Nine members of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), who suffered disability during their service year in 2014, were recently given hope by President Goodluck Jonathan during the Honours Award ceremony, held last week, Monday, at the Presidential Villa. Daily Sun report.
The heart-rending story of how they suffered disability was succoured through the NYSC Hope Alive Initiative.
The new programme, NYSC Hope Alive Initiative, is a public private partnership (PPP), aimed at bringing succour to corp members that were disabled during service.
Many in the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, the venue of the combined 2012, 2013 and 2014 President’s National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Honours Award ceremony were moved to tears at the tragic tale of these corps members.
The nine affected corp members are Susan Uwouku from Benue, Alade Bukola Olawaseun from Ekiti, Hunsu Oluwafemi Emmanuel from Lagos State, Igheghe Ijeoma from Delta State, and Akinrujomi Folarin from Ondo State, Nwagbara Eberechi from Rivers State, Kayode Funke, Samuel Nggada and Samuel Abigail from Oyo State.
Apart from grants of N23.5m to enable them pick up the pieces of their lives after the tragedies that left them disabled, they also benefited from automatic employment announced by the federal government.
A breakdown of the cash awards shows that N5m came from the Ibeto Group to the member whose condition prevented him from attending the ceremony to help in her treatment. The governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio gave all nine members N5m, while Heritage Bank gave N1.5 million each to all nine members and 30 automatic employment to others.
President Goodluck Jonathan, who at the ceremony approved automatic employment to corp members not yet employed in batches 2012, 2013 and 2014, and gave scholarships to those that intend to proceed immediately for their masters and doctorate degrees, disclosed that the Hope Alive Programme was very dear to him, he commended the NYSC for the initiative that seeks to identify and recognize Corp members who had the misfortune of becoming physically challenged as a result of injuries they sustained in the course of their National Service to their fatherland.
Speaking on the importance of the Hope Alive Initiative, Jonathan said: “The concern demonstrated by the NYSC in identifying and recommending some of them for appointment into the Federal Civil Service, while also assisting others financially, to enable them cater for their needs, is highly commendable. We must take care of the needy without hesitation.”
It would be recalled, a total of 164 corps members were given awards, 55 from 2012 year, 52 from 2013 service year and 57 from the 2014 service year.