No JAMB registration, no mobilisation for corps members — NYSC insists

The NYSC Director, Public Relation, Mrs Bosede Aribigbe, on Tuesday advised prospective corps members to obtain their JAMB registration numbers, to avoid demobilisation.

Aribigbe told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that one of the requirements for participation in the orientation exercise was the presentation of JAMB registration number.

According to her, only corps members, who are duly qualified and registered with JAMB will be mobilised for the scheme.

She, therefore, advised prospective corps members to obtain their registration numbers from JAMB to qualify for the exercise.

Aribigbe said:  “I am advising the prospective corps members to make sure that they obtain their JAMB registration numbers to be able to participate in the orientation exercise.

`‘They must liaise with their Students Affairs Department to be able to secure the JAMB registration numbers, if they do not have it.

“Parents and guardians of those who are going for degrees and HND through remedial should encourage their wards to obtain the registration number, to enable them participate in the exercise.

`This category of students should give the registration number to their student affairs departments immediately they secure it, to ensure they will participate in the scheme.”

She said that the pre-mobilisation workshop for the 2013 Batch ‘B’ exercise was billed to hold in April.

She recalled that some of the prospective corps members due for mobilisation in the 2013 Batch `A’ exercise could not do so, due to failure to present JAMB registration numbers.

She disclosed that the 2013 Batch ‘A‘ orientation exercise for corps members deployed to Yobe and Borno would hold from April 4, to April 25 in the Nasarawa and Benue camps.

She also said that 70,000 corps members were mobilised for the 2013 Batch `A’ orientation exercise nationwide.

NAN reports that the scheme had in a statement signed by the NYSC Director-General, Brig.-Gen. Nnamdi Okore-Affia, also advised corps producing institutions to abide by the admission quota.

The statement issued on Feb. 13, reveals that the quota system was approved by National Universities Commission and National Board for Technical Education, which are education regulatory agencies.

The statement further revealed that graduates of institutions whose courses were not duly accredited would also not be allowed to participate in the orientation exercise.

I Found an Angel in Camp!!! (Message to the Devil)

MESSAGE TO THE DEVIL

I don’t know if I should call her an angel or a demon. All I know is she got lost and found herself in that helly domicile called NYSC CAMP.
Scientists would call her an Allien buh any stupid man like me would call her Beautiful. Mr Devil, Such a Ugly and cruel world they say, how come there’s this strange beautiful creature roaming the Earth. She disturbs my mind and I dont think I can ever stop thinking of her.

“I have a dream, I have a dream!..”
Martin Luther screamed.
I’m sure she was in that dream.
Any dream without her is the definition of nightmare.

Morning drills; dance and exercise the body… Really!!! I never knew; To me, it was another opportunity to see an angel. I called it Morning Thrills…
I’m not dat dumb, I approached her, I took a pix with her, I spoke to her and I got her digits. I havnt dialled her though, I’ll do that when I learn the Heavenly Language. I havnt spoken to an angel before!!. She gat me wishing Camp was from then till forever ends, buh now Camp’s over. All I can say is I’ve been to hell and I’m back.
And if the devil’s not the one reading this letter. Tell him I found an angel in hell…

by DEAN
@deanmizzy

 

NYSC Assures Corps Members of Redeployment on Security Grounds

Remains of buses after Monday's explosions at a bus park in Sabon Gari in Kano March 19, 2013.
Remains of buses after Monday’s explosions at a bus park in Sabon Gari in Kano March 19, 2013.

The spate of insecurity in the north is negatively affecting participation in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme. The north is gradually becoming a zone where few corps members are willing to serve. Many of them have found a perfect excuse to seek redeployment from the north in the wanton killings embarked on by members of the Islamic terrorist group, Boko Haram.

For example, out of the 2,413 corps members posted to Kano State, where the terrorists have sustained their attacks on Kano, the state capital, 900 have applied to be redeployed.
The situation in the north has forced the NYSC management to rethink its policy on redeployment. Unlike before when the onus was on the corps members to prove beyond reasonable doubt that their reasons for seeking redeployment is genuine, they need not do that anymore, especially for those posted to the north.
The NYSC management confirmed yesterday that it would not reject any application for redeployment on security grounds.
The confirmation came in the wake of rumours that some of its offices in states in the north had been denying corps members seeking redeployment on security grounds. The NYSC management in Adamawa State, one of the terror-stricken states in the north, was alleged to have insisted that redeployment would only be on the grounds of marriage and ill health.
This was said to be based on the improved security situation in the state. However, gunmen, suspected to be Boko Haram members, last week attacked Ganye in Ganye Local Government Area of the state during which they killed some people in an attack on the police station in the town.
The Director of Public Relations at the NYSC National Headquarters, Mrs. Bose Aderibigbe, in a telephone conversation with THISDAY yesterday, described as untrue claims that the organisation has been rejecting redeployment applications from corps members posted to terror-stricken states.
She said: “That is not true. Adamawa was the last place we visited and everybody that applied for redeployment was released.”
Another official of the NYSC who spoke off the record corroborated Aderibigbe’s statement.
“It is not possible for the NYSC or any of its state offices to issue such a directive that we would only redeploy on grounds of marriage or for medical reasons. With the security situation in the north, every application for redeployment is entertained. The corps members do not even need to lie and get false health certificates,” the official said.
There has been an increase in applications for redeployment from the north following the activities of Boko Haram and the attack on NYSC members in Bauchi serving as ad hoc election officials during the 2011 general election, which claimed the lives of 10 corps members. Many of the corps members posted to states such as Kano, Bauchi, Borno and Adamawa, among others, barely wait for the orientation to end before seeking redeployment from the states.
However, northern states such as Zamfara, Kebbi and others that have been relatively peaceful have had to resort to enticing the corps members with ‘juicy offer’ to stay.
Meanwhile, Enugu State Governor, Mr. Sullivan Chime, has directed government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) in the state not to reject corps members posted to them for primary assignment.
He said that this was to fulfil government’s policy on the acceptance of corps members aimed at ensuring that the objective of the scheme was realised.
Chime, represented by his deputy, Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi, at the closing ceremony of the 2013 orientation for the NYSC Batch A, commended the corps members for maintaining high level of discipline throughout the exercise, urging them to maintain same in their places of primary assignment.
He also urged the corps members to regard places of primary assignment as their homes with a view to improving the lives of the people through their activities.
Chairman, NYSC Governing Board and the state Commissioner for Youth and Sports, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr. Joseph Omeh, urged the corps members to contribute positively to the communities they would be posted to for their primary assignment as a means of realising the objectives of the NYSC scheme.
He urged the corps members to take the community development aspect of their service year seriously with a view to improving on the lives of the people. Earlier in an address, the Enugu State NYSC Coordinator, Mr. Hilary Nasamu, enjoined the corps members to be humble and to respect the cultures of their host communities in order to facilitate their easy integration and acceptance by the community.
He explained that 81.7 per cent of the corps members were posted to rural areas as well as the four key sectors of education, rural health, infrastructure and agriculture in line with the policy directive of the federal government on posting of corps members.

 

[PICTURES] Brymo Becomes A Youth Corper in ‘Omoge Campus’ Video

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After a successful year in 2012, Brymo is back with a pace-setting, documentary style video for OMOGE CAMPUS- the second single since the release of the highly acclaimed #TheSonOfaKapenta release. Without revealing too much before the official release date on Thursday March 28, 2013, here are a few BTS images to prepare us for what we can expect in the video.

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NYSC: National Youth Slavery Commission?

Day 1: Oyo Camp Batch C 2012
Day 1: Oyo Camp Batch C 2012

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme was created in a bid to reconstruct, reconcile and rebuild the country after the Nigerian Civil war. It was established by decree No.24 of May 22, 1973 which stated that the NYSC is being established “with a view to the proper encouragement and development of common ties among the youths of Nigeria and the promotion of national unity”. The purpose of the scheme was to inculcate in Nigerian youths the spirit of selfless service to the community, and to emphasize the spirit of oneness and brotherhood of all Nigerians, irrespective of cultural or social background. Continue reading NYSC: National Youth Slavery Commission?

Tips for Fresh Corpers (Part I)

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The NYSC service year is a debt many Nigerians must pay. It’s a unique debt because the creditor determines where the debt is paid without consulting you. For most Corps Members (Corpers), it involves a complete change of environment. Some city dwellers end up in rural or semi-rural places where they are expected to adapt and become part of a strange community until they get their certificate of discharge. So how can you make a success of it? Please read on.

During Orientation Camp: Pray for a ‘good’ posting. Notice that every posting is good. But prepare your mind. (Another post will provide tips on having an awesome camping experience)

Post Orientation Camp:

Accommodation:

  1. If possible, stay with other Corpers, whether on your Place of Primary Assignment (PPA) premises or not. It could be a corpers’ Lodge built by the Government or your family House. (that is, NACC Family House for Catholic corpers, NCCF Family House for all other Christian corpers or MCAN Lodge for Muslim corpers)
  2. Information reaches you faster when you live with other than relying on a friend to call you on the phone. Your friend might run out of credit on his phone or even overlook you and you miss crucial information. You can even share expenses when you live together with others. More on that later.
  3. Security: It’s safer to live with other corpers especially in a town foreign town where you don’t fully understand their language or customs. Corpers who live alone are more prone to burglaries than others.
  4. Choose accommodation as close to your PPA as possible or even in the PPA. Corpers are liable to get broke, yet you have to report to your PPA. It is better if you can’t leave your PPA because you don’t have money than for you no to report to your PPA because you don’t have money.

Security

  1. You are largely responsible for your own safety. As such, take it seriously.
  2. You are likely in a strange land and you don’t know the ways of the land. Be alert to any danger.
  3. If you live with other Corpers or the local people, make it a habit to make them aware of your whereabouts, even when you are quarreling. That’s to ensure you can be traced at any time. Forget about cell phones because network coverage may not be available in the bush you will end up in. Look out for one another, don’t exhibit I don’t care attitude. Don’t isolate yourself. You may be the one to call for help.
  4. Don’t stay out late at night, especially if you are a female Corper. What will you be looking for, anyway? You are likely to be the target of local thugs because you are a foreigner. Some communities even have practices that they carry out in the dark of the night. Stay indoors and don’t fall prey.
  5. Don’t flaunt your city goods. Blackberries may not mean anything to you but it’s a fortune to a local thug. Don’t carry laptop or shiny tablets about because you want to charge it. Don’t announce when you get your allowance. In short, don’t make yourself attractive to undesirable characters.
  6. Travel only when necessary. There are dangers on the road and across the waters (for those posted to riverine areas.). Robbers, kidnappers, sea pirates and accidents. Ajala has already travelled all over the world so stay put where you are serving your darling country and don’t become part of FRSC’s grim statistics.

Financials: Ways to cut costs.

  1. If you are in a local community, take advantage of market days. Things are usually cheaper and you can get fresh produce. Buy things in bulk with fellow Corpers and then share. You can also cook together, and rotate days to cook. It does save time and money.
  2. Avoid habits that consume money, e.g. drinking. Many Corpers will have to live on their allowance alone and remember it’s an allowance, not a salary. Nobody planned an extravagant service year for you. A few green bottles a day, for instance, impacts on your account balance.
  3. If you live far from ‘town’ where the market or bank is, form the habit of asking anybody going to ‘town’ to run errands for the rest of the house. You will save on transportation cost. But that means you too will be ready to help the others similarly. If you do go to ‘town’, don’t linger, the more time you spend, the more you buy.
  4. Don’t attempt to own everything other Corpers have. Or else you will get hypertension. You don’t know the financial status of their families. Don’t buy what you don’t really need. Don’t withdraw all your money at once. If you do, well, it may be ‘poof’ to all the money you have earned in a whole month.
  5. Yes, you are getting an allowance but you can still save. Cultivate the habit of saving, even if the amount is not much. The discipline you acquire will help you when you start to earn big.

Miscellaneous

  1. Satisfy every NYSC requirements so you don’t get disciplined.
  2. Be nice to other Corpers you come across. Lifetime friendships can grow during the few months you’ll spend together. You don’t even know whether NYSC has put you in the same PPA with a future president or first lady or minister. Or even a potential marriage mate.
  3. For the guys, don’t forget to carry your own hair clippers along. AIDS is Real.
  4. Still on the guys, watch yourself with the local ‘beauties’, whether they are your students or not. You have not been sent there to increase the population of the community illegally. Don’t give future Corpers a bad name.
  5. For the gals, don’t attempt to form any ‘biz geh’. Once you are in khaki, you are a Corper. Don’t snub anybody, you all get the same federal allowance.
  6. I hear Nokia have made a phone that can last 35 days on a single charge. Take one along. Who knows, you might end up in a community where power supply is terrible. If you can even get a spare battery, the better. You are assured of 70 days of juice.
  7. Do all the professional exams you can do. Many are discounted for corpers. One you get to camp, start making enquiries. There may be no such opportunities after service.
  8. Try to keep in touch with your family. They need to be reassured of your safety, especially your dear mother.
  9. Snap photos, NYSC is a once in a lifetime affair. You need reminders.
  10. Finally, you have gone for NYSC, not travelled abroad. So don’t come home with a foreign accent. LoL

Re-blogged from Sharp Corner

By @davidtayos, Ex #DELTAkopa

Got more tips in mind? Include them in the comments box below. I’ll attribute them to you in Part 2 of this post. Ajuwaya!

Chinua Achebe, African Literary Titan, Dies at 82

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English: Chinua Achebe speaking at Asbury Hall, Buffalo, as part of the “Babel: Season 2” series by Just Buffalo Literary Center, Hallwalls, & the International Institute. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chinua Achebe, one of the world’s most celebrated writers and author of the classic novel Things Fall Apart, is dead.

It’s learned that Prof. Achebe, 82, who was the David and Mariana Fisher Professor of Literature at Brown University, died last night in a hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Professor Achebe had been sick for some time from an undisclosed ailment.

Until his death, the renowned author of Things Fall Apart was the David and Marianna Fisher University Professor and Professor of Africana Studies at Brown.

The University described him as “known the world over for having played a seminal role in the founding and development of African literature.”

“Achebe’s global significance lies not only in his talent and recognition as a writer, but also as a critical thinker and essayist who has written extensively on questions of the role of culture in Africa and the social and political significance of aesthetics and analysis of the post-colonial state in Africa,” Brown University writes of the literary icon.

Mr. Achebe was the author of Things Fall Apart, published in 1958, and considered the most widely read book in modern African Literature. The book sold over 12 million copies and has been translated to over 50 languages worldwide.

Many of his other novels, including Arrow of God, No Longer at Ease, Anthills of the Savannah, and A man of the People, were equally influential as well.

A brief History:

Prof. Achebe was born in Ogidi, Anambra State, on November 16, 1930 and attended St Philips’ Central School at the age of six. He moved away from his family to Nekede, four kilometres from Owerri, the capital of Imo State, at the age of 12 and registered at the Central School there.

He attended Government College Umuahia for his secondary school education. He was a pioneer student of the University College, now University of Ibadan in 1948. He was first admitted to study medicine but changed to English, history and theology after his first year.

While studying at Ibadan, Mr. Achebe began to become critical of European literature about Africa. He eventually wrote his final papers in the University in 1953 and emerged with a second-class degree.

Prof Achebe taught for a while after graduation before joining the Nigeria Broadcasting Service in 1954 in Lagos.

While in Lagos with the Broadcast ing Service, Mr. Achebe met Christie Okoli, who later became his wife; they got married in 1961. The couple had four children.

He also played a major role during the Nigeria Civil War where he joined the Biafran Government as an ambassador.

His latest book, There Was a Country, was an autobiography on his experiences and views of the civil war. The book was probably the most criticised of his writings especially by Nigerians, with many arguing that the professor did not write a balanced account and wrote more as a Biafran than as a Nigerian.

Mr. Achebe was a consistent critic of various military dictators that ruled Nigeria and was a loud voice in denouncing the failure of governance in the country.

Twice, he rejected offers by the Nigerian government to grant him a national honour, citing the deplorable political situations in the country, particularly in his home state of Anambra, as reason.

What are your favourite books by Achebe?

No Plan to Increase NYSC Allowance – DG

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NYSC DG at #EDOcamp

Katsina — Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Brigadier General Nnamdi Okore Affia today said there is no plan by the federal government to increase corps members’ monthly allowance.

Addressing the 2013 Batch A corps members deployed to Katsina State, General Affia said “to be honest with you there is no plan to increase your monthly allowance; all you have heard is nothing but rumours.” Continue reading No Plan to Increase NYSC Allowance – DG

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