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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NYSC DEPLOYMENT: BENEFITS OF SERVING IN A RURAL AREA (PART II)
Hello pals, it a pleasure to be with you again on the second part of “Serving In A Rural Area”. Previously on this subject I was able to highlight certain reasons why you should love to serve in a rural area. I know you would love to read these additional reasons I about to share on why serving in the rural area is on a high advantage. The benefit includes:
Community Service & Award
As part of the service scheme corp members are expected to take up community development service. This program is done in the group level and also as in a personal level. These services are projects carried out to provide support to the development of the local communities that corp members find themselves. At a group level this community service is carried by the CDS groups.
Interestingly NYSC also encourages every corp member to carry out this community service on a personal level. Corp members who are able to carry out this community service and perform creditably have the privilege to be awarded local or presidential awards which also includes finance, job, scholarship gift and others. Why is the rural area an additional advantage for corp members at this point compared to the city?
The cities are already developed and usually they are lack of ideas on projects to carry out in the community as compared to the rural areas. With the under development in the rural sides it is easy to find a lot of opportunities to be render this development service to the people. It is worth recognizing that most of the awards that are received for this community projects are 90% of the time received by corpers in the rural areas. If you know what it means to receive a national award then you can imagine why you should love to serve in the rural areas.
ADDITIONAL STATE ALLOWANCE
In addition to the monthly national allowance some states are known to pay additional allowance to corp members. Some corpers could be privileged to also receive pay from their place of primary assignment. That could mean a whole lot of money for those privileged corp members.
Additional opportunity opened to most rural areas is that most state usually gives more preference to those in the rural areas than those in the urban areas by increasing their allowance. This is really a great boost to the savings of potential of corp members in these areas.
Free gifts from local community
In sharp contrast with the cities the rural areas offer more opportunities for corp members to gain gifts and support from the rural areas. These gifts come in the form of agricultural produce, free lifts, free/cheap housing, free electricity, free water, free menial help and much more. Children and adults in this communities usually warm to this corpers and are willing and enthusiastic to support and share with this corp members in their community.
There is no feeling like being appreciated for the voluntary sacrifices corpers offer to communities.
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Serenity/peace of mind
Staying in the rural area would cut out the bustle and hustle of the city life. In the city it is hard to find very calm localities. A lot of activities bring about increasing noise to the neighborhood. Examples include the constant busy streets, the unbroken screech and blare of cars, the roar of generators from one corner to another and many other examples can really remove peace of mind from inhabitants.
In sharp contrast rural areas are haven of peace and enjoyable tranquility. All major sources of noise like in the cities are usually not common in the villages. This is a large benefit to lot of corp members who have to live a pre-meditated live as they reflect on the future of their lives and how to make something out it. Simply saying, it gives them ample to time to think, reflect and meditate on their lives to bring out a new, fresh and more responsible part of themselves. The peace of mind that they find makes it easy for them to read a lot books that would develop them personally, to be insightful in learning skills, and any other thing that would just help them grow.
Many who just hate the idea of serving in villages believe that life there would be boring. I really doubt that. A lot of times corp members who find themselves in the rural areas found themselves leaving together or in very close proximity. This closeness makes it easier for corpers to find friendship among them and find ways to entertain themselves in the rural areas. When compared to the cities most often than not corp members find themselves living far away from each other, though that does not apply to all cases. Who wants to be lonely in a big city?
By now you should have seen that the rural areas are not a bad place to serve at all but are really a blessing in disguise. So my dear corp members you do not have to go an ugly extra length just to evade being posted to the village communities.
For now enjoy your stay in www.awajis.com/nysc. Till we meet again in another one of our articles. Be sure to leave your comments and suggestions at the box below. We promise to guide you hand in hand through the length of your mandatory service. Thank You!