“NYSC na scam”. This is a popular line amongst Nigeria youths, I would beg to differ though.
“Is the system perfect?” Of course not. In fact, far from it!
Imagine, how would somebody live on less that $50 per month and cater for feeding, clothing, sheltering, and transport expenses.
Yet you are expected to do due diligence to register for trainings and obtain certifications at a fee, send “something” to your siblings at home and still save some money for the “dark days”
And after all the stress and struggle for a year, you will be given a “sack letter” called NYSC discharged certificate to return home and be “jobless” once again, a sad return to zero income.
And so many other flaws with NYSC.
But come to think of it, you can always get a white egg from the dark pot.
Though I didn’t get so much done myself, I wish I had done more. But with God’s help I was able to make some tangible achievements.
In my service year I was able to pursue new skills in digital marketing and web graphics and build sophisticated websites for people, learnt new Nigerian languages; Hausa, Idoma.
I participated in an essay competition organised by my state governor’s inaugural ceremony and won against all odds, I appeared on national TV two consecutive times, NTA and Channels TV.
I led SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) projects as the SDG CDS group President.
I established press club society in my primary place of assignments (secondary school) amidst other impacts, I also organised a free digital boot camp training for Corp members as a personal project.
Later, I completed and published my book, Love Flames, on amazon and made some sales.
Out the 19800 monthly stipend I was able to save enough to obtain an international passport, get things for myself and keep the rest to cater for forthcoming needs.
More than all of these I made friends, lots of friends whom I would love to meet once again in the nearest future.
Amidst many others I might not be able to list here due to space limit or for confidentiality sake.
But I think the point is clear, you shouldn’t expect to achieve great feats on a platter of gold.
The bitter truth is that; we can never have enough in life, we will always have to make something out of little.
Instead of complaining and sulking around like a 2 years old kid, you can actually put your best to the little you have.
Only remember that only God gives the increase.
I gave my first allawee (first fruit) to God and watched Him multiply the rest.
Glory to God, It is all over with a good testimony to share. NYSC successfully done and dusted.