Life Is For The Living, Embrace NHIS – NYSC Ondo Coordinator To Corps Members


By Simeon Bankole

The Ondo State Coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps, Mrs. Victoria Nnenna Ani has appealed to corps members to value their lives and access the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in case they have any medical challenge.

The State Coordinator made the appeal while de-briefing the 2023 Batch ‘B’ (Stream II) corps members at the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp in Ikare-Akoko.

Mrs. Ani reiterated that the NYSC management placed much premium on the lives of corps members hence the Presidential directive which ordered that corps members be enrolled into the NHIS Scheme and this took effect in February 2022.

“NYSC is a responsible organisation which values the security and welfare of corps members with utmost and prior importance. What I am saying in essence is that in case you have health or medical challenges, visit an accredited facility in your Local Government of service for free medical attention.”

The State Coordinator admonished them not to influence their rejection as the programme they were registered, mobilised and deployed for is national service and not personal service.

“My dear gentlemen corps members, I want it registered in your mind and psyche that the programme that took you away from your various comfort zones for one calendar year is known and called national service which predisposes that you are bound as a matter of duty to accept your postings without reservations and in good faith.

“Simply put, I am saying that you should not influence your rejection as this negates the core value on which the NYSC Scheme stands. A patriotic Nigerian will offer his or her services to the nation irrespective of challenges and other encumbrances. Let the principle of patriotism dwell in you for the greater benefit of the country.”

The administrator who elicits charisma as a result of her ability to mould and mentor graduate youths into becoming great leaders the country desires preached peace and love to the corps members and admonished them to replicate the same in their places of primary assignment.

“My dear children, the greatest law of nature is love and with love, you will conquer all the obstacles and overcome challenges. Show love to people you will meet at your places of primary assignment and be humble so that your service to the nation will have meaning to them and bear good fruits. Remember that they are your immediate next of kin and do well to be ambassadors of the Scheme which everyone will be proud of.

“The NYSC has put in place error-proof processes to help you navigate successfully the service year and it will serve your best interest if you see your Local Government Inspectors as fathers and mothers, uncles and aunts, brothers and sisters who have been placed in all Local Governments to tend to your needs while in service and I want to enjoin you to approach them and discuss your challenges with them in a respectful manner.”

She challenged them to put all that they have learned during the orientation course to good use while at the same time urging them not to disrespect the constituted authority wherever they find themselves.

“Humility and obedience to constituted authority will take you far in life even beyond your expectations. Never look down on people you will be meeting but rather accord them respect and I want to assure you that what you desire will come to you quickly and faster than what all your certificates will attract to you. Make the best of your service year and always remember that you have been granted national privilege to contribute your quota to the development of this great and beautiful nation,” she concluded.

The surprising part of the de-briefing exercise was the presentation of cash donation to the State Coordinator by corps member Mohammed Awal Abdulganiyu, code number OD/23B/2386 on behalf of the Orientation Broadcasting Service (OBS) Crew to support the one-storey OBS Studio building project which is at the painting stage.

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