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22.04.2017 Opinion

My National Service Experience... July 2015 (Part 1)

By Archibald Frimpong
My National Service Experience... July 2015 (Part 1)
APR 22, 2017 OPINION

My experience in this regard is one of a kind. I was in the company of my friends in one's house. We were playing a fifa soccer video game. It soon was 6pm that day and there was a radio around which happened to be on peace fm.

The first news item that night was about the National Service Secretariat's release of posting. Already there had been two postponement in the posting release date. Luckily for us there was a laptop with internet around hence we all jumped unto it to check where we have been posted to. This was the last week in September, 2014.

We were three namely francis, gideon and myself. Gideon checked and he was posted to Accra Breweries. Francis checked and he was posted to Pasico Ghana Ltd. Before I could say Jack the National service website went down. We could no longer open the site from the laptop.

Friends begun to call me to ask where I was posted to, to many I told them I never knew the posting was out but to the few I pulled the wool over their eyes. I had to hoodwink them into believing that I was posted to a very good place which I will make known soon. I asked them same question, two were posted to Nestlé Ghana limited, four to SSNIT, GCB bank ltd, zenith Bank and access bank. After speaking with them I got into a state of jitteriness. My heart was now beating "Kigim Kigim Kigim". I was Struck with fear, dread, or consternation.

For 30mins the NSS website was down. At this point I became petrified and had to call on God. Francis and Gideon were in an ecstatic and rapturous mood. They now turned to laugh at me. They made me think I will be posted to a remote area. I still kept faith in God. This was not the time for my God who has never disappointed me to do for the first time.

The website was still not back after an hour and a half. I went to my phone'a browser to try from there. Wonders they say will never end, my phone's opera mini did the magic. I checked and by the blink of an eye I knew my fate. Since I was the only one who checked, my two friends with me wanted to know where I was posted to. It was Agricultural Development Bank (adb)-Accra.

I smiled and if my memory is right said one thing "S3 Nyame si wo hene aa atanfo ntumi nsei wo da". We all laughed and it was time for francis to go see gideon and myself off as we had to go break the news to our various families.

Archibald Frimpong.

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