The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) is an organization set up by the Nigerian government to involve the country’s graduates in the development of the country. There is no military conscription in Nigeria, but since 1973 graduates of universities and later polytechnics have been required to take part in the National Youth Service Corps program for one year. This is known as national service year. Ahmadu Ali served as the first Director-General of the NYSC until 1975. The incumbent Director-General is Brig. Gen. Sule Zakari Kazaure
NYSC was created on 22 May, 1973 with the aim of using it as a tool for the reconciliation, reconstruction, and rebuilding of the nation after the civil war. It was established based on decree No. 24 that stated that the scheme was created “with a view to the proper encouragement and development of common ties among the youths of Nigeria and the promotion of national unity”
Corps members are posted to states far from their state of origin where they are expected to mix with people from different ethic groups, social and family backgrounds, and learn the culture of the indigenes in the location they are posted to. This action is aimed at bringing about unity in the country and help the youths appreciate other ethnic groups. There is an “orientation” period of approximately three weeks spent in a military controlled “camp” away from family and friends. There is also a “passing out ceremony” at the end of the three weeks orientation camp after which corp members are posted to their Place of Primary Assignment (PPA). They are expected to work as full time staff at their PPA with exception of one working day devoted for the execution of community development service. After eleven months at their PPA, corp member are allowed a one month of vacation before their final passing out ceremony where they would be issued certificates of completion.
I haven’t actually seen anyone who does not love their service Year, they might have some really bad to say, mainly about the environment they were posted to, their alawi, among others, but there are certain things about NYSC that you just can’t forget, and today, i would love to list out, the top 4 Most loved things about NYSC.
So here are some of the very best goodies we found about NYSC and aspects of National service we loved and hope you did as well or you will.
1. The People
It’s no joke that most people have discovered their soul mates through this programme, countless of Nigerians have meet their life friends through NYSC and it’s among the very best moments you’ll enjoy in your lifetime. Youth service was fun mainly because you feel the energy of having thousands of eager young graduates around you and their energy in doing thins. It probably was the time you felt alive most after you’ve graduated.What even makes NYSC much more beautiful is that the fact some people who have graduated and were waiting for their call up letter, might have been idling away at home waiting, which makes it much more interesting.
2. Mammy Market
Hello? Except you are not in any area where Mammy market exists (is there such please) The truth is that most times, i often wonder how I would have coped in camp without the Mammy market. One memory that stands special and close to my heart is when i watched the energetic match between Chelsea and Napoli (I think it was the second leg of that season’s champions league match and was Roberto Di Matteo’s first champions league game after succeeding Villas Boas). The truth is that when it comes to Food, Mammy saved countless Corpers from having to face the horror of eating what they served us at lunch and dinner time (scary, except you don’t have the money to lunch outside, ehn, don’t be angry.
3. The Adventure
Yes, among interesting issue about the National Youth Service Corps is the fact that there are so many adventures, the joy and laughter. As a guy, it is truly exhilarating meeting young, beautiful women all over the camp. The sense of freedom and adventure though was way too much. You can’t just get it right why there are so many beautiful Corpers around you, and yes, the girls too don’t missed out of this one. Always ogling that special guy who looks handsome, macho and has a good sense of humor. A corper once told me that she always like sitting next to that guy that makes her laugh.
4. The Sports
Don’t even go there! lol. Exercising in NYSC camp is plainly an tiring business to so corps members. Imagine waking up at 4.30am for exercise? Not to mention that most ladies wakes up by 3 AM so they can do their makeup, it’s fun but drain so much strength. However, the sport time is one of the best experiences of serving our fatherland. Although i actually did not play in any of the sports, both my role as part of the broadcasting team (Orientation Broadcasting Service (OBS)) that covered the football games was as exciting.
How many of you tried dodging the parades, and will do anything, so that you never go for endurance trek, and spent a good portion of time at the Mammy market? As for me, i certainly would. Hey, don’t just read and go away, i would love to hear from you too. What other things did you find interesting during your youth service?
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