For a while now, Azaya ( don’t ask me who he is, go check him out on FB) has been documenting his service year as a series on Facebook. Yesterday I thought, why not feature it here? I mean, what other place best fits such a wealth of sugary goodness? So starting right now, I’m going to be sharing his experiences here. Enjoy!
JOURNEY TO THE CAMP.
I was posted to Taraba State for my NYSC. It was my 3rd choice but I wasn’t overly surprised, since my first two choices were Kogi and Edo States, respectively. Anyway, I was going to go to camp from Jos and on checking a map, I saw that Jos even had a boundary with Taraba State. Cool, right? Wrong.
It was on the way that I realised that travelling everywhere in the North is just so damn far. The journey took us 8 hours from Jos to Bauchi to Gombe then to Yola and finally to Jalingo. It was a roundabout journey and I later realised that it was because Jalingo was at the northern tip of Taraba while the boundary was at the southern part and separated by a river. The journey itself was largely uneventful and we got to Jalingo around 7p.m on the day before Camp was to officially open.
The bus I entered was mostly occupied by prospective ‘Corpers’ like me and a few of considered whether to go straight to the camp or go to a hotel and pass the night. I and a few others decided to go to the camp venue. On getting to the camp venue, we realised that the army personnel were allowing ‘Corpers’ into the camp to pass the night before proper documentation the next day. All you had to do was present your printout and you’d be allowed in, given a mattress and told to find somewhere in the hostels to sleep. All hassle-free. I was already feeling bad for those other ‘Corpers’ who opted to go find a hotel to sleep in for the night.
We were told to be up by 6am so we could start documentation early enough before others who would be coming later on the day of registration. But trust newly graduated students to be unnecessarily jittery and ‘oversabitious’…