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HOW TO FINISH NSYC LIKE A BOSS















FELIX STEPHEN KELECHI



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FOREWORD


In my over four years of speaking to National Youth Service Corps Members, am always asked the same question towards the end of each session – “How does one end NYSC successfully?". From my first meeting with him at the orientation camp down through the six months of training he received from my company – FifthGear Plus, Mr Felix Stephen Kelechi always showed a burning desire to answer that question and I am happy he did. "How to finish NYSC like a boss" gives a breakdown of the NYSC scheme, ways to build your personal brand and develop your life vision as well as how to create and manage a powerful network of people.

This book comes highly recommended.


– Niyi Adesanya

(CEO, FifthGear Plus)




COMMENTS ON HOW TO FINISH NYSC LIKE A BOSS


Felix is driven; his focus is like a flint. He also cares about sharing knowledge and setting the pace for others in his generation, I am sure this is why his thoughts have been packaged in this book. I strongly recommend it for every corps member.

– Olusola Amusan

(Citizenship Manager, Microsoft Nigeria)


STATE COORDINATOR’S COMMENT


“The National Youth Service Scheme is an opportunity for Nigerian youths to make visible impact wherever they are posted to and gather the much needed skills to compete favorably in the labor market. This however, is only possible if the corps members have a vision and clear plan to maximize what the service year has to offer. Mr Felix Stephen Kelechi’s laudable effort at creating a guide to finish the NYSC scheme successfully is quite impressive and greatly welcomed”.


– Mr Cyril Akhanemhe

(NYSC Lagos State Coordinator)



Table Of Contents


  • Foreword


  • Praises For How To Finish Nysc Like A Boss


  • Acknowledgements & Dedication


  • Chapter 1: Introduction


  • Chapter 2: It All Begins From Camp


  • Chapter 3: Much Ado About CDS


  • Chapter 4: “Vision And Everything You Need To Know About SAED”


  • Chapter 5: How To Build Strong Networks And Manage New Or Existing Relationships


  • Chapter 6: How To Thrive In Difficult Areas


  • Chapter 7: Paradigm Shift In The NYSC Scheme


  • Chapter 8: Learning From Others: The Mentorship Connection


  • Chapter 9: The Most Openly Kept Secret To Success


  • Chapter 10: Tools To Succeed In Your Service Year And Beyond


  • Chapter 11: My Nysc Story


  • Recommended Books


  • Final Words


  • References





ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS


There is no such word as self-made. Writing a book is quite a daunting task especially when it requires you to research and make findings. This requires dedication and of course support from good people like Mrs Umar who discovered the gift of writing in me during my Secondary School days at Kings College, Lagos.


A big thank you to the NYSC Director General – Brigadier General Olawunmi, whose proactive and ever innovative administration rejuvenated the National Youth Service Scheme.


I am immensely grateful to my NYSC State Coordinator – Mr Cyril Akhanemhe, my Zonal Inspector – Mrs. Nweke Stella, my platoon Instructors – Mrs Yerima M. and Mrs Bola Odumaya , together with my fellow Corps members who made the “Batch A , 2015” Orientation Camp a thrilling experience.


My appreciation goes to the local government Inspector of Lagos Mainland – Mrs Pam Theodora, for giving me the chance to serve as the Corps members’ Liaising Officer (CLO), with support from the NYSC officials – Mrs Henry, Mrs Ogunbiade, Mrs Yerima and corps members serving in Lagos mainland. I had a very successful tenure for which I am quite grateful.


I would also like to thank the founders of Nigerian Christian Corpers Fellowship (NCCF) and the members of its Lagos Yaba zone from whom I learnt a lot from during my stay in the family house.


My utmost appreciation goes to Mr Niyi Adesanya and his FifthGear Plus team as well as participants of the Marketplace Readiness program. The experiences, knowledge and skills gathered from them sparked off the vision for this book.


Thank you, Professor Adebisi Adewale for agreeing and taking out time from your busy schedule in Scotland, to review this book.


Finally, my profound gratitude to my mother – Dr Mrs Ebele Felix and my siblings – Ogechi and Ijeoma, for loving me just the way I am. I don’t know what I would have done without you my loving family.


I will not forget to mention my uncle – Chief Sir. S.C Azubike (Zuby International), and my aunties – Mrs Nnodu, Deaconess Obi, Mrs Mbelu, Mrs Nduka, Mrs Asomugha, and especially Mrs Ilo, for always being there.


My Lord, can I ever forget thee?! Thank you Jesus, for without you, I am nothing.



DEDICATION


To all aspiring and serving Corps Members who desire to finish NYSC like a boss and make Nigeria great; I pray that God rewards your efforts.

See you at the Top!










































“A boss is someone that Builds Outstanding Success Successfully”

– Felix Stephen Kelechi



CHAPTER 1

INTRODUCTION”



Time, Time, Time. What does time mean to you? For some it is the 365 days in a year and for others it is the 24 hours in a day. You are only truly a boss when you realize time in minutes and seconds. Corps members have one year to give their best in serving Nigeria and acquire as well the skills and competency they need to stand out in the labour market.



The first memory of NYSC I can recall was way back in my secondary school days in King’s College. I was then in JSS 3 and had just finished revising a subject in preparation for the Junior Secondary Certificate Exam (JSCE) when an uproar erupted in the adjacent class. Everyone in our usual manner then rushed out to see what the fuzz was all about. On arriving, we couldn’t help but react the same way. Standing before us was a gorgeously dressed lady in white NYSC branded polo, green khaki trouser and jacket matched with a very funny looking orange boot. Whether it was her beauty, dressing or manner of speaking that caused the boys to erupt in that manner still remains a mystery to me till date. However, her presence awoke a curiosity in me to find out where she came from and what the whole “Ajuwaya” hailing she always got was all about. If you are reading this book then you must be quite as inquisitive as I was.



The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) is an organization set up by the Nigerian government to involve the country's graduates in the development of the country. There is no military conscription in Nigeria, but since 1973 graduates of universities and later polytechnics have been required to take part in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) program for one year. This is known as national service year. Ahmadu Ali served as the organization’s first Director-General until 1975. The incumbent Director-General as at the time of this writing is Brig. Gen. Johnson Bamidele Olawumi.



Corp members are posted to cities far from their cities of origin. They are expected to mix with people of other tribes, social and family backgrounds and to learn the culture of the indigenes in the place they are posted to. This action is aimed at bringing about unity in the country and to help youths appreciate other ethnic groups. There is an "orientation" period of approximately three weeks spent in a military controlled boot "camp" away from family and friends. There is also a "passing out ceremony" at the end of the year after corps members complete their primary assignment followed by one month of vacation. The program has also helped in creating entry-level jobs for many Nigerian youths. An NYSC forum dedicated to the NYSC members was built to bridge the gap amongst members serving across Nigeria and also an avenue for corps members to share job information and career resources as well as getting loans from the National Directorate of Employment.



The normal process is to go through primary to secondary and tertiary education and then NYSC as it is now a requirement for profitable employability. Many Nigerians know this particular scheme is their first direct contact with the government before launching out into or continuing in the labour market. The service year gives you (Corps member) so much leverage as you become top on the list for both the Nigerian government as well as the host community. It opens doors you may have never dreamt of accessing (It did for me). So many possibilities abound and the sky seems to be the limit during the service year. Sadly, many people are ignorant of this and end up having meaningless, unfulfilled service year filled with regrets. Some have gone into the service year and left trails of numerous community projects behind, others went in and came out as millionaires. Still yet, some unfortunate ones went in and left more miserable than they had gone in.



Wise King Solomon once said, “There is nothing new under the sun”. This book is the result of experiences shared and lessons learnt from previous, current and yet to be members of the NYSC. I implore you to read this book at your own pace and digest as much of it as you can. The book is an invaluable asset to parents, guardians, undergraduates and graduates about to go for service as well as corps members themselves. The principles and lessons taught throughout this book are quite easy to apply.



Reading this book alone will not help you finish NYSC like a boss. It is doing the exercises given and applying the principles outline all through the book that will. So try as much as you can to do the exercises given. If you stick to them and apply them wherever and whenever you can, be rest assured, your service year would be one of the most wonderful experiences you have ever had.



A boss like I said is someone that Builds Outstanding Success Successfully. To do that requires preparation which is the key to achieving success in life. A well prepared person hardly ever fails. See you at the top!



Your partner and friend in growth



Felix Stephen Kelechi

Fsktalks@gmail.com

09/12/2015





*Action exercises

A. A boss is someone that..................................................................... Fill in the missing words.


B. You are only truly a boss when you..................................................... Fill in the missing words


C. What is the full meaning of NYSC?


D. When and why was the scheme set up?


E. A well prepared person..................................................................... Fill in the missing words.



Chapter 2

It all begins from Camp”



The NYSC scheme is divided into four cardinal programs.


    1. Orientation: This is a planned regimented program in which corps members are made to go through rigorous training to prepare them physically and mentally for the service year and post service year challenges while being educated on what the NYSC is all about.


    1. Primary assignment: A period when corps members are posted to employers in the communities of their state of deployment to render service to the nation.


  1. Secondary Assignment/Community Development Service: A period when corps members use their innate talents to improve on the lots of their host community by rendering free and selfless services.


  1. Winding up and passing out: A period in which corps members through their experiences appraise the scheme, are also appraised and are eventually discharged from National service.


These four programs are compulsory for all corps members.



Everything you need to do to finish the NYSC like a boss all begins from the orientation camp.


A. Registration and settling down


To be very frank, the orientation period is the most fun part in the whole one year. The NYSC has its orientation camps situated in all states of the country. To get into camp, you have to first go through the registration process which when successful results in you getting a call-up number and subsequently the state you would be doing your service year. To make sure you are adequately prepared as camp lasts about three weeks, do well to read what NYSC requires of you as well as experiences of previous corps members while on camp. At this point, I must say it’s best to bring an excess of something and be told it is not needed than to not bring at all and find out there is a dire need for it. For some it might be credentials and for others medication, inner wears or cash.


Camp is a very hectic, time consuming period filled with so many activities so it is only wise that you are prepared to your best ability. Once you get into camp, there is no going out again for another 21 days or thereabout except with an “Exeat/Pass” on grounds of illness, important appointments etc. Nursing or expectant ladies and people with disabilities are usually excused from the camping exercise. You would undergo another registration process upon entrance into Camp as NYSC officials on ground will verify your documents, allocate you a room and platoon before handing over your kits. You would be asked some questions and given forms to fill during this process. Please be as honest as possible when answering them especially those on medical conditions. A lady lied she was stable and had no medical condition. She was found to be epileptic four days into camp as she got a seizure. She was treated and promptly asked to leave the camp afterwards.



B. Building a strong personal brand


Worthy of record is the fact that the NYSC camp period is the only time (in your entire life probably), that you would be exposed to having contact with more than 2,000 people on a daily basis for 21 days. Amazing isn’t it? To make matters worse, everyone wears the same uniform throughout! To me, this is the most tasking test of identity. Many people hardly think about this before rushing off to camp and end up getting lost in the crowd. Since there would be many “getting to know people” to do, what must you do to ensure the person you meet today recognizes and connects with you days later? The first step is to deal with your appearance. Since you can’t wear a different uniform, why not do something unique to your hair?


Most people don’t realize that the head is mostly used in scouting out a person in scenarios like this. I recall a guy who had a black hair but tinted the front a little golden. Another lady made braids, a hairstyle most ladies had on. What made hers unique were the orange coloured braids she added to the side. I always did a colour separation sort of anytime I went looking for her. For me, my fair complexion coupled with my golden brown hair made me so visible. After your appearance, the next step to building a strong personal brand is to work on your communication skills.


People might forget what you look like but never the way you conversed with them or made them feel. Yes camp is a very busy place with many people putting up personalities they are not (What we call ‘forming’ in Nigeria). Some people come into camp to get a life-mate or other reasons known to them. The only way to enjoy camp to its fullest is to be ‘you’ and be as down to earth as possible.


I was fortunate enough to be in platoon two (the best platoon in my batch if you ask me, but it was quite boring the first two days. There was a lot of forming going on. Being the jovial kind, that was the last state I wanted to be in. What did I do? I picked Musa (a Hausa name) for myself and also nicknamed other members of our platoon with names from other tribes that were not theirs. The whole place became lively and fun to be in a little time. Another thing I did was to take pictures in ways different from the normal style of posing. When everyone had hands in their pockets, I would raise one of my legs up. Other times I would close one eye and the do the “Victory” sign.


Acts of kindness while you are on camp also helps you to build a strong personal brand. I recall a day I was at the Mammy market having lunch when I saw one of my new acquaintances strolling around the field. I called him to come join me for lunch. He declined but after I persisted, he reluctantly agreed. We spent over an hour discussing and I discovered he was going through a major problem then. We exchanged numbers and are quite close to this day. Such relationships can also be built through ways like buying drinking water for a fellow corps member you met on the parade ground, giving comforting words in times of weakness or sending a text to say you care. You must realize that people generally remember those individuals that brought them joy.



C. Camp activities and events


The orientation camp is probably the biggest market space you can ever imagine. You get spellbound for more than twenty days. How do you get the best out of people and at the same time let them see the best in you? How do you live a memory on the minds of over 2,000 people? The answer is right in front of us people! You just have to participate in the various camp activities and events that hold on a daily basis. Five months after camp while on a bus to an educational training program, a fellow by my side had to look for change to give the bus man. I helped him out with change only for him to tap me again. “Are you a batch ‘15A Lagos corps member?” he asked, to which I replied yes. “Ehee!!, I knew this face was quite familiar”.


He went on to tell me of the so many times he had seen me on stage and during field activities at the Camp. Turned out he was in a different platoon and I never got to meet him but then he knew so many stuffs about me.


There’s this famous story of a girl that landed a job in a new generation modeling Agency because the head judge recognized her as the Miss NYSC winner during his time on camp. That wasn’t obviously what made her land the job but it sure influenced his decision. I gave my best to all the activities and events I participated in. From platoon competitions to fellowship activities (I was in the drama department), all the way to the everyday room night gist and arguments about football teams. I must however warn you; do not participate in all these because of the popularity. No. Have something genuine to offer and contribute while being as friendly as possible.


Again, you never know who is really who on camp so be as humble as you can to the NYSC officials. There was this lady I always greeted each time I passed the kitchen. I never knew she was taking note of me. The week our posting to different places of primary assignment was being done, she called me and asked if I wanted any particular place to serve in. Unbelievable! A blank cheque to pick any place for my primary assignment!!! That was every corps member’s dream. While on camp, I was open to my platoon instructors. They usually got me to organize things sometimes without notice. To my greatest amazement, one of them was working in the local government I was to report to after camp. This made settling down quite easy for me. It also fetched me a position I would talk about in a subsequent chapter.


Participating in these activities not only sells you to your fellow corps members but also gives you an opportunity to bond and create lasting ties. My participation in one of the events helped me get sponsorship for a sickbay project a group of corps members and I embarked on after Camp. The sponsor quickly recollected my face as I gave the vote of thanks that led corps members to give him a standing ovation when he made an official visit to Camp during our Orientation period.



D. Time management


21 days of camp and you’ve got 24 hours each day to participate in activities, make new connections and at the same time have some self-moments. How do you juggle it all? Effective time management is really needed for one to be able to maximize the three weeks stay on camp. The best way to do this is by firstly studying the camp’s program of activities. Most corps members never do this and are left aloof of what’s happening and what’s going to happen next.



Now that you know what and when it will happen, the next thing is to arrange your own routine accordingly. Leave activities like washing for the launders and focus more on using your free time to create meaningful networks. You have to discipline yourself to successfully manage the little time you have on camp. We might be so caught up in the whole razzmatazz that we fail to do the next thing which is quite an essential part of the whole camp experience. An example of a proven format to help you is shown in the following table:


High Time Consuming Activities

Level of


Low Time consuming


Level of


Necessity Or Significance


Activities


Necessity Or






Significance

Washing

1


Capturing memories


5




(Photos, videos, diary











Etc.)



Man ‘O’ War

3


Mami breaks in-between


1

Activities



Activities



Plaiting Hair

1


Morning & Night


2




Devotions



Inter platoon

3


Hostel gist before lights


1

Activities



Out



Church

3


Church unit activities


2

Attendance






Daily Camp

4


Creating and bonding


4

Trainings and



with new networks



Activities







The significance of the low and high time consuming activities grew from 1 to 5. Those with lower ratings simply meant they added no overall significance to the camp experience. These activities could be avoided and then the time created would then be allocated to those with higher scores. The level of significance given to an activity also depends on your personality.



E. Capture Memories


Ever gone for an outing and had so much fun with your friends that you forget to take pictures and on realization prayed someone else did? That is exactly how camp is. The first week is usually dry because everyone is trying to settle in and get familiar with what’s going on, so you’ve got enough time to take all the selfies and the diary notes. By the second week however, the story totally changes. That’s when the fun is at its climax and people rarely capture memories because they are either too busy or so tired to know how important these memories might turn out to be. I recall meeting a lady I hadn’t seen in six years on camp. We exchanged pleasantries and spoke every little time we got but hey, we never took a photo together. All I had as a reminder of our meeting was her number and I definitely couldn’t call for just a picture.


Luckily, the camp paparazzi are there to the rescue. You will find them in every nook and cranny. They sure can make you feel like a celebrity with the whole attention they give you once you patronize them. There’s also an option of going for the video recording compiled at the end of camp. You would have to subscribe from the onset though to be duly included in the video coverage. In addition to all this, you can write a daily journal of your experiences. Best time to do this would be at night or very early in the morning. Trust me; you would be so thankful you did.


The whole camp experience is like a magic show. One minute you are in Camp and before you can say jack, it’s over. One of the events that herald your end of stay in the orientation camp is the fire night. If your batch puts on a good act and all things being equal, you would not only be allowed to do it, but also stay out quite late. This is the best time to create a detailed address book of the new people that have come into your life. It is strongly advised you do so especially if you find yourself in a new terrain.


As wise king Solomon once said, “There is nothing new under the sun”.



Some valuable tips from past corps members include:

1. Make sure you befriend at least three people that are residents of the state you are posted to. They would provide you succor as finding personal accommodation may take a while.


2. The first thing one must do on arriving camp is to follow through some initial compulsory registrations. The registration process would include things like submitting your call up letter, original and photocopies of your certificate, and other documents; going through certain verifications and registration of personal details and others.


You would not be recognized as a Corp member in the camp without passing through this process. It is after this process that you can be fully included into the activities, rights and privileges of a Corp member in the camp.


3. Identify with your religious sect/group on camp. The three recognized groups are; The Nigerian Christian Corps members Fellowship (NCCF), The Muslim Corps members’ Association of Nigeria (MCAN) and The National Association of Catholic Corps members. These organizations readily help you with accommodation and settling down at no charge at all. I stayed with the Nigerian Christian Corps members Fellowship (NCCF) for a better part of my service year.


4. Register at your local government. On your marching out parade every Corp member is posted to a particular local government area where he/she would have to perform his primary assignment. Most often provisions are usually available to convey every Corp members to their various local government areas.


At their new community, Corp members are warmly welcomed by other corp members already on ground as well as other people in the community. Immediately after that day all the new Corp members are expected to make certain registration in the NYSC field office stationed in the local government they are posted to truly identify themselves as Corp members posted to that particular local government. This registration is very important for all Corp members as a file is opened for you once you do that, so if you are a new Corp member try to take note and follow along.


5. Ensure you sign the “Book of life”. This book of life is a very prominent book in the orientation camp. You would likely hear your platoon officer or anyone responsible for it placing so much emphasis on you filling your details in this book.


This Book of Life is the register containing all the names of corp members in the orientation camp. It is assumed that anyone whose name is not in this book did not come to camp. That is to say you did not come for NYSC and thus cannot be issued certificate at the end of the service year.


Most platoon officers who are responsible to oversee the registering of all Corp members in their platoon usually do this during the days when it is the platoons turn to cook or clean up the environment. They tend to threaten anyone who did not participate in the scheduled work of the platoon with the punishment of not registering their names into the Book of Life. So while in the camp be observant and keep your ears to the ground to the period when the registration into the Book of Life would begin and make sure you register your name.


6. You will be given posting letter to your place of primary assignment (PPA) the day you leave camp. Do well to report to your PPA and designated local government to conclude the last line of registration for the service year. It is expected that you move to your Place of Primary Assignment (PPA) once the camp passing out parade is over. There you will hand your posting letter to them. They may choose to accept or reject you. PPA’s usually accept Corp members posted to them as they would have already been anticipating their arrival.


Failure of a PPA to accept a Corp member may well result in NYSC not sending Corp members to that PPA. In case you are rejected, report back to your Local Government Inspector who then finds a new posting for you or asks you to find a new PPA where you would like to be posted.


Do not travel home until you are done with that as it might be a rejection or an acceptance from your PPA. Try as much as possible to know what you will be doing while you are there, the working days and culture. Some offices tend to abuse corps members which NYSC is totally against. Don’t hesitate to report anything that is inappropriate to your local government Inspector.


Some Useful N.Y.S.C Terms and Definitions You Should get Familiar With.

  • Allawee: Allowance paid every month from the Government. During my time in the NYSC, all Corp members nationwide received N19,800 from the federal government. In most states however, corp members serving in state run ministries e.g. education and health, also receive a state allawee (amount can vary from state to state).

  • AI: Area Inspector. Official in charge of corp members in a given area. Same as LGI 

  • Book of Life: It is a real, huge book signed in camp by all Corp members.

  • CD: Community Development by an individual, couple or group. Also called CDS.

  • CD card: An official NYSC card you attach a passport pic to that is signed by your LGI at the end of your CD day.

  • Clearance: An activity you must to do every month end to show that you are still alive and present. You also submit a letter from your employer to get paid.

  • CLO: Corps Liaison Officer. The “head Corp member” of your Local Government Area

  • Ghost Corper: A corp member that reports for monthly clearance at the NYSC field office but somehow manages to get every other thing done for them without being physically present.

  • HSE: Health Safety Environment. One of the several training courses and certifications made available to Corp members at a discounted price during their service year.

  • LG: Local Government. The NYSC has a field office stationed here. Some CD group meetings also hold here once a week.

  • LGI: Local Government Inspector. The Head NYSC official representative in your LG.

  • LGA: Local Government Area.

  • Mami Market: A collection of shops that serves the needs of Corp members and everyone else on camp.

  • NIM: Nigerian Institute of Management. One of the several training courses and certifications made available to Corp members at a discounted price during their service year.

  • NYSC: National Youth Service Corps.

  • OBS: Orientation Broadcasting Station. This is the camp’s very own radio station and announcement portal. It makes the camp lively too by reading the news, playing songs and taking shout outs from time to time.

  • Otondo: Slang word for new Corp member but some say it actually means Mumu (A Nigerian slang for one that is confused which is usually the state of many new corp members).

  • PCM: Prospective Corp Members. Recent graduates who are just about to start NYSC. It is also the status of everyone registered for the service year on camp till after an official swearing-in ceremony declaring the service year open.

  • Platoon: In camp corpers are split into Different groups called platoons for easy administration.

  • Platoon Commander: A corp member placed in charge of a Platoon.

  • Platoon Inspector: An NYSC official placed in charge of a Platoon.

  • PMP:  Project Management Professional. One of the several training courses and certifications made available to Corp members at a discounted price during their service year.

  • POP: Passing Out Parade – An official ceremony done to mark the successful completion of a service year and release of qualified Corps members from the Scheme.

  • Posting Letter: This letter tells you where you have originally been posted.

  • PPA: Place of Primary Assignment.

  • PV: Payment Voucher. 

  • RSM:- An RSM serves as a general overseer to all the platoons. Platoon commandants report directly to RSM while RSM reports directly to captain. 

  • SAED: Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development. A program set up by the NYSC to provide much needed skills that drive enterprise to Corp members.

  • You are wrong”: Slang used in camp by officials if you’re in the wrong place or doing the wrong thing.

  •  ZI: Zonal Inspector. Person in change of corp members in a given zone.




*Action exercises

A. Am I ready for the NYSC? If yes, have I registered for it in order to get my call up number? Make enquiries and note down all that is required of you to complete your registration.


B. What do I need to do to be unique on camp? This includes your appearance and how you relate with others. Strategize the best way to engage new networks you create with your personal brand.


C. Which of the camp activities should I participate in? Categorize those activities into compulsory e.g. Man ‘O’ war drills and lectures or voluntary e.g. Business plan, Dance, football and cooking competitions. Choose voluntary activities that create opportunities for bonding and self-development.


D. How can I maximize each day? Create a schedule of your daily activities and allocate a time for each of the activities. Set reminders on your phone to keep you in check always.


E. Am I keeping records? Daily audio or written journals, photos and video recordings are options at your disposal. Discipline yourself to keep records daily through any of these formats. You can employ the help of the camp paparazzi to cover activities you are directly involved in.




CHAPTER 3

Much ado about CDS”


Like we discussed in the previous chapter, NYSC is divided into four stages. We will be looking at another stage called ‘Community development service’ (CDS). CDS is one of the major reasons I strongly believe NYSC was formed. It is a period when corps members use their innate talents to improve on the lots of their host community by systematically prospecting and executing development projects and programs. The NYSC community development program is a year-round affair.



Classification of CDS

1a. Group Community Development Service (Group CDS): Corps members are expected to use one day in a week for group CDS activities. They are not expected to attend duties in their places of Primary assignment on CD days. Such days are dedicated to the execution of projects and programs that will improve the living conditions of their host communities.


Some CDS Groups, Purpose and Activities

S/N

CDS GROUPS

PURPOSE

ACTIVITIES

1.

Corps Legal Aid

Group (CLAG)

*Free legal services to the less privileged and indigent prison inmates (Victims of denials and violation of rights).

*Advocacy.


*Visit to prisons.


*Legal services to inmates and indigent persons.


*Public lectures and awareness on fundamental human rights.

2.

Sports Group

*Creates avenue for recreation and healthy rivalry among corps members and the community.


*Arousing the consciousness of living healthy and purposeful lifestyles through participation in one form of physical activity or the other.

*Identifying talents among

Corps members

*Participation in Sports Competitions.


*Identifying and Training members of the Community.


*Organizing Sports Competitions.


3.

Cultural and Tourism Group (Band, Dance, Drama & Tourism)


*Promoting arts and

Culture


*Dissemination of vital socioeconomic and political problems and prospects.

*Identifying talents


*Entertainment.


*Setting up of the Scheme’s theatre groups



4.

Education

Development Group (Mass Literacy, Adult Education, Extra Murals, ICT)


*Enhance the Education

Standard of the host

Community.


*Career guidance and counseling for students


*Campaign against

illiteracy


*Organizing Extra-mural classes for Adults.


*Organizing of in-school Programs

5.

Environmental Protection and Sanitation Group (Eco vanguard, NESREA)



*To promote and sustain healthy Environment.


*To create awareness on sustainable environment management and regeneration


*Tree planting


*Sanitation


*Drainage Control


*Erosion Control


*Reforestation.


*Landscaping

6.

Editorial/Publicity

Group

Compliment the activities of the NYSC PRU in disseminating Information to the Community.


Making presentation on mass media to enlighten people on socio-cultural education.


7.

Road Safety Group

To contribute to public safety on our roads.


*Sensitization and control of traffic.


*Rendering first aid to accident victims.


*Establishment of road safety clubs in schools.

8.

Reproductive Health & HIV/AIDS Group

*To train and mentor students.


*To mobilize and strengthen community based responses on HIV/AIDS prevention

*Sensitization and campaign.


*Establishing Reproductive Health & HIV/AIDS Group Clubs in schools.

9.

Anti-Corruption Group (EFCC & ICPC)

*To help in eradicating corruption through Campaigns



*Sensitization


*Creation of awareness in schools and organizations


*Establishing Anti-Corruption Clubs in schools.

10.

Service Delivery

Group (Attitudinal Change, Rebranding)

*Sensitization on Service delivery and good work ethics.


*Training


*Sensitization


*Group discussions on value reorientation.

11.

MDGs (Millennium Development Goals)

*To create awareness and help actualize the target of the MDGs

*Advocacy and mentoring of the host community.

12.

Medical and Health Services Group (Red Cross, Breast Without Spot, Polio Plus etc.)


*Promotion and provision of Medical Services

*Health outreaches.


*First Aid administration.


*Establishment of Community based clinic.


*Setting up and ensuring smooth run of the scheme’s clinic

13.

Drug Free and

Quality Control Group (NDLEA, NAFDAC, SON)



*Eradication of fake and adulterated foods and drugs


*Create awareness on danger of drug abuse.

*Campaign and

Sensitization.


*Establishment of drug free clubs in Schools.


*Ensuring linkages with the host Communities.


14.

Agro-Allied Group

*Support agro-allied activities in host communities


*To promote better food production and security

*Demonstration

Farms/Extension Services.


*Establishment of Farmers’ Cooperative Societies.


*Advocacy.


*Teaching of new farming techniques to communities.


*Training and capacity building.


*Establishment of young farmers clubs in host communities.

15.

Disaster

Management Group

(NEMA)

*To create awareness on

disaster management


*To disseminate information on how to manage disasters through Corps Emergency Vanguards.

*Public enlightenment on disaster management and control through the emergency Vanguards.


*Disaster management.


*Liaison with National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA) on how to assist during emergencies


*Formation of emergency vanguard club in schools.

16.

Charity Services and Gender Group.


*To improve the living standard of the down trodden.


*Charity outreaches to the public.

*Mobilize funds and other resources for the less

Privileged.


*Visits and donation of materials to

Homes (Orphanages, Internally Displaced People (IDP) camps, Old People’s Homes etc.)


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