The first three weeks orientation camp has ended with corpers assigned to their Place of Primary Assignment (PPA).
The camp experience is one that many corp members (or prospective corp members) look forward to with great expectation and excitement.
However, aside serving ones’ fatherland; there are various activities designed by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to instill the real crop(vision) of the exercise into the consciousness of the youth corpers.
Various activities and experiences ranging from the incessant sound of the piccolo/ veego (a trumpet with half the length of tubing as a normal trumpet), the early morning devotion by 5:30 am, early morning jogging/exercise, lectures, parade practices/exercises to queuing at various intervals to sign documents or other stuffs; corp members are trained to fulfill the vision ofthe NYSC programme.
Corp members are expected to imbibe and emulate characteristics such as loyalty, patience, discipline, selfless service, humility, perseverance, amongst others. These characteristics are expected to help corp member not only in their place of primary assignment but also in their future endeavor in life.
I have compiled a photo essay of my experience at the NYSC Akwa-Ibom Permanent Orientation Camp, Ikot Itie Udung, Nsit Atai Local Government. At the bottom of each picture, I have summarised what each picture signify and the activity(ies) each one represents.
Welcome To NYSC Akwa-Ibom Permanent Orientation Camp, Ikot Itie Udung, Nsit Atai Local Government
Security Members at the front gate of the camp as prospective corp members “obey the clarion call.”
NYSC Kit: Some corp members bidding to change their oversize/undersize khaki
Corp member fetching water at the camp
...under the sun or in the rain; Nigeria is ours, Nigeria we serve
Skill acquisition: corp members are enjoined to register with a group to learn a skill. The picture here is that of hat/bead making skill acquisition group.
Man O’war activities
One of the handbooks distributed at the NYSC camp for corp members
Endurance trek: NYSC officials (Man O’war) distribute a sachet of glucose to each corp members before the endurance trek activity commence
During the Endurance trek: Na jeje we dey go o…
... the resting place for the endurance trek after about two hours journey
Corp member rest …..
… queuing for the first federal “allawee” at the camp
Kitchen experience:corp members awaiting their meal at the camp kitchen
Inter-platoon cooking competition; Platoon Nine actually won J
NYSC Camp officials watch as corpers enjoy their camp bon-fire night
Corp members search for their items a day before leaving camp
Mammi Market, Akwa-Ibom chapter
Mammi Photographer stand (Akwwa-Ibom)
...waiting for the arrival of Governor Godswill Akpabio on the Passing out parade ceremony
...original Awa-Ibom woman :-)
Kitchen Activities: Corp members are usually enjoined to assist kitchen workers in the cooking of camp meals. This is done on a platoon (Group) basis.