The abbreviation NYSC means National Youth Service Corps. It is a program instituted by the Nigerian government to engage people into national service and obtain a certificate within a one-year interval. A lot of young Nigerians graduate have always dreamed of acquiring this certificate. But the big question is, is the certificate as important as it sounds? Well, that is what we want to consider in this article. Let us first consider how the scheme works.
What is the NYSC program and how does it work?
The scheme was first established in 1973, the first Director-General was Ahmadu Ali. Right from that moment onward it was compulsory for all Nigerian graduates, be it polytechnics or universities to participate in this scheme every year. With the objective of them serving their country and learning the worth of their rich culture. They spend a period of 3 weeks away from their friends and family in the “orientation” camp. Right in the camp, they learn a lot of things. How to be independent, how to relate with other people from different tribe and nation.etc. At the end of the year, a “passing out ceremony” is conducted, this is the time for all the NYSC participants to officially receive their certificate and return to their respective homes.
The main benefits of the program:
On the whole, the scheme was instituted to help Nigerian graduate to find their place in life. Hence, The common benefits of NYSC right from camp are:
- Feeding and care by the government
- Meeting new friends
- Skill acquisition
Benefits after the service year:
The importance of this certificate is understood by a lot of our young Nigerians and graduate, no wonder the work and try hard to achieve this certificate and when they do receive it. This means a door opener for them. They become eligible for the list of jobs which can be available only for people who have completed the compulsory national service of one year, and these jobs are mostly in governmental establishments, as well as a few private ones.
Many students look forward to their mandatory service because of the unique experience it offers and to learn patriotism and loyalty to their country and each other. Most youths in Nigeria never get the opportunity to find out about different cultures, and they value this chance given to them by NYSC.
Step to Apply:
To apply for the scheme is not rocket science; it’s something you can apply by yourself. Let me take you through a quick step by which every prospective corps members need to know before applying.
- Visit their official website @
2. Your e-mail or Gmail must be active
3. Use correct Matric number to register
4. The only Graduate that their name is accepted by the Senate can register
5. Those who study outside the country must have graduated from accredited schools
6. Graduates from outside the country must upload some vital documents on NYSC portal.
- West African School Certificate(WASC) (with not less than 5 Credits at 2 sittings) or its equivalent.
- Or General Certificate of Education (GCE O’ Level) (with not less than 5 Credits at 2 sittings) its equivalent.
- Or NECO (with not less than 5 Credits at 2 sittings) or its equivalent.
- Or High School Diploma or its equivalent
- First Degree or Higher National Diploma (HND) Certificate (Second Degree or PhD not necessary).
- Transcript of the first Degree or HND.
7. Graduates who study in non-English speaking countries must get documents translated
8. Medical Science graduates must have Certificates of Registration with professional bodies
9. Foreign-trained graduates should not visit Abuja for document verification
10. No fake document should be presented
11. Passport Photographs
12. Proxy Registration not allowed
13. You’ll pay N3,000 if you want your call up number sent to you
14. Don’t pay anybody if you’re collecting your call-up number from your school
15. If you have paid before, don’t pay again
16. Upload your marriage certificate if you’re married
17. Orientation camp will not accommodate pregnant PCMs
18. Part-time graduates should register online to collect Letter of Exclusion
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