of corps members in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

The Director-General of NYSC, Brigadier-General Shuaibu Ibrahim, told reporters yesterday in Abuja that the NYSC had begun talks with NHIS in compliance with the presidential directive.

In addition, the NYSC has intensified liaison with security agencies to ensure the security of corps members during their service year.

According to him, 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.

“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.

W2e have also expended huge resources on critical health needs of corps members, including footing of medical bills.” Shuaibu warned that in order to prevent a possible outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in orientation camps, participants for the 2020 orientation will be restricted to camps for 21 days.


Credit: ThisDay



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