Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari had offered to pick the bill for the medical care and treatment of a visually-impaired National Youth Service Corps member, Okenala Ahmed.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists on Wednesday.
Shehu said the 28-year-old Ahmed was one of the corps members currently serving in the President’s hometown, Daura, Katsina State.
He said the President made the commitment when Ahmed joined his colleagues to pay Buhari the traditional sallah homage on Tuesday.
According to the presidential spokesman, the Corps Liaison Officer, Jibrin Ishak, brought Ahmed’s plight to the President’s attention during the visit.
The statement read, “President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged to assist a visually-impaired National Youth Service Corps member, currently deployed to Daura, Katsina State.
“28-year old Okenala Ahmed, a graduate of Insurance from the Federal Polytechnic Offa, Kwara State was among the corps members who paid Sallah homage to President Buhari Tuesday in Daura as part of activities to mark the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.
“In the course of the President’s interaction with the corps members, the Corps Liaison Officer, Jibrin Ishak, appealed for assistance for their physically-challenged member.
“According to the CLO, the indigent corps member, who is from Offa, Kwara State, had earlier contemplated redeployment from Katsina State due to his health condition.
“President Buhari will undertake the cost of medical care and treatment of Ahmed, who is an NYSC Economics teacher at the Government Day Senior Secondary School, Daura.”
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