Blind NYSC member finds favour with Buhari

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A visually-impaired National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member, Okenala Ahmed, currently serving in Daura, Katsina State, has found favour with President Muhammadu Buhari who has pledged to personally assist him.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, made this known in a statement on Wednesday.

Ahmed, a 28-year-old graduate of Insurance from the Federal Polytechnic Offa, Kwara State, was among the NYSC members who paid Sallah homage to President Buhari at his private residence in Daura on Tuesday.

The visit was part of activities to mark this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.

Ahmed is an NYSC Economics teacher at Government Day Senior Secondary School, Daura.

Shehu said, in the course of the President’s interaction with the Corps members, the Corps Liaison Officer (CLO), Jibrin Ishak, had 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 due to his health condition.

Ishak, however, thanked the president for prioritising the welfare of the youth to secure their future through his style of leadership and developmental initiatives.

He also appealed to the President to come to the rescue of Ahmed, who was in dire need of medical attention.

Buhari, according to Shehu, responded by saying he would undertake the cost of medical care and treatment of the NYSC members.

The President, in the spirit of the season, also donated a bull, 10 bags of rice and N500,000 to the corps members.