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: 8 Reasons Why You Should Serve In A Rural Community by ayokanmi3(m): 5:41pm On Dec 15, 2015
First, I want to wish all those who have successfully completed the recent 2015
Batch B Orientation camp a happy stay in their PPA and also better service year ahead.
As with the normal tradition, jostling for favourable
posting to place of primary assignment will have
commenced. Many would have been told to make
sure they join the band group, cultural group, parade
team, etc, just so they can be posted to urban areas
or state capitals. Many will end up bribing NYSC
camp officials while some may even go to the lenght
of sleeping with soldiers just so they can achieve that
goal. If I hear you complain about corruption in
Nigeria ehn!
I have been there and I know these things. However,
my main intent here is to give you reasons why you
should be happy serving in a rural community
instead of an urban area (state capital). Hopefully at
the end of reading this piece, you will have had
enough credible information to enable you reach a
decision that will enable you enjoy your service year
to the fullest. Here we go.
1. Housing and Feeding
Rural communities are places where you have the
cheapest cost of housing and feeding compared to
state capitals. A comfortable room with electricity bill
for a month can cost as low as N1,000 compared to
N2,500 in a state capital or even a free without paying a token. Need I remind you that you
are more likely to get freebies such as fresh
vegetables, yams, garri, plantain, garri and pepper in
a rural community than in an urban centre? If you
want your meagre N19,800 monthly allowance to be
able to sustain you with you even being able to save
some part of it then you should be happy serving in a
rural community.
2. Transportation
Your PPA is mostly likely going to be within a trekable
distance from your house when you are serving in a
rural community plus you can always get unsolicited
free rides from members of your community. Go
state capital go tell Hausa, Ibo or Yoruba man wey
come from faraway come hussle for survival make
him carry you free. Him go rebuke you like devil.
3. Save! Save! Save!
Just in case you failed to grab the essence of point 1
& 2 above, am making it obvious. This is especially
for those who understand the harsh economic
realities currently facing Nigeria. The truth is there is
no guaranteed job waiting for your at the end of your
service year. You therefore need some change that
can sustain you during the job hunt. If you are
looking for a means to quickly squander your meagre
allawe, then keep praying and lobbying to be posted
to the state capital. Reality will set in when you stop
recieving monthly credit alert from federal
government.
4. Personal CDS Project
If you want to win that state prize and even shake
hand with President Buhari or the state Governor at the end
of your service year then consider it a good thing to
serve in a rural community. The reason here is that
rural communities have many unfulfilled needs
compared to urban centres and you can tap into
these opportunities to carry out a personal CDS
project that can win you fame and glory.
5. Less Stringent Rules & Regulations To Follow
Am not in any way trying to encourage indiscipline
but there are certain moments in during your service
year when you will seriously wish for the rules to be
relaxed a little bit. Your wish will most probably be
answered in a rural area than otherwise. If you want
to ask me which rules and regulations, go grab your
NYSC Bye Laws handbook and read through. I know
for a fact that extension-of-service-year is more
common in urban centres so be happy you are not
going there.
6. Cultural Integration & Learning
If you really wish to understand the culture of the
people in the the state where you are serving then a
rural community is the best place to carry out your
service. Those who serve in rural areas have over the
years proven to be more knowledgeable about their
state of deployment than those who serve in urban
centres. You too can join this prestigious league.
7. Respect
As a Corp member serving in a rural area, be sure
that you are going to be respected not only by
members of your community, but also by your
employee at your PPA. Majority of incidences of
maltreatment of Corp members have often come
from urban areas. If you read story of Corp members
who were thrown out of their PPA and lodge by their
employee (a proprietor in an urban school) then you
will treasure this additional benefit of serving in a
rural community.
8. Valued Service
This is also an offshoot of point 6 above. Be sure that
your service in a rural community will be deeply
valued and appreciated because you will be
rendering a scarce service to your host community.
Please don't fail to take advantage of this.
I hope these few points will convince you on why you
should be happy to serve in a rural community.
Questions, comments, additions and subtractions are
welcome.
God bless the federal republic of Nigeria.

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Re: : 8 Reasons Why You Should Serve In A Rural Community by Nobody: 5:42pm On Dec 15, 2015
Hmmm.
Re: : 8 Reasons Why You Should Serve In A Rural Community by kossyablaze(m): 5:52pm On Dec 15, 2015
For them prospectives.... Not us wey be grannies for nysc
Re: : 8 Reasons Why You Should Serve In A Rural Community by LogoDWhiz(m): 7:49pm On Dec 15, 2015
Thanks for the info
Re: : 8 Reasons Why You Should Serve In A Rural Community by DonPsymon(m): 3:42pm On Dec 16, 2015
LOL grin

I think this is true grin
Re: : 8 Reasons Why You Should Serve In A Rural Community by ikelowa(m): 4:12pm On Dec 16, 2015
nice one anyway, but still want to let you know that if I had not been posted to urban area, I wouldn't have opportune to what am currently doing
Re: : 8 Reasons Why You Should Serve In A Rural Community by leoblaze(m): 5:19pm On Dec 16, 2015
ikelowa:
nice one anyway, but still want to let you know that if I had not been posted to urban area, I wouldn't have opportune to what am currently doing
What if it is just an alternative compared to what God have for you........ After much prayer in camp, i was posted to a place no corper has accepted to stay for the past 5 years......... But i have faith in God's process.... And am staying... That is d front view of my ppa

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Re: : 8 Reasons Why You Should Serve In A Rural Community by ikelowa(m): 6:17pm On Dec 16, 2015
I have many friends that were posted in such a place and they rejected. they were all reposted to a better and payable PPA. so I don't know why you chose to stay there. did u pray and was directed to stay there having believing God for better fortunes?
Re: : 8 Reasons Why You Should Serve In A Rural Community by yeniajayi(f): 6:44pm On Dec 25, 2015
But doesn't apply for all@op
Re: : 8 Reasons Why You Should Serve In A Rural Community by Nobody: 9:52am On Dec 28, 2015
ikelowa:
I have many friends that were posted in such a place and they rejected. they were all reposted to a better and payable PPA. so I don't know why you chose to stay there. did u pray and was directed to stay there having believing God for better fortunes?
In life, it's not about what u take, but but wot u giv; coz it's wot u giv d@ determines wot u tayk
Re: : 8 Reasons Why You Should Serve In A Rural Community by yeniajayi(f): 10:45am On Dec 28, 2016
In life, it's not about what u take, but but wot u giv; coz it's wot u giv d@ determines wot u tayk

evergreen truth
Re: : 8 Reasons Why You Should Serve In A Rural Community by ThinkSmarter: 6:07pm On Dec 31, 2016
@op u made good points, but the rural area should hv a touch of life in it like water and Telecom network.
I was posted to Jigawa, but thank God for NL, I read a thread here of a corp member who hv served in Jigawa State advising prospective corp members not to lobby for posting in camp, I was nearly tempted to lobby for the posting through my platoon officer, but thank God I later gave up after recalling what I read on NL and also after advice from our state coordinator telling us that no one should lobby for posting as itz done based on ur area of specialisation.
And as God may hv it, when I received my posting letter, lo and behold, I was posted to a secondary school in one of the 5 emirate councils, and my PPA provided me with modest accommodation.
Meanwhile, some people that joined the band, OBS with hope that they will be given preferential treatment ended up in the State capital where many PPAs can't provide accommodation, while some were posted to rural areas.
Moreover, my only work z to go to my PPA and teach the students, as my LG z not engaged with any CDS
I am just lucky.
Here re pictures of my PPA :

Re: : 8 Reasons Why You Should Serve In A Rural Community by Salas4oru(m): 7:05am On Feb 12, 2017
ThinkSmarter:
@op u made good points, but the rural area should hv a touch of life in it like water and Telecom network.
I was posted to Jigawa, but thank God for NL, I read a thread here of a corp member who hv served in Jigawa State advising prospective corp members not to lobby for posting in camp, I was nearly tempted to lobby for the posting through my platoon officer, but thank God I later gave up after recalling what I read on NL and also after advice from our state coordinator telling us that no one should lobby for posting as itz done based on ur area of specialisation.
And as God may hv it, when I received my posting letter, lo and behold, I was posted to a secondary school in one of the 5 emirate councils, and my PPA provided me with modest accommodation.
Meanwhile, some people that joined the band, OBS with hope that they will be given preferential treatment ended up in the State capital where many PPAs can't provide accommodation, while some were posted to rural areas.
Moreover, my only work z to go to my PPA and teach the students, as my LG z not engaged with any CDS
I am just lucky.
Here re pictures of my PPA :
lucky you. Most of us in hadejia had to get a place for ourselves, but in all, this place is not so bad sha

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