They kept calling us ‘Prospective Corps Members’
The camp personnel were made to have a dialogue with us. It ended up in a form of brief ceremony to welcome us to IMO State NYSC orientation camp. It was this occasion that many things were revealed to us. We learnt that Monday, 28th November, 2016 will be the day the State Governor, Rochas Okorocha will be coming to the camp. There were proper activities to mark our swearing in as ‘Youth Corps Members of 2016 Batch B’.
No wonder they kept calling us ‘Prospective Youth Corps Members’.
Who is actually the Liar here?
I don’t know who is the actual liar here. My Call-Up Letter has ‘NYSC CAMP (NYSC Temporary Orientation Camp) former Girls’ Model Secondary School Eziama Obaire Nkwerre Local Government Area, IMO State’, while the NYSC State Coordinator said ‘Permanent Camp’. Even the signboard, posters etc. were all saying ‘Permanent Site’.
Between NYSC write up on the Call-Up Letter and the NYSC State Coordinator, I don’t seem to know who is actually the Liar. The former claiming ‘Temporary Orientation Camp’ while the latter is saying ‘Permanent Orientation Camp’.
At 3.45pm, the orientation ground was already up and bubbling with activities from different platoons.
I was of the ‘platoon 4’ extraction. Many of us got our ‘State Code’ 25.11.2016.
5.25 pm, the event kick-started and I returned to my ‘ceilingless bunk’.
Forceful Account Opening
The constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria clearly spelt out why people should have freedom. But in this case, we were forced to open an Account with ‘Access Bank’. I don’t know how to keep mute in cases like this.
I told them ‘I had an account with Access Bank’ yet they still coerced me into opening this account with the anthem ‘This account is specially for the NYSC monthly payment’. Rubbish of the highest order without orderlies to stand against any intruder.
Still no food from the camp welfare unit
Day 2 of camp resumption, no food for me. My platoon officer will not make our ‘Meal Cards’ ready.
What a pathetic and wicked act?
Wrong shoe size
I was given shoe size 39. I beseeched for it to be substituted for size 42 my size, but my pleas fell into a deaf ear. At this point in time, I realised the different sizes of shoes, shirts and trousers we filled during the registration were just mere play with our intellects.
The pains I inherited from the sneakers forced me to buy a rubber sneaker from Mami Market for N600.
…Towards a sound mind in a sound body
10 military personnel were drilling 10 different units ahead of the Governor’s arrival Monday, 28th November 2016, while 6 others were keeping eyes on the Corps Members in order for them not to leave the field (Parade ground) till after the morning session. The session came to a close at 9.26a.m.
About 1040 Corps Members who couldn’t follow the synchronization of feet (including me) were extracted from the rest to sit on the field while others do justice to the match pass. The training was really amplified to the best of my knowledge.
SIR A-ONE Wailing from NYSC CAMP
(Orientation Camp) former Girls’ Model Secondary School Eziama Obaire Nkwerre Local Government Area, IMO State.