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Is Port Harcourt A Good Place To Do My Nysc?

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I am in the UK and will be coming back to do my NYSC for this Aug/Sept, I have been told that I can choose what state I want to serve in.

I have never lived or studied in Nigeria before,  I usually come  for two weeks hols every few years and usually have a great time , so to me this is a chance to get familiar with home.

Anyway I am thinking of choosing River state ( port Harcourt)  because is close to my family in Abia state. but just wanted to ask   if anyone has served in Port Harcourt and could share with me their camp experience?

                                                                                                                                                                                        I am very confused now because alot of the stories i have read here about camp is all too bad, so i really don't know if i should cancel coming for it,

please advise me, if you can. I am confused and don't want to make the wrong choice.

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If you compare conditions in Port Harcourt one of the things that comes to mind is rowdiness. That might not be a very positive factor for favoring this city. However, being a port it has several multinational companies located in it. So, you may after all want to go there for your NYSK. Plus, they have pretty decent conditions at their camp, too. Do not forget to check the level of state salary paid to corpers.

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Portharcourt is alright in my opinion. Although it may have its peculiar problems just like any city in Nigeria, congestion, traffic hold ups etc. But I believe those are part of the stuff that makes NYSC an experience and you will be serving with a lot of young nigerians coming from different parts of the country who have various backgrounds, cultures, experiences etc so it should be a challenging and fun ride. Just like some posters mentioned you should not come with the expectation of having an Alice in Wonderland life style.

I worked in Shell Portharcourt for about 6 years before relocating to UK and I enjoyed it. I am from the Northern part of the country, but I made it my home learnt new things, learned to cook the local food, visit some of the villages, learnt about the culture of the peope and respected their culture and mode of life. I still believe Corpers are given due regard by the communities they are posted to.

When I did my NYSC I was posted to Benue state, even though I had never been there before; i ended up enjoying my service year beyond measure. I was also offered a job then, but because I wanted to do other things I did not take up the offer.

So wishing you all the best

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@ kitaun

who told you that am ajebo??, am sure i can survive in any village that you went to.

Anyway can you tell me a little more about the camp experience?? what was it like?? what were you doing for the whole 3 weeks?? and what was the facilities like?

What did you like and hate about it, please fill me in on what to expect in camp??

and did you get to go out , as in have time off or what?

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I do not recommend Port Harcourt for any purpose at this time. the so-called militants have made the place too hot for comfort: car bombings, kidnappings, an assasination, pipeline vandalism, etc. Too hot. Please don't go there.

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@ada2000

hey girl if you want to come and serve in PHC there's nothing wrong with the place, you can come around do your thing, aint nobody is stoping ya. Port Harcourt is every other place where you have the Good, the Bad and the Ugly, a londoner can cope very well in PHC.

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well i'm glad i get to choose where to do it cuz i'm thinking ph city too

been there luved it goin bck i hope

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Why are you given the option to choose the state to serve? Does it apply to all corpers or only graduates of foreign universities?

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p.h is a cool place, there's competition enough money and pollution too lol

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I think i wud advice you to serve in lagos.am a corper right now and my friends in port harcourt are complaining of some many things like everything is expensive and light.so i wud advice you to serve in lagos. its better here.take care and all the best

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I got you quite well! I want to know the problems that are in these villages and how thay affect a youth corper. When you served there were more problems associated with election and it did not affect you. Why are you claming there are crisis now for a coper?

If Shell give you a job in any village in Rivers state which will you reject because of this your so called crisis? Please give a name.

I Live in PH 2 and i want to know those problems you claim are on ground and how the will affect her during service.

@NSNA

I m sure you are not a Nigerian.

Every graduating Nigerian under 30 irrespective of where you schooled is expected to do a compulsory I year national service. It used to be a thing of pride to have the opportunity to serve.

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@kajad

I don't know where you got your interpretation of what I posted. The above quote was exactly what i posted. I did not say that there was a problem then. I said there are problems now. Atleast she deserves to know the situation on the ground and that I can tell because I still live in PH. Mind you this is someone coming home to experience Life for the first time. She needs a soft landing and she must be told the truth.

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If you are posted in the city center for your primary assignment, all well and good. But if they take you to a remote village, you'll not find it funny. When I served (4 yrs ago), there was no problem but now there are crises almost in every part of the state especially in the villages where they resent non-indigenes so much (Its not their fault). So, the safest place for now is to stay within PH city. The creeks and villages are boiling. If you can't guarantee your doing it in PH city then go to Abuja, Enugu, Imo or Abia. Don't try Lagos you can't cope for now.

The camp is the same everywhere, not in infrastructure though but in experience and life generally. Whatever you see in any camp is part of the fun. Just make the most of it.

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I do not know the stories you heard about camp that is so bad.

The only thing I can tell you is not to come home with too much expectation; note the realities in Nigeria viz a viz the infrastructure. The worst thing that can happen to one coming home form abroad is the realities of having to live without things he/she took for granted.

The good part is that you will meet a lot of young people like yourself who have lots of ideas and have developed great optimism and ways of having fun like you never imagined; Like a lot of people you may just meet your true best friend during your service

So, go and have some fun, you definitely will not be the weakest amongst 1001 girls!

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although i haven't done it but planning to do it when am done skool next year, do it if it is sumthing u really wanna do. Port Harcourt is a nice city to do it in, let others who live in nigeria or have done it, tell you more, Good luck

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