My service year was 2010 (Batch A). Just like other Corpers, I also had the opportunity to runs where I wanted for service. So I opted for Ogun State since it's closer to Lag. Posting letter came, I wasn't surprised. Got to Abeokuta a day to camp opening so as to get to the camp early enough the following day.
Four of my coursemates mates were also posted to Ogun State so we all left together. Very early in the morning, we left for orientation camp (Sagamu). Joined the queue, though not that long cuz we got there early enough. After the registration, my coursemates ates and I were all allocated to the same "Hall" (Male Block C).
Stella, I wanted to cry, that was my 1st time of staying in a hostel!
To make the matter worse, we were 100 in number with just two toilets n two bathrooms. Well, as a sharp guy that I is now, I braced myself together and made up my mind to enjoy the three weeks campaign exercise. I was famous instantly in our hostel because of my coursemates. I have a nickname that I have been given right from our undergraduate days, so everybody got to know me quickly. Charging of mobile phones in that camp was war, as they normally charge 100/phone. But as a correct guy that I is, I went to the camp with an extension.
Luckily, the bulb was directly on top of my bunk (Upper one) so I removed the bulb, fix the extension to it and allow people to charge freely. I was later made the hostel captain cuz I made an arrangement for people that would be washing our bathroom and toilet. I persuaded all other corpers to contribute token amount to be paying those people with and they agreed.
I participated in so many camp activities, man o war, dancing, football. In fact, I was the female volleyball coach for my platoon and we were 1st runner up in the competition. Endurance trek inside the bush from Sagamu to Ikenne is a story for another day cuz I can never forget that day. Let me add this, I didn't have any camp boo cuz I made up my mind not to, even as a fine boy that I is. #winks
I got my letter and I saw Ojodu, I was happy as I realized my dream (serving closely to Lag). On getting to the school with two other Corpers, I was disappointed cuz the letter read ******* International sch. But Stella, there was nothing international about the school. Primary n secondary were together and the whole school was not even up to 150 pupils!
Later I got to know it seems it's their way in Ogun State to always call their schools "International". Lol
Was given an apartment, a room to myself cuz it was part of the conditions I gave the Proprietor to stay. I formed for him very well since I knew the school was in dire need of a Corper that could teach science subjects (Other Corpers studied Art n Commercial respectively).
Work start o, Stella I ended up teaching six subjects as against the two stipulated by NYSC because I wasn't satisfied with the way this "Student Teachers" were teaching the students. So I put the burden on myself cuz I really wanted to impact on them which am glad I did. Many of the students are in various higher institutions now and they are always very grateful to me whenever we chat.
The Proprietor was so impressed with my work rate and he made me the highest paid staff (not Corper o). At a time, I became the 2nd in command in that school as I was the go-to person whenever the Proprietor was not around.
I contested as the Provost of my CDS n I won. There was a particular incident that happened after one of our weekly CDS meetings. My fellow Corper (a female) left before me after the meeting but before I got to our area, she has been harassed by a drunken Mobile Policeman. He beat her so much and left some marks on her body. Her offence, she told the Policeman to stop touching her!
I was angry when I met her crying. I told her to get up and show me where the Policeman is. We met him in a bar, still drinking. I asked him politely what my fellow Corper did wrong to him, he threatened to beat me up too. That was how I got angry, I dragged him out and we started fighting. He tore my crested vest n i tore his uniform too. I later put a call across to our ZI and he reacted promptly by coming to the scene.
Am sure so many people around that place would not forget that day cuz we caused so much traffic on the road. We later went to the Police station to write statement (My first time of going to one). To cut the whole story short, the DPO pleaded with us, the Corpers and the ZI to let us settle the matter out of the court as the man might end up loosing his job bla bla bla. The wife too was always in my doorstep begging everyday. So I told the ZI to let us drop the case. The Policeman apologised, paid for damages and we moved on.
This was where I made my money. For training and the 3weeks exercise, Prof Jega paid us almost 65k per Corper! That was almost my Seven months allowee (we were paid 9,700/month or thereabout then).
There's this funny thing I did during the registration. As early as 5am, I learnt people would be on the queue already, waiting for Corper to come and register them. So as a sharp Corper that I is, I normally have my own queue, these are the people that are not ready to queue for a long time, I was collecting N500 or 1k from them, depending on their status. Lol.
I enjoyed my service year and the only thing I didn't like was the fact that FG Increased the allowee and only our Batch B enjoyed the increment as they were paid their arrears. But in all, God is still God. Am working now, married and doing fine to the glory of God.
Note. No service boo throughout as I was very faithful to my ex.
Hope I didn't "waist" ya time in Stella's style. Lol.
*Stella, those pictures are for ur eyes only o. The one I took the day I fought the Policeman ,The one of INEC registration. And that of me presently. #winks
*Chai,sharp guy,sweet story.Bros you be my spec...Kisses to you *wink*