Students of tertiary institutions across the nation and the National Youth Service Corps members have commended the Chairman/CEO of the Naija Green Card initiative and former member, House of Representative, Hon. Bimbo Daramola, for introducing a first ever social protection plan for Nigerian tertiary students and youth corps members, saying it was a timely initiative aimed at ameliorating the current challenges they face.
The Naija Green Card is a social security cover for this category of Nigerians. It is a medium that allows recognizable person or persons to access the privilege to save as they spend on goods and services.
The initiative has over 1000 corporate partners nationwide spanning a broad spectrum of service providers/products/business organisations who have signed partnership agreements to provide between 5 to 50 percent discounts to identifiable nigerian students from all tertiary institutions and youth corp members.
Narrating how she had benefited from the project, a 2015 Batch “A” corps member, Chiamaka O., commended the management of the Naija Green Card, saying the initiative has transformed her life and other less privileged youth.
“I finished service in April, 2016. I got The Naija Green Card during orientation camp, Kubwa. I utilized the discount card well during my service year and got much savings from my spending. Amazingly, it was the discount card that brought me on the job I am today.
“I got the invitation for the final interview late at 9:30 PM and the interview was the next day according to the text. Hence, the only option left for me was to take flight if I must attend the interview the next day. But financially I was debilitated as I only had N20,000 left in my savings account from the Naija Green Card discounts while the flight ticket to Lagos from Abuja was N22,000.
“I contacted family and friends to assist in raising some money for me but all my efforts proved abortive. My Dad is a civil servant and for months he was not paid. Hopelessly, on checking the directory of Naija Green Card, I saw Dana Airlines as a partner airline with 10% discount for holders of Naija Green Card.