21 Nov 2012

NYSC: Post Camp Survival Guide

 So I have found it necessary to share this with the newly posted corp members in various states who are still in camp now. I do hope you have enjoyed every moment you have spent in camp till date, and I hope you participated in one way or the other in the different activities usually lined up for corp members during orientation. By now, most of you would be gearing up for the end of the orientation program, and subsequently, the winding up ceremony; some would have already began to speculate where they feel they would be posted, particularly those who might have taken part in one sport or the other, or been a part of the OBS crew and all that. I think there is more for “otondos” to take note of when you finally leave
camp. I would try to touch on every one of these important things in the course of this write up.

One of the most important things to take note of is your transportation out of camp to your various places of primary assignment. Majority of those posted to states where the orientation camps are located in very remote areas might find this particular issue challenging. Not to worry, the various local governments in your state of primary assignment would send vehicles to ferry corp members posted to their areas to their various LG’s. Some religious organizations such as the NCCF, NACC, and Muslim corp members associations in most cases also would have made necessary arrangements to make sure that new corp members get to their places of primary assignment. It is very important to stick to a group, I am stressing this part because you would be provided with enough information to survive in the state you were posted, as different states have stories and situations peculiar to them. Corp members who might be posted to rural areas should please desist from going individually to report to their PPA’s, remember, you are new in the area, and no matter how distinctive the NYSC uniform might be, not all communities are friendly. So to avoid any problems, always try to look for fellow corp members posted to your PPA so you won’t be alone.

Secondly, before you leave camp finally, make sure you make at least two (2) photocopies of your posting letter. By posting letter, I mean the one you would be given on your final day in camp before leaving. Remember also to make extra copies of your statement of result from your school you attended. In some cases, employers (especially academic institutions) request for copies of your statement of result before attending to you. Make sure you also make photocopies of your NYSC Id card, to save yourself the stress of running to and fro when your mates are busy getting cleared.  It is better to be safe than sorry.

Thirdly, and this might not shock those of you who might already be familiar with the scheme, or those who paid attention to the lectures while in camp. Most times not all corp members posted to a particular establishment might be accepted there. Yes, sometimes you might be rejected where you were posted. Most corp members panic at this point and begin to run back to the secretariat before trying to salvage the situation. I know the idea of the scheme is to reach out to rural areas as well as townships in the states, however, for most of you who don’t like “village life” and probably were lucky to get posted initially to the city but were rejected; do not on any account go on believing that NYSC does not allow inter-local government posting. The truth is once you get rejected and apply for reposting without trying to get yourself an alternative place to serve, you run the risk of being posted to the most interior parts of the state, which you might not find funny in the long run. To save yourself such “demotion”, all you have to do when you are rejected at your initial place of posting is to ensure that you collect a Letter of Rejection from your former “would be” employer. If you are “street” enough, go around the area and scout for organizations, schools or establishments that might need the services of a corp member, depending on your course of study. Do not be shy, or overtly independent-minded, talk to fellow corp members, no man is an island; you might get lucky and get an alternative place to serve.

Once you get accepted to serve in a place, make sure you collect your Letter of Acceptance, (for those who were rejected), attach this letter to the letter of rejection from your original place of posting, and proceed with it to the NYSC LG office to which you belong. Also, you would be assigned a new bank with which you must open a new account that would serve as your NYSC account for the duration of your service year. You must make sure you get your account number early enough so that you can be cleared for the month. It is also important for you as a new corp member to make sure to attend the “Zonal meeting” or “Group CDS” (depending on your Local government’s tradition), so that you would be properly informed of the activities that take place there. Do not be one of those corp members who would leave camp and “jet” back home instead of doing the necessary things that you need to do to make your service year hitch and query free.

Finally, try to identify with any of the CDS groups in your local government. Now this varies, depending on how your local government is run by the officials there. Some provide CDS cards almost immediately, while some do not. All in all, it is important to make sure you have this before leaving your state of PPA, if at all you have to. There would also be series of warnings not to travel, with different threats on what might happen if you do. For your own safety, any corp member who intends to travel should try to take an official into confidence. I mean one you feel you can trust, you could also try to inquire from old corp members who already have experience in these matters. They would advice you on what to do. Safety is the key though, please try not to get involved in any accident, as the NYSC would wash its hands off you if it is discovered that you traveled “illegally”.
I believe I have been able to cover the most important issues that need to be noted by “otondos” on their leaving camp. And I want to welcome you all to one full year of fun (depends on you), suffering( believe me you’ll get a slight dose) and service all in the name of our fatherland.

If you fail to pay heed to this advice, "You are Wrong"! Corper Wiiiiii Oh! LoL!


by Opeyemi
2012 9JEducation.org Work Study

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