The National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, has launched a health insurance programme for members of Emoriko Mutual Health Association, Emoriko, a rural community in Olamaboro local government area of Kogi State.
An indigent student of the community was also awarded a scholarship by the Executive Secretary of NHIS, Dr. ‘Femi Thomas, during the launch event.
The lucky beneficiary is Augustine Sunday, a 16-year-old SS 2 student of Emoriko Secondary School.
He was described by natives as a brilliant child of great hope, whom the community looks up to for succour and glory. The scholarship is up to the university level.
The scholarship was an unscheduled dimension to the formal flag of the insurance scheme, as officials of NHIS led by Dr Thomas, were touched by the palpable poverty that confronted guests as they trooped into the community for the event.
Dr Thomas was overwhelmed with emotion as similar conditions of his own childhood came flushing back to him. He told the story of his humble early years at Ikoro Ekiti, in Ijero Local Government Area of Ekiti State, when circumstances set him up for a wrestling match against financial and physical lack, even though he was gifted with impressive intellect and lofty promise.