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NYSC: I suffered accommodation, water problems, but I enjoyed being a teacher


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If you have been through the National Youth Service Corps(NYSC) programme or doing so at present, please share your experience with others.

If you felt some heat or had a relaxing time when your child or sibling was serving as a Corper in any part of Nigeria, feel free to also share that experience on this platform.

Please send your article of maximum 850 words with your photograph to onepageafrica@gmail.com.Thank you.


My Youth Service programme was in a community called Nkwegu in Ebonyi State.

It wasn’t anything particularly different from the regular experiences of a number of corps members.  There was the road travel experience, which was significant because that was my first time of going to the eastern part of the country.

Life in the camp was different strokes for different folks. And at our places of primary assignment, the experiences were very different.

The trip to Abakaliki in Ebonyi State gave me an opportunity of sight- seeing places like Onitsha and  Enugu, though I dreaded the ‘ninth mile’ road that leads into the coal city. The road sits just on the edge of a very deep  gully, one that  could take your breath away  when you tried looking out of the windows of the bus.

Corpers looked forward to how they would be received and treated well by communities where they served, unlike the fears of attacks and killings that over took those who served in the recent past and at present.

The camp registration process was long and tedious yet, there were fake corpers who were only fished out a few days to the end of the camping period.

Getting even the smallest things done involved spiraling queues where people stood for hours and many others specialized in shunting.

Pockets of quarrels were regular, just as some people dodged the early morning military drills. Here, the Soldiers and Man-o War personnel carried on like lords.

Camp food wasn’t anything good so, traders at the mammy market made good returns selling food. Fun times where during Platoon activities and discussion sessions.

The camp fire night was great, but I was too exhausted to continue into the night after playing the lead role in cooking for my Platoon.

After three weeks of camping, I moved my things to the Army cantonment where I was to carry out my primary assignment in Army Day Secondary School, Nkwegu. I knew that my posting was going to be to a school or a media organisation because of my training in Communication for Health Development in camp under the UNICEF-NYSC programme.

Forty corpers were trained to train Peer Educators on Awareness and Education on HIV/AIDS.

At the school, this was to be a part of my primary assignment in addition to being a classroom teacher.

Getting accommodation for new corpers was hard since the batch A  corpers were still around. This situation made the first three weeks in the cantonment chaotic.

The CLO was forced to accommodate eight new corpers and about 10 people had no choice but share the available spaces in the one-bedroom apartment.

There was no room for privacy, so the ladies had to start taking their bath as early as 4.30 a.m. each day! For food matters, we patronized a local buka  in the morning, afternoon and at night.

After settling the accommodation problem, we continued with that of perpetually dry taps. At the initial period in the

Cantonment, we had to go and queue for hours for water at the only functional tap until the students started helping the corpers stay on queues and getting some water.

We got to understand that the state as a whole suffered lack of water due to the nature of the environment, so at a time, getting water to do all the sundry things meant going to a very far distance where the construction company that built the Cantonment had dug two large pits that had water stored in them from rainfalls. The quality of the water is better imagined but, we had no other choice.

Thanks to the officers who helped us out with water sometimes.

Being a teacher in that condition was tough but, the children’s zeal to learn encouraged us to continue with a hope for improvement.

I still remember my students, their ‘gudu moni ma’ and of course, the little errands that they ran for corpers happily.

It was fun and I enjoyed the teaching experience after all.

Although I patronized the village market once in a while to get vegetables and freshly made okpa( a local delicacy), I didn’t have the opportunity of a close relationship with the villagers since I lived in the Army Cantonment.






  1. Anonymous says

    my experience in nysc was exciting,i served in ebonyi state,abakiliki,ekumenyi local government council,where i worked as a volunteer teacher in a secondary school,i was provided with all facilities in the school and the community was accomodating and i made alot of friends with the community.

    my regret i did not get a wife from there.

    my exciting moment i stayed without light for one year.

    worst moment been query for being absence from duty.

    ozah harrison

  2. Anonymous says

    My Experience in NYSC was terrible, I serve in Anambra State, Akwa South local government which was the state capital.

    There was accommodation problem in the school i serve, I had to get accommodation outside the school, all bills paid by me. Most of the people from that area were hostile style to corpers. Life there was very expensive in terms of food stuffs.

    The teachers in the school i serve were very lazy and used corpers as there servant, and the principal was always on there side.

    my only happiness and joy was that my land lord was a very good and understandable man, apart from that I always pray for my services year to come to an end so as to go back to my family.

  3. onepageafrica says

    Lucky you.You had accommodation, but you probably did not need a wife then. Who says you can't go back to get a wife? Lol:-)

  4. onepageafrica says

    Sad one here. But it's all an experience.

  5. Lara Daniels says

    I somehow envy the experience (both good and bad) of those that have gone through the NYSC. Maybe NYSC cards will be dealt to me in the future…who knows? Good photos by the way.

  6. onepageafrica says

    Lara,thanks for dropping by. See ya on your page!

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