WHY YOU PROBABLY WOULD LOVE TO SERVE IN A RURAL AREA
Serve in a village?
God forbid! Tufiakwa! Olorun ma je!
A lot of corp members disgust the idea of serving in the rural areas. In every state they are deployed to the passionately yearn to find placement in cities or developed areas. This leads a lot of them doing a lot of different crappy things just to get a slot into the city area. You find ladies who would be wooed in by soldiers claiming that they would work out their posting for them. Some of these ladies would sell out their bodies to men in exchange for such offers. (Sadly, 98% of the soldiers have no authority to manipulate any posting). Others would pay a lot of money they don’t have to officials just to get posted to the urban.
Damn! Why do any of that? Rural areas could probably be the best thing that could ever happen to you. Don’t be lured by the glamour and glare of city life. There could be one or two advantages but I would choose serving in the rural area anytime any day. There can be a lot of arguments on this subject but let me highlight some important benefits that can convince you of loving to serve in rural communities.
Generally, the respect given to corp members has waned in recent years compared to what it was back then. Communities around Nigeria always waited in earnest anticipation for these corp members who have been sent to their locality. We heard stories of them making provisions for this corpers, taking care of many of their food stuffs, picking them up and paying for their transport and welcoming them with celebration. Today the story has really changed especially in the city localities. In the cities where some may be lucky to serve in big companies or organizations sadly most of them are used as errand boys and girls.
In contrast, in the rural areas much respect is still paraded on the corpers. It might not be the fanfare they once had at the beginning but the respect for these corp members is considerably high. These local children anxiously anticipate fetching water for them, washing their cloth and doing any menial work that they so desire. Hardly can you see such a service from children of city dwellers today. What could be better than being treated like a queen or king? Don’t forget you deserve it because you are “government pikin”
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Low cost of living
We all know this fact that the cost of living in rural areas is always low compared to the town or city areas. These poor communities are generally farmers and indulge in many agricultural activities whose farm products are transported to the developed localities and sold at city price.
Apart from the low cost on food, most corp members who find themselves in rural areas usually find free housing provided for them. I know of corpers in one rural area who has a big hostel built for them and each of them has a flat given a flat to live in. even if you cannot find a free house the cost of most houses are so cheap that you can never believe it. In the city however, sometimes you find yourself paying the same money you had to pay while you were university and paying for hostel accommodation.
A lot of things are available free in the rural communities. In most villages there is tap water available in most areas and usually there served free of charge. I bet you cannot see such free offers in the city area. With only a few houses competing for NEPA light there are usually light in this places and this is not also paid for.
am telling you don’t have to suffer during your university years and still suffer as a corp member.
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What more can I say? With all these free provisions you garner in the village areas why won’t one be able to save more money? Consider this, you don’t need to pay for high cost of transport fares like in the cities, most at times your place of primary assignment is usually just at your backyard. That is some change into your savings.
What other savings do you have in the rural areas? During the harvest season most of this local people provide a lot of food materials for this corp members. I can still remember a community that usually gives out even goat to it corpers. Food is usually cheap since they are produced locally and that so much savings from the rural area. Trust me some corp members in the villages can save almost all there allowance and still look healthy and well feed.
I was thinking I was going to exhaust all the benefits of staying in the rural area in this article but I think I cannot do more than my boss asked me to. I still have enough points more than what I just gave you in my handbag, so I’ll share those with you when we meet again. I hope you continue to enjoy your time in www.awajis.com/nysc.
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