NYSC Camp Diary: What To Anticipate When You’re Posted To Borno
On a regular basis by 12pm for the subsequent 21 days, I’ll be telling you what life is like at NYSC Camp. I used to be posted to Borno State, however the camp holds in Katsina state attributable to Boko Haram insurgency in Borno.
I get up in an NYSC lodge in Katsina on the primary day of camp. I’m not presupposed to be right here, that a lot I can inform. My reminiscence is a bit foggy, however when all of it returns, I keep in mind how I bought right here. It begins with getting my posting on a Friday and seeing that I had been posted to Borno, which implies I might be tenting in Katsina since Borno is a no-go space. Then packing my issues with a twinge of dread and pleasure, blocking out all the numerous reactions from pals, household and woes on what to anticipate. After which making the longest journey ever solely to finish up within the flawed place.
After arriving in Katsina, my pals and I picked up bikes to take us to NYSC camp. The bike males heard “NYSC” alone and introduced us to the flawed place — this NYSC lodge the place corps members who’ve their major place of project (PPA) in Katsina keep.
Simply because the solar is starting to gentle the skies, my pals and I head out of the Lodge to proceed our journey.
Let me inform you about my pals. There’s F who was a course mate. We left Lagos collectively. Then there’s A, the third celebration we met through the course of the journey. He studied Pharmacy at Cyprus, and for me that is fairly a surprise. A foreign-trained individual going to the identical NYSC with me? As we head out of the Lodge, A tells me he’s going to camp to earn cash.
Me? I got here to cut the lifetime of my head, plis.
It takes us 4 hours to ultimately get to camp from the lodge. We first enter a cab pushed by a Hausa man. What’s presupposed to be a quiet journey turns into a tour of types. An Alhaji within the backseat factors issues out to us despite the fact that we don’t ask:
“Kano is the capital metropolis.”
“Katsina is farther than Kano.”
“Should you’re coming by means of Zaria, don’t belief these elements beneath the bridge that look dry, they really include water.”
After the cab drops us, we take bikes and arrive on the NYSC camp on them.
Katsina is chilly. Too chilly. Alhaji had warned us about this earlier than we bought off.
On the gate, NSCDC officers accost us. They ask us to open our baggage, present medical certificates, certificates and name up letter. They ask us to upend our baggage to allow them to make sure we’re not carrying sharp objects, metallic spoons, or different objects they understand to be dangerous.
Beside them are confiscated objects: spoons, extension containers, and so on. I’m wondering if they may confiscate condoms too. In any case, intercourse isn’t allowed on camp. However take your thoughts out of the gutter, please, I’m not carrying condoms. My grandmother packed my baggage.
When they’re happy, I’m requested to write down my title in a e book and allowed to go in. I watch for my pals who’re nonetheless being checked. Within the meantime, I made a decision to take photographs of this diary. The soldier takes offense.
“Go inside!” he barks and I’m gone earlier than he can say one other phrase.
Look the place friendship has gotten me.
Registration: Should you’re posted to Borno state, then it’s very possible that you just’ll camp on the Peace and Catastrophe Administration Centre, NSCDC, Barbar-Ruga highway, Batsari, Katsina. This, to a big extent, is what’s going to occur:
After the troopers enable you in, you’ll meet two guys claiming they personal a protection enterprise. They’ll inform you that they may take your footage and movies of every little thing you do in camp from day 1 to the top, all for N1,000. In the event that they discover a reluctance, they’ll inform you to pay half of the cash; you’ll be able to pay half later. They are going to ask in your quantity. Ignore them. That’s what I did. As a result of why pay a protection enterprise to observe you about, are you Kim Kardashian?
Right here’s an image of the issues you’ll be able to take to camp. Photocopies are important, so that you don’t enrich the hungry pockets of these individuals at Mammy Market.
Whenever you get to the registration level, a soldier offers you two kinds to fill. One is for bio information, the opposite is the oath kind. After filling, you’re taking it in to a person who asks in your certificates, name up letter, inexperienced card, NYSC ID card. He’ll stamp your call-up letter and direct you to a different desk. Right here, your particulars are entered into a pc, and a printout is issued to you.
With this printout, you’re given an workplace file with a serial quantity on it. Assuming you might be quantity 197, you then’ll fall beneath Platoon 7, in line with the final digit of your serial quantity. There are 10 platoons. Now that you just’re in Platoon 7, discover the spot of Platoon 7 and submit originals of the paperwork requested: medical and college certificates, name up letter and inexperienced card, print out web page, bio information and oath kind.
Right here, they’ll offer you your kits (which can NEVER measurement you, my pricey, neglect that NYSC requested you in your measurement throughout registration), a handful of booklets (camp guidelines, and so on) and your meal ticket which can serve you all through your keep. Lose it, and Mammy Market merchants will rejoice. A brand new buyer. Chill out although, a plate of white rice and meat is N300. Sharon, the gross sales lady, assures me it’s massive meat, however perhaps she doesn’t perceive massive issues, sha.
Earlier than or after you open your checking account, you’ll have to go to the admin block to get your mattress. It’s not a tug of conflict, however you’ll must dig deep to discover a good one. Most mattresses there are as flat as pancakes.
That is fairly a course of, and with the Harmattan, mud and solar, be ready to appear to be an deserted youngster by the top of all of it.
However give it some thought: solely you in Borno, no real love holding your arms, patting your again and saying “It’s gon’ be high-quality, love.” Are you not deserted?
PARADE! That is shaping as much as be my scariest second on camp. One minute, I’m wanting peng, selfie-ing, and the subsequent second a soldier is yelling, “Double up!” and coming to our hostel with a kondo. Mans needed to flee to the camp floor.
Lowkey, there’s slightly little bit of ignoramus in all people: After the troopers clarify what to do and dish out directions (increase your left leg! Shout hurray! Don’t contact your cap! Cease saying Catch), many individuals nonetheless do the flawed factor. It turns into so unhealthy, a man is known as out and informed to maintain shouting “Hurray.”
Fainting/falling down/collapsing is a certain solution to escape marching: Now this requires tact to tug off, so that you don’t jeopardize your self. Within the warmth of the directions, my pricey, simply surrender like you might be giving up on Nigeria. Drop. Should you can fall on the individual subsequent to you, do it. In case your wig can fall, do it.
Like that like that, you’ll be taken to Purple Cross, pampered, just like the queen/king that you’re. Maintain on a sec, in your fainting, don’t invalidate the true fainting of people who find themselves actually weak and might’t cope. A buddy who I met throughout registration fell down twice. A woman in my platoon fell down too. One other one gave up the wrestle and went to beg troopers. I thought-about fainting too, however earlier than I might end plotting/planning the logistics, the parade was dismissed.
Properly, there’s all the time one other day.