I share my NYSC story with corps members and tell them that the scheme is a working platform that gives them the opportunity to develop themselves, and most importantly to execute community projects in rural areas that are in dire need of basic amenities like water, clinic, education amongst others.
The feedback from them has been encouraging; for example, a corps member, Chioma, built a clinic in Ogun State; Jatau built a school library, and others have sent mails about how my talk at the orientation camp and my book, The Girl Who Found Water, have inspired them to execute their projects as well as staying strong through the hurdles of fundraising.
No society has developed without government support. These corps members in just one year are able to execute significant projects that the Local Government Chairman cannot do in four years. Ironically, most of the corps members realise more than 50% funds from government institutions. If they do not take up these initiatives, suffering would linger on and the funds that would have been allocated to their projects might be embezzled.
I tell them that they must assume responsibility for the communities and explore the opportunities they have as corps members to change the communities they serve in.
– Mirian Chibuzor Azubuike is the author of The Girl Who Found Water