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NYSC’s Rural Dweller initiative Impacts 3-Million Nigerians-Brigadier General YD Ahmed



Joel Ajayi
In it’s continues moves to improving well being and healthy living of Nigerians especially the Rural Dwellers, the National Youth Service Corps’ Health initiative for Rural Dweller HIRD vehicle of free medical for Nigerians stormed the Junior Secondary School Gosa-Sarki in the federal Capital city where hundreds of citizens received free medical treatment, free consultation and Referrals for the people of the community.
It will be recalled that, the interventions of the HIRD platform have brought succor to over 3 millions of people in the country over the nine years of its birth.

Speaking on Thursday in Abuja during the flagged off of the 2024 edition of HIRD at the School premise in Gosa Sarki, the Director General of NYSC Brigadier Gen YD  Ahmed said the Scheme target is to reach at least five hundred thousand additional beneficiaries this year.   

According to the DG, the HIRD is the platform on which the NYSC caters for the health needs of the people in rural communities, who have little or no access to quality healthcare. 

“In essence, we are deploying the resources at our disposal to compliment the efforts of the Federal Government towards achieving universal health coverage as part of its social welfare programmes. 

“In driving this initiative, we leverage the expertise of Corps Medical Personnel, such as Doctors, Nurses, Pharmacists, and Laboratory Scientists, that are deployed to render free and qualitative medical services to communities across the country. We also mobilize medical consumables, including drugs, to treat ailments, while referrals are made to relevant health facilities, when necessary. 

“I am pleased to report that since the commencement of the programme, we have reached out to three million six hundred and fifteen thousand Nigerians by way of sensitization on causes and prevention of diseases; treatment of ailments; and referrals. Our target is to reach at least five hundred thousand additional beneficiaries this year.   

“It is heart-warming to note that the successes recorded in the programme over the years have been partly due to the support of various stakeholders, especially those that provide resources, such as drugs and other consumables for use during outreaches of this nature. I, therefore, wish to use this opportunity to once again express our profound gratitude to Government Agencies, non-governmental organizations as well as public-spirited individuals that have continued to lend helping hands towards sustaining this laudable initiative.”

He commended the patriotic zeal of Corps members of successive batches, who have been the field implementers of the HIRD in all States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory. Indeed, your dedication to this humanitarian endeavour is not only touching the lives of Nigerians positively, but also contributes to the visibility the NYSC as a Scheme that is responsive to national needs.

In her opening remarks, the Community Development Service and SP Hajiya Z. Isah revealed that the scheme have mobilized 50 Corps Medical personnel, comprising 20 Doctors, 12 Pharmacists, 10 Nurses 8 Medical Laboratory Scientists to attend to members of this community for the two day initiative in the community.

Highlighting of activities for the event Director of Community Development Service said the next two days will witness sensitization on causes and prevention of diseases; diagnosis; checkups and treatment of a wide range of ailments. 

She said that, the medical conditions that require greater expertise or more sophisticated facilities than the ones at the disposal will be referred to the appropriate facilities.

She however,  appreciated all the stakeholders for their contributions to the success of this initiative. 

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Oluwakemi Areola’s Vivacity Development Pioneers Youth Empowerment for a Sustainable Future



Abuja based organization,Vivacity Development, has reaffirmed its commitment to nurturing the potential of young individuals for a sustainable future.

Vivacity Development is strategically directing its efforts towards capacity development initiatives meticulously designed to equip young individuals with the essential skills necessary to flourish within the green economy. Simultaneously, the organization is harnessing the power of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Research and Development (R&D), with the overarching goal of driving innovation and sustainability.

Founder and CEO of Vivacity Development, Oluwakemi Areola, underscores the paramount role of youth in shaping a sustainable future. By prioritizing capacity development, the organization aims to arm young people with the expertise required to excel in the dynamic landscape of the green economy.

The organization has delineated four key initiatives aimed at facilitating the achievement of these objectives:

Green Economy Training Programs: Vivacity Development is spearheading specialized training programs focusing on the green economy. These initiatives encompass crucial areas such as renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, and environmental conservation, thereby empowering young individuals to make meaningful contributions to a greener world.

ICT Integration for R&D: Recognizing the transformative potential of technology, Vivacity Development is fully embracing ICT for Research and Development endeavors. By integrating cutting-edge technologies, the organization aims to catalyze innovation in sustainable practices, environmental conservation, and eco-friendly solutions.

Collaborations with Industry Leaders: Vivacity Development is actively fostering strategic partnerships with industry leaders in both the green economy and ICT sectors. These collaborations will provide young participants with invaluable real-world insights, mentorship, and opportunities to engage in impactful projects.

Youth-Led Initiatives: The organization is championing youth-led initiatives by offering a platform for young innovators to showcase their ideas. Vivacity Development firmly believes in the potential of the younger generation to drive positive change and, through mentorship and support, aims to amplify their impact.

Areola expresses profound enthusiasm about the initiative, emphasizing Vivacity Development’s unwavering belief in the power of youth to shape a sustainable future. She reaffirms the organization’s commitment to investing in capacity development and leveraging ICT for research and development, thereby nurturing a generation of environmentally conscious and innovative leaders.

The company’s dedication to the green economy is seamlessly aligned with its steadfast commitment to utilizing technology for research and development.

On February 22, 2024, Vivacity Development will hold its first event of the year at the University of Abuja, with the primary objective of inspiring transformative actions that promote sustainable development, enhance workforce readiness for the digital age, and accelerate the transition to a green economy.

By fostering interdisciplinary collaboration, promoting best practices, and facilitating capacity building, Vivacity Development is poised to create tangible impacts that contribute to a more sustainable and prosperous future.

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