Compulsory Military Drills and My OBS Plight


Kwara State is a coastal area where cold (harmmatan) is usually prevalent during this period. But as a matter of fact, the cold weather in the morning cannot be used as an excuse when it comes to time for the parade. Most of us including me, as a result of the new environmental conditions fell sick in the first week on camp.

Whether you like it or not, the guys on military khaki would wake you up 4:30 AM everyday to assemble on the parade ground for the daily routine of activities on camp. Irrespective of the discomfort or uneasiness it brings to Corp members, it is a must to assemble when called upon.

On the fourth day, we were formally inaugurated as bonafide Corps members and we were co-opted into the various groups and activities on camp. Some to social activities, others to sporting activities, some with knowledge or some skills on instruments were made to join the camp parade band, some voluntary groups like red cross, and the Information dissemination group/entertainment popularly known as OBS.

By virtue of my course, skills and professionalism on my part, I sought to man the affairs of the OBS crew. Unfortunately it appeared I showed my interest late. Probably I wasn’t aware when interested persons were asked to join the crew. I thought I would be given some consideration, but the response I got was that they had gotten the number they wanted.

However, I was given an option of still airing my programs not minding the fact that I wasn’t part of the OBS unit. That was quite alright. But my flair for the job even after I had prepared a program to be aired died off immediately I realized that non of the crew members studied mass communication or its equivalent. No doubt they are not doing bad in their presentations, but I find it difficult to relate, so I waved away the idea.