NYSC stands for National youth service Corps. It is a program set up by the Nigerian government to involve Nigerian graduates in nation building and the development of the country
Upon graduation from a tertiary institution, a Nigerian graduate is expected to proceed for a one year Compulsory youth service in order to be considered a full fledged graduate.
For this reason, institutions have made it Compulsory for post graduate students to present their NYSC discharge certificate as one of the requirements for screening.
However, we can opt not to take part in the Scheme probably due to personal challenges or if the person in question is more than 30 years of age. In such situation, the person is expected to apply for an exemption from the scheme.
Facts to know as a prospective Corp member
To take part in this scheme, there are a number of things one should know.
In order to enroll for the NYSC Scheme, one needs to visit and login to the NYSC website. To do this, visit https://portal.nysc.org.ng/nysc1/
If you are to create an account, then sign up in order to proceed to your application.
Make sure you have a functioning Email and GSM phone number. It is one of the requirements for prospective Corp members (PCM).
Ensure you make use of your correct matriculation number to register in the scheme. Try checking the matric number you inputted before submitting. A mistake to this regard will be cumbersome to arrest.
Remember that only PCMs whose names are approved by the Senate or academic board can register for the scheme. That is to say that collecting your degree statement of result is not all it takes.
Make sure your name is on the Senate or academic board list. For more details, visit the student affairs department in your school.
Students who studied abroad must have graduated from accredited schools. Foreign trained PCM should ensure that their institutions are accredited.
Where in doubt, it is their responsibility to approach the Federal Ministry of Education for verification. The letter of verification must be uploaded during registration.
Foreign trained graduates must visit the NYSC portal, register and upload the following documents
- West African school Certificate (WASC) without less than 5 credits on 2 sitting
- The same is applicable to NECO, GCE or NABTEB
Graduates who studied in non-English speaking countries must get their documents translated. It is the responsibility of the PCM to get their certificates and transcript translated to English language before uploading.
Medical science graduates must have certificates of registration with professional bodies. All graduates of Medicine and surgery, Veterinary medicine, Physiotherapy, Radiography, Optometry, Medical laboratory Science, and Pharmacy are expected to have their certificate of registration with their professional bodies. Payment receipts are not acceptable.
Foreign trained graduates should not visit NYSC headquarters in Abuja for document verification unlike in the past. The exercise will now be done at the orientation camps.
They should simply print their call up letters online and report at the orientation camps in their states of deployment. They should come to the camp with the original documents they uploaded for verification.
No fake document should be presented. Anybody who presents fake document will be demobilized and decamped
Prospective Corp members must ensure that the passport photographs used meet the following Specification:
- Ensure your face (eyes, nose, ears, mouth and jaw) is fully shown without bending
- Ensure the picture fills the frame and centralized
- Ensure the photo background is white or off – white with no shadow
Proxy registration is not allowed. On no account should PCM Corp members register by proxy. They should also remember the fingers used for biometric capturing as these will be used for verification at the orientation camp. Those who cannot be verified at the orientation camps will not be registered.
You will pay the sum N3,000 if you want your call up number to be sent to you. Only PCM who want their call up numbers sent to them via SMS and wish to print their call up letters online are expected to pay the sum of N3,000. Visit NYSC portal to see how to make payment
Don’t pay anybody if you are collecting your call up number from your school. PCM who do not want to pay N3,000 has the option of going to their schools to collect their call up numbers and call up letters.
If you have paid before, don’t pay again. All prospective Corp members who paid for the online registration before but were not mobilized need not to pay again
Upload your Marriage certificate if you are married. Married female PCM (whether locally trained or foreign trained) should upload copies of their marriage certificates, evidence of change of name and their husband’s place of domicile during registration
Orientation Camps will not accommodate pregnant PCMs. The orientation camps is not ideal for pregnant and nursing mothers. Prospective Corp members in these categories are therefore to note that the will not be accommodated.
Part time graduates should register online to collect letter of Exclusion. All part time graduates are expected to register online and wait for the collection of their letter of Exclusion at their various institutions.
It is important to take note of these information before enrolling in the NYSC Scheme. This will enable you to live up to the expectation of a prospective Corp member.