The next batch due for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) – Batch B 2016 – will be going for camping from November 24, 2016.
What and what should you take to Camp? Do you really need most of the things you’ve packed into your big leather box already? Here’s a checklist of what we think an ‘Otondoh’ like you is like to need…
1 Documents and Photocopies
2 Call-up letter
3 Statement of Result/transcript
4 First degree certificates
5 School ID card
6 Passport photographs
You won’t be allowed into camp premises without any of them. Go there with about 10 passports & 5 document photocopies each
7 Toothbrush & Toothpaste
8 Bath soap & Sponge
9 Detergent & Bar Soap
10 Toilet Paper
12 Sanitary Pads & Tampons
13 Shower Caps
16 Buckets & Bailer
17 Body Cream & Lotion
Its ok to buy buckets and non-essentials at the camp.
18 White T-shirts
19 White Shorts
20 Whites tennis shoes
21 White socks
23 Bed sheets
24 Perfumes/ body spray
25 Rubber slippers/flip flops
26 Combs and hair needs
27 Makeup & accessories
* You will be provided with 2 pairs of white T-shirts and shorts in camp but you can take up to 2 pairs along.
* Colored panties will be too conspicuous under the white tops and bottoms.
* You can take a 2 – 3 sets of casual wears/mufti for Sunday and camp fire night.
* 1 pair of shoe and socks is okay. It is good to have a white rubber shoe that is easy to clean (sold at camp also)
Other Recommended Items
28 Torch lights
29 Mosquito nets/mosquito repellant
30 Food flasks, cups, drinking flasks & cutlery
31 Cloth hangers
32 Wrist watch
33 Padlocks and keys
34 Waist pouch
35 Handkerchiefs/face towels/Kleenex
37 Get a cheap watch. Every one uses a waist purse. Its your camp bestie. Most of these items can be easily bought in the camp so don’t worry. If you cant get them before travelling.
Optional First Aid Items
38 Methylated spirits/ rubbing alcohol
39 Band aids/plasters
42 Cotton wool
43 Anti-purging pills (flagyl, tetracycline etc.)
44 Anti-malaria pills
45 Inhaler (for those who are asthmatic)
These aren’t necessary except you have something to treat or known allergies
46 Camera & batteries
47 Writing pads and stationary
51 Mp3/ iPod
52 Eye pads for sleeping & ear plugs
53 Surge protectors / extensions
54 Glue sticks & stapler
If you have an internet-enabled camera phone, do take it along. Camp life can be very boring without one. You will like to take pictures and share with your friends. You only need to be very vigilant and protective of your things. If you feel you need a bulletproof vest or helmet, please carry it. You know what we mean, don’t you?
55. MONEY, MONEY, AND MORE MONEY.
* Never, ever, ever run out of it. Bring as much as you can afford.
* Mirrors and forks are known to be contraband items in camp
* Prices of items apart from fast consumer goods (Credit, Gala, Indomie etc) are usually higher than those outside so it is advisable you buy the things you can before going into camp.
PACK AS LIGHT AS YOU CAN AND MAKE SURE YOUR BOX IS AS THEFT-PROOF AS POSSIBLE.
You recommend that you get in touch with other ‘Corpers’ at www.otondoh.com. Otondoh wants to help youth corps members serving in different parts of the country to connect and share their experiences during their service year.
The mobile network currently has over 1000 members and provides tips and resources for corps members.
It’s a cool network that can also benefit all youth corp members who are currently on or about to embark on their primary assignment.
A young lady shared her story explaining that her father is sexually involved with her sister.
According to her, she had noticed her father’s fondness for her sister but didn’t know it went as far as eliciting s*x between the two.
Below is how she told the story:
I have always sensed that my father was too close to my elder sister.
The man was just too fond of her and obviously so.
Over the years, I even grew jealous considering the attention he gave her to my own expense.
Me and my sister are my parents only two children.
I used to tell my mother about what I felt about my father but she always waved me off.
“It’s just in your imagination. Your father loves you all equally” she would say.
Still I felt sidelined by my father and this caused some friction in the relationship between me and my sister though we still got along pretty well.
Well, I got admission to study Accounting in Benue State Univerity last year but my sister is still seeking admssion.
So I came home last week on a short visit and that was when I made the most shocking discovery of my life.
I walked into the house quietly to surprise my family since they didn’t I was coming and I saw my father on top of my sister having s*x with her on a couch.
I screamed and ran outside. I sat down under a tree in front of our badly shaken.
I just picked my small and began to go back to school. I couldn’t handle it.
Now, I don’t even know what to do; whether to tell my mother or just keep quiet about it.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities on Tuesday confirmed that it had ended its one week nationwide warning strike over the non-implementation of a 2009 agreement with the Federal Government.
The President of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, who said this in Abuja, urged lecturers to return to work.
“We are making progress, especially with the intervention of the Senate. In the next one or two meetings, if we are able to get a clear path to the matter, we will avoid elongation of the strike action.
“I have been receiving these reports that ASUU says strike continues. No. The strike ends today (Tuesday). All lecturers are to go back to work Wednesday morning.”
According to him, ASUU was hopeful of a positive outcome, going by the response coming from the Federal Government.
Targedy in Abia State as the Peoples Democratic Party treasurer in the state, Chief Steve Omeoga slumped and died at a popular sports club. Confirming the sad news, the state PDP Publicity Secretary, Chief Don Ubani said, “It is unfortunate, he is dead.”
According to reports, Omeoga slumped at a popular sport club, in Umuahia, the state capital, shortly after playing a lawn tennis game with a club member on Wednesday evening.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, a member of the sports club said after playing the game successfully, the man did not appear exhausted as he sat down on the court.
He said, “Initially members thought he was relaxing, only to observe with shock, that the man had slumped and was gradually losing consciousness.
“Efforts were made by club members to resuscitate him, before rushing him to the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia where the doctors battled fruitlessly to save his life. We lost him.”
‘UPDATE ON THE CASE OF IVIE EDOBOR: THE NEED TO KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE BALL
As the Americans would say: “Always keep your eyes on the ball”. The best way for the opponent to defeat you in any conflict is to force you to take your eyes away from the ball. That is is practically the move that Mr. John Edobor has made against Ivie Edobor, once he realized the gathering dangers around him.
When DPA first got involved in this case, I realized that the case possessed every element that is needed for mud slings – sex, scandal, betrayal, power, litigation, violence, pain and suffering. I pitied Ivie because she was clearly at a disadvantage. First, she is dealing in an environment where it is so easy to blame the woman. Second, she faced physical incapacitation with the attendant economic hardship that would prevent her from fighting a good fight. Her enemy took her out in the first round of the fight.
John remained a manager in Zenith Bank throughout the period. For five months, he used his presence and continued employment in Zenith to prepare to battle his estranged wife. It was only a matter of time before John would brandish his weapons of mud and sleaze. He only waited this long because he thought he was in control of the dynamics of this conflict. But he was wrong.
The tide turned last week after DPA entered into the picture. (By the way, I use this opportunity to assuage some DPA members who felt that the role of DPA in this case has not been adequately acknowledged. We need not ask for any acknowledgment. Our work speaks for itself). But make no mistake: DPA pushed for the upgrading of the charge from assault to attempted murder. That was the sole reason I went to court last week. (I didn’t go to court just to show solidarity) Also, DPA has clarified the narrative and focused attention on the unfortunate and highly questionable position of Zenith Bank.
Keeping our eyes on the ball requires us to stay focused on the issues that matter, regardless of attempt to alter the narrative through manipulated and selective evidence peddled on the personal walls of the accused man. One thing is this: John is defending a case that could send him to jail for the rest of his life. The incentive is too high that he would do anything to escape. Lying is the least thing he would worry about. Once John lost his job and now faces homicide-related criminal charges, you must prepare to expect the worst he is capable of.
Since last week, Ivie has feared many dangers from John. John who had been threatening her since the past 5 months, suddenly began to plead for reconciliation. Ivie was so worried that John was getting to the verge of mental crack up and his stability was much in doubt. She feared for her safety and safety of her children. John was clearly becoming suicidal. I advised her on how to stay calm and on how to be cautions. I must say that if all that John ended up doing was to lie against Ivie with doctored chats logs, then we are relieved that he did much less than we had feared.
Keeping our eyes on the ball demands that we remember the following:
(1) Ivie and John were separated since the past two years without any intention to continue the marriage.
(2) Prior to the separation, John committed domestic violence on Ivie multiple times.
(3) During the time of separation, John has been with multiple women in sexual relationships, as shown by the picture attached in which John and a woman (not Ivie) were in bed.
(4) On that faithful night in June, John came to Ivie’s house at night and attacked Ivie with weapons and clearly with intent to kill her.
The above facts are indisputable.
Now let’s us consider the fabled evidence that John has conjured up in his defense. John says:
1) That he and his wife agreed to separate in order to evade creditors. (You know that is a lie. John is a banker. He knows that such is not a way to evade creditors when your children remain in the same school for a whole year after separation. Indeed, the reason the children remained in Ajah school, while Ivie was shuttling them from Badagry (where her father lived) to Ajah each day for school was because Ivie did not have money to register them in another school near her father’s house).
2) John claims that Ivie got pregnant and aborted it. (Again, you know that is likely a blackmail. John who could not feed three children he already had would not spend nights and days crying that his estranged wife aborted pregnancy with twins. Besides, if that was the case and John felt so bad about that, why would he go to fight Ivie in her house? He should have been eager to divorce her).
3) John claimed that Ivie had relationship with another man during the time they were separated. He uses manipulated social media chat logs to buttress such contrivance. (But, really, even if were true, which I have refused to enter into, it is most unreasonable to expect that after 2 years of separation, your spouse would remain sexually loyal to you, especially when you had started living with another woman).
Now, go over all the excuses and reasons that John has given. The only reason missing is the reason why he attacked Ivie Edobor so viciously? John will never find one reason to justify the attack on Ivie. That is the ball that we must keep our eyes on. What is the justification for his action?
You must know that John was arrested at the scene. He alone was arrested. So, nobody else committed a crime that night. Nobody else attacked anybody other than John. Also, note that after arrest, John made statements and other witnesses made statements. At the end of it, the police decided to arraign him for assault.
Note also that even after the case had commenced in court, the government felt that assault was not strong enough. They found that John had an intention to kill Ivie. That was why they changed the charge to attempted murder. It all means that nobody who has examined the evidence from a professional standpoint so far could buy the nonsensical stories John is now peddling. And I urge DPA members to disregards such nonsense. We shall keep our eyes on the ball and we are interested only in one thing – John’s excuse for attempting to kill Ivie.
NOTE: You will see among what John attached a letter that Ivie purportedly wrote to Zenith apologizing for allegedly dragging Zenith’s name to the mud. You are smart. You would wonder what kind of Bank would go to the extent of forcing a victim who was still in the hospital to write such a letter. That letter is actually a smoking gun against Zenith.
In fact, with that letter, we can upgrade out accusations of Zenith Bank from breach of its social responsibility to active persecution and harassment and obstruction of justice. They forced Ivie to call the incident a family dispute that should be resolved within the family, even while the state is prosecuting it as a crime against the Nigerian public. The reason they forced her to describe the incident as such was actually to influence John’s indictment and make it appear that it was indeed a family matter. That is called obstruction of justice.
This case is just setting. I think that John has grossly miscalculated what is at stake here. The stories he peddles on his Facebook wall do not cut it at all, and DPA members and the general public will keep their eyes on the ball.
Written by: Emeka Ugwuonye, Esquire’
The Chairman of Chrome Oil, Sir Emeka Offor, has announced the burial plans for his late father, Chief Benneth Owudiegwu Offor (Nnakaibeya), who died recently.
The burial rites are scheduled to commence on November 17, 2016.
According to Vanguard, the Anambra State born oil magnet oil magnate, on Sunday, warned pickpockets to steer clear of the funeral. He said security arrangements had been put in place to pick anybody who would misbehave on the occasion.
Meanwhile President Muhammadu Buhari and American President-elect, Donald Trump and many other African leaders are expected to attend the funeral. This was disclosed by the Vice Chairman of the Pa Benneth Offor Burial Committee, Mr. Tony Obi.
An army officer, Musa Lawal, who was reportedly kidnapped in Calabar last Thursday, allegedly faked his abduction.
Lawal was abducted around 10am after leaving a bank along Calabar Road in the Cross River State capital by his cronies, according to a security source.
Southern City News learnt on Sunday that Lawal had allegedly arranged for his abduction to pave the way for an undisclosed illegal movement to Port Harcourt in Rivers State.
In the course of investigation, it was learnt that Lawal had after his encounter with an unknown group in Port Harcourt, travelled back to Eket in Akwa Ibom State where he was eventually found in his girlfriend’s apartment by security operatives.
The source told Punch,
“He faked his own kidnap because he wanted to have some time out with a group in Port Harcourt. He had an encounter with them from investigations made. It was an illegal operation that he went for and after the operation he relocated to the girlfriend’s house in Eket.
“He was picked up in his girlfriend’s house in Eket and he is presently being detained in one of the barracks in Calabar. He has confessed that he was not actually kidnapped.”
An Army Barrack resident in Calabar, Kehinde Matthew, confirmed that Lawal was on Saturday taken to his residence by security operatives for a search.
“He was on a leg chain when he was escorted to his apartment in the barracks on Saturday. He was brought in by some security operatives that included military police. He wore a blue jean and black T’ shirt,” he said.
But the Army Public Relations Officer in charge of 13 Brigade, Calabar, Capt. Kayode Owolabi, insisted that there was no case of kidnap.
“Nothing like that ever took place. It is all rumour because it is not possible to abduct someone in Calabar without attracting public attention in the broad day light, let alone a soldier who is fully dressed. You must get a pass before you are allowed to travel. Whatever they are saying is not true. The man is with us,” he said
Marek Zmyslowski, a Polish business man and co-founder of Jovago.com is currently in Nigeria and he has told of how a staff of Shoprite, Jakande, Lekki, Lagos allowed him walk away with goods worth N200,000 without paying because the POS was faulty.
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Beautiful Nollywood actress and philanthropist, Empress Njamah rolled out some new photos.
The stunning actress rolled out new set of photos of herself looking totally beautiful.
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A 20-year-old Nigerian Medical Doctor, Lilian Okafor, is trending online for an an inspiring post she shared via her Instagram handle of how a teacher told her mother that she could not cope with medical school after she graduated form High School at age 13.
A proud Lilian Okafor finally got her licence to practice in Nigeria last week after she passed all necessary examinations.
She shared the photo above and captioned it with:
I remember a teacher telling my mom when I finished high school at age 13 that I couldn’t cope with medical school at that age but my mom knew her daughter….even though I waited for over a year (thanks to the struggles we face to get into Nigerian Universities), I went to Uganda (some people laughed at me for going but it was the best decision..the reason is a story for another day😄)…got my degree, wrote the Nigerian exam…passed of course 😄 got inducted yesterday… at age 20😋…”hey teacher, i did it well”… THANK YOU LORD… now licensed in both East Africa and Nigeria…. Thank you mom and dad… Thank you baee… btw, dad needs to stop calling me a baby Doctor…😋😄