National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has reiterated its determination to review an existing collaboration with National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) on provision of free healthcare services to corps members.
The information is in a statement issued on Wednesday in Abuja by Mrs Adenike Adeyemi, Director, Press and Public Relations of NYSC.
She quoted Ibrahim as saying “the collaboration between the two establishments dated back to 2016 at the instance of the Federal Government which directed corps members to enroll in NHIS.”
Ibrahim who restated the scheme’s zero tolerance to night journeys by members, stressed the need for urgent attention to the health needs of corps members.
Sambo then congratulated Ibrahim on his appointment as 18th Chief Executive Officer of NYSC.
He also commended the NYSC management “for its untiring efforts in preventing unqualified persons from participating in the National Youth Service Corps programme with its punitive measures.”
The chief executive promised that NHIS would deploy resources within its reach to ensure that Nigerians accessed quality healthcare.
He added that NHIS would consolidate on its previous achievements and also device new strategies to reach out to oganisations in the country to enroll their employees in the scheme.
Sambo said that the NHIS was also making efforts toward ensuring that Nigerians in the diaspora benefitted from the scheme.
Edited by: Bayo Sekoni/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu
Ondo 2020: INEC re-opens registration link for NYSC members
The commission made this known in a statement issued after its meeting by Mr Festus Okoye, National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, in Abuja.
Okoye said that as a result of the disruption of normal processes in the electoral process occasioned by the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, INEC could not get the full complement of the NYSC members required as ad hoc staff for the election.
“Consequently, the Commission had to broaden its net to recruit the required ad hoc staff from tertiary institutions.
“However, the NYSC authorities recently informed the Commission that they were now in a position to mobilize more corps members for the Ondo State governorship election.
“ Meanwhile, the portal for the recruitment of ad hoc staff for the said election had closed since Aug. 21.
“After due consideration and to restore the corps members to their role in the electoral process, the Commission has decided to allow the recruitment of these additional NYSC members only.
“A special link to the registration form has, therefore, been provided to NYSC authorities to be used for this purpose.
“The Commission notes with appreciation the commitment of the NYSC leadership in sustaining the patriotic and crucial roles being played by corps members in the conduct of elections,’’ Okoye said.
On Edo State governorship election, Okoye said that all sensitive materials for the election had left the custody of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), in Benin for the various Local Government Areas in the State.
“Agents of the political parties involved in the election as well as those of the accredited Observer Groups observed the distribution of the sensitive materials.
“The Commission implores all the relevant stakeholders to continue to observe the distribution of the sensitive materials as they are moved further down the chain to the Registration Area Centres (RACs),’’ Okoye said.
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Donald Ugwu
NHIS enrols 1000 retired policemen in Bauchi
The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has enrolled 1,099 retired police officers in Bauchi State.
Alhaji Aminu Tanimu, the state NHIS Coordinator, announced in a statement, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Bauchi.
Tanimu said that the exercise was mainly to extend affordable healthcare to the most vulnerable groups in society.
“From the three-day exercise conducted from Sept. 7 to Sept. 9 in the North-East states, the NHIS successfully enrolled 1,099 retired police personnel in Bauchi state alone.
“They were registered in the five Area Commands in Azare, Katagum, Misau, Ningi and Toro LGAs,’’ Tanimu said.
The coordinator explained that the feat was part of the ongoing nationwide enrolment of retired police officers and their spouses by the scheme in collaboration with the Nigeria Police.
He said that the exercise was in line with the Scheme’s three-point rebranding agenda of value re-orientation, transparency and accountability as well as accelerating drive towards the Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
He noted that achieving UHC would not be feasible without health insurance coverage for the most vulnerable populations in society.
“The ongoing enrolment will improve access to health care and protect the senior citizens, who have served the country well, from the financial risks of diseases,’’ he said.
The state coordinator said the scheme was working toward creating various platforms for other vulnerable groups in the country.
Tanimu commended the Police Command in the state for its cooperation during the exercise.
He, however, appealed to the retired police personnel to use the opportunity and enrol along with their spouses in order to reduce the burden of healthcare out-of-pocket expenditure in retirement.
The Executive Secretary of the scheme, Prof. Mohammed Sambo, was represented by the acting General Manager, Human Resources and Administration, Sani Affa, at the event.
Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Abdulfatah Babatunde
National Identity Management Day: Okowa underscores importance of data in national planning
Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has underscored the need for reliable data collection and coordination for national planning and development.
Okowa laid the emphasis on Wednesday, when Mrs Henrietta Okolo, the Coordinator of National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) in Delta, paid him a courtesy visit in Government House, Asaba.
The governor, represented by his deputy, Mr Kingsley Otuar, said that inadequate data for planning purposes, posed a very huge challenge to the development of the country.
“Without appropriate data, there cannot be planning and development, and if there is planning and development without appropriate data, it will be haphazard and will not achieve the purpose it was meant for.
He said it was regrettable that only 48 million of the estimated 200 million Nigerians had been registered by NIMC and possessed the National Identity Cards.
He, however, called on the commission and other stakeholders to redouble efforts toward ensuring that more Nigerians were registered.
Okowa charged NIMC to do more to sensitise the people on the importance of registering for the national identity card.
The governor assured the commission of the state government’s support and partnership in ensuring that more Delta people registered.
“We thank you for coming today as we join you in celebrating our National Identity Day.
“NIMC has lots of work to do to ensure that we have reliable data for our national planning and development.
“I am sure that with the support of the Federal and State Governments and all stakeholders, we will be able to achieve that laudable objective of having reliable data for our national planning.
“For us in Delta, we take very serious cognisance of the fact that we cannot do without reliable data in our planning for the development of our state.
“You have alluded to our using the National Identity Number (NIN) in registering our people for the Contributory Health Insurance Scheme.
“We can’t afford a situation where women in rural areas have difficulty in paying their medical bills.
“As a state, we will bring our people into the health insurance scheme to provide the much needed health care for them,” Okowa said.
Earlier, Okolo said she led the management of the commission in the state on an advocacy visit to the governor to commemorate this year’s National Identity Management Day.
She said the theme of this year’s edition of the national identity management was “Identity for Health, Sustainable Development and Growth.”
The state coordinator said the theme was apt in view of the COVID-19 pandemic and the management of palliatives by various governments and donor agencies.
“This is the second edition of the celebration.
“We had the maiden edition in 2019 and the essence of celebrating this day is to create awareness on the importance of identification for national planning and development.
“NIMC was created by the federal government to collate all existing data bases from other agencies and manage them into a secured data base that can be relied upon by government for proper planning and development of the citizenry.
“As at today, you can’t renew your international passport without your national identification number, and it is also required in accessing the NHIS,” she said. .
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ejike Obeta
INEC says Continuous Voter Registration will resume in 2021
The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in charge of Kogi, Prof. James Apam, disclosed this on Wednesday at Onyadega, Ibaji Local Government Area of the state.
Apam said the exercise was aborted by the outbreak of COVID-19 some months ago.
He was addressing stakeholders in preparation for the forthcoming bye election in the local government area, blaming the inability of the commission to register Nigerians of voting age in the area, on the pandemic.
He appealed to those who would not be able to vote in the election to show understanding and bear with the commission.
The commissioner said that the by-election was necessitated by the sudden death of Mr John Abah who was representing the council in the State House of Assembly, in June.
He said that the by-election to fill the vacant seat would hold along with others nationwide on Oct. 31, asking the people of the area to get ready to participate fully.
Unlike previous elections , he said, the time scheduled for the election would be between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., adding that the poll would hold under strict observance of the safety protocols against the spread of the Coronavirus.
Accordingly, Apam said, the commission would provide water, sanitisers, methylated spirits and infrared thermometers at all the 148 polling units where the election would hold.
He said that similar arrangements would also be put in place at all the collation centres.
He said that voters, electoral officials and security agents would be made to wear face masks on the election day, and appealed to the political parties and candidates to also spread the message to their members and followers.
He further disclosed that 78, 575 voters would participate in the election, while arrangements were being made to organise training for the ad hoc staff and the commission’s staff that would conduct the election.
He appealed to leaders of political parties, candidates and other stakeholders to allow peace to reign before, during and after the election.
Apam promised that enough logistics would be provided to ensure a violent-free and successful election .
Also speaking, the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of operations in the state, Mr Marvelous Okoriovbe, warned candidates to avoid use of hate speech and provocative statements during their campaigns.
Okoriovbe assured that the police would provide enough personnel in all the nooks and crannies of the local government area throughout the election period.
Stakeholders who spoke at the meeting expressed fear that floods may impact negatively on the conduct of the election.
They also demanded a free and fair election and called on the police to provide security before and after the election.
The meeting was attended by political parties, candidates, traditional rulers, security agencies, observers and religious groups.
Edited By: Abdullahi Yusuf