Oberiko Progress, a Business Administration graduate of the Delta State Polytechnic, Oghara, has proven that the National Youth Service Corps can make a positive difference in nation building and the development of the country.
Posted to Bekwarra Local Government Area, Progress’s place of primary assignment was at a hotel, where she served as a receptionist /service supervisor, however, she sought community challenges she could proffer solutions to.
Within the one year mandatory scheme, Progress achieved many feats that earned her the award of the 2017/2018 best corper in Cross River State.
“I looked at the society and saw some lapses which I could turn to opportunities; opportunity to explore and impact,” she told Woman.NG in a Whatsapp chat.
Below are the 8 things Progress did that earned her the award
Her humanitarian work started at a vocational institute for catering and hotel management courses, where she taught students on Front Office Management, the department she managed at her place of primary assignment.
She organized a youth seminar and invited speakers who spoke on the themes “30 things to do before you turn 30 years” and “Sustaining the Values of a Christian Youth in a Deteriorating Society.”
She also carried out an essay competition for Junior Secondary School 2 & 3 students in a Government school. She awarded three best students with a term’s school fees scholarship.
Having acquired some catering skills, she organized a free school meal for over 120 pupils and their teachers at a primary school in the state.
She provided 100 pairs of school sandals and 110 pairs socks of various sizes for 110 pupils at a primary school in the state.
She distributed 60 packs of sanitary pads to 60 Senior Secondary students in the state.
She organized a 3 day workshop on women education for some students in the state.
She took up the case of a mentally ill family, who have been in the condition for over a decade in the Bekwarra community. Progress followed it up and made an article on social media about them, which got the attention of people and the government. The family has been rescued and are now receiving medical attention from the Federal neuro psychiatric hospital in Calabar.
On the award, Progress said that,
I thank God for my achievements; everything I did, I did because I felt the need. NYSC brought out a part in me that I had never explored. And now, out of the bounteousness of my heart yields me favor from every sides.
I didn’t see it coming as spontaneous as it did. It wasn’t easy tho. I escaped accidents severally on these outreaches, travelled and trekked places, sat in different offices and waiting room for several hours just to solicit support for my enormous projects. Some people saw is as a white elephant project but I was so determined, refusing to see impossibilities. I went without food, went broke and inundated with fatigue and commitments. Low Battery and all the obstacles you can imagine but Las Las, I became an achiever.
I ran my race alone, carried my cross and bore my thorn alone. No one wanted to be part of this much stress, after all na service we come, we canor coman kee ourselves but I was happy doing all of them. I felt peace and the “thank you kopa” they told me sent my hunger to exile, I was fulfilled even though I didn’t get paid. Thanks to NYSC for giving me the privilege and opportunity to explore. I still want to do more.
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