On receiving my NYSC posting letter, I headed for the ancient city of Kano. This was not the best of times for people to want to go to the Northern part of Nigeria for the Youth Service because of the incessant crisis that did not spare Corpers.
But at this time (2008), there was relative calm.
I was among the earliest Corpers who arrived at the ‘Karaye Kusala Dam’ camp.
Believe me, the heat was intense! Heat or no heat, the mission to serve fatherland must be completed. How good it felt to come in contact with some of my school mates from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
We kept one another company throughout the registration and camp period.
For me, camp was just like school days except for the different environment.I choose to remember our colourless ‘Campfire Night’. The campfire which was supposed to be the key element of the event was ‘missing’.
“The villagers would not accept a campfire”, we were told. And since every man wanted peace, we obeyed and had a quiet ‘Night vigil’ instead.
We were lucky to have two female Corpersgo with us so that they could take care of cooking, but am sure that they would have rejected the posting to Daho if they had a choice.
Group photograph with the students
The Corpers’ Lodge was just a place to manage because their houses are not like ours down south.
I became friends with Mallam Hadi, my neighbour who was kind enough to give a piece of land for planting some food crops.Water was not a problem because our residence was just beside a dam.
Mode of transporting farm produce
On days when we collected our ‘alawi’ we preferred to go to the bank in Dutse, the capital city of Jigawa State, since
it was closer to us than going to Kano City.
meant staying closer and knowing where each person was.
and on passing out of the programme he gave me a clock, a certificate and an envelope. But the content of the envelope is entirely my business!