In every discipline, there are always unique words used. As the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) continues to play a pivotal role in shaping the lives of Nigerian youth, understanding the NYSC Terminologies/unique language and acronyms associated with this institution becomes essential.
In this comprehensive guide, we will decode the intricacies of NYSC terminologies in 2024, providing you with a valuable resource to navigate the language of the NYSC seamlessly.
Whether you’re a prospective corps member, a curious observer, or someone deeply involved in the NYSC community, this exploration is designed to demystify the terms that define the NYSC experience.
Below are some NYSC terminologies, please get acquainted with them as you will often come across them once you become a corp member.
It means National Youth Service Corps. It brings together youths from Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges every year to serve their father land. Usually in non-indigenous states. You will be posted to a far place.
This means prospective corps member. They are recent graduates who are just about to start NYSC. They have been given call up numbers but yet to be sworn in by the NYSC. They are simply awaiting corpers.
It means Corp member. They are PCM that have fully registered in NYSC camp and sworn into the National Youth Service Scheme. A member of the NYSC and a Federal Government kid.
This is the first arm of NYSC. It is the camping of the prospective corps members for 3 weeks (21days) of great training, rehabilitation and preparation for the task ahead of them.
This means Place of Primary Assignment. That is the exact place u will be posted, to serve after the 21 days orientation camp training. That is the place you will spend the whole of your service year immediately you leave camp. It may be School, Ministry, Bank, Industry e.t.c depending on your discipline and luck.
Currently 70% of the corp members are now being posted to schools.
The NYSC terminologies of CDs/CD means Community Development Service. When you leave camp, you will be posted to join one of the CDS groups in your local government. That is where you will perform your duty to humanity, by meeting other corpers there to develop the community to which you are posted. CDS members do have their meetings once in a week.
You can also embark on your own personal CDS which qualifies you for an award at the end of the service year.
CALL UP NUMBER
A unique number associated with a registered member for the scheme. It contains the abbreviation for school of graduation, year mobilize and a special number.
Students’ Affairs Officer.
This is a process by which a corps member applies to be posted to ANOTHER STATE different from the state NYSC posted them for orientation camp.
MEDICAL FITNESS CERTIFICATE
It’s a COMPULSORY DOCUMENT which every PCM must present when the get to their various orientation camp for registration and admission in the camp. It MUST come from a GOVERNMENT HOSPITAL
It is a comprehensive report that covers a person’s clinic history. It’s used to fill redeployment form in camp, exemption from camp or exit from camp.
The process of being posted to the PCM’s state of choice other than the state NYSC would post them.
Director general who is the head of the NYSC scheme
State coordinator who is the head of the NYSC scheme at state level
Area inspector is in charge of the programme in a given area
Zonal inspector is in charge of the programme in a given zone. Both the corpers and the LGI answers to him
Local inspector is in charge of the programme under a local government area. He/She is your boss in your local government during your service year
Local government is the area a local inspector covers; you’ll meet your CD group here once a week. CM are posted to LG after camp.
Corps Liaison Officer. This is a corps member who was made the ‘head’ of other corpers posted under a certain Local Government Area. Vital information is most times passed across from the LGI to the corps members through your CLO.
LETTER OF DEPLOYMENT/PPA LETTER/POSTING LETTER
That is the letter you will be issued while leaving camp after the 3 weeks orientation. A Letter that will indicate the local government and the exact place you are posted to. On it, is the local government and PPA you have been posted to serve. It would be given to you the last day on orientation camp.
The head camp official in charge of camp activities
Project Management Professional. A professional course available in NYSC.
Passing Out Parade. The end of your Nysc service year.
A slang for serving members of the Nigerian Youth Service Corps. It is derived from the pidgin version of the phrase “As you were” (A military term that is the equivalent of “at ease”, the opposite of “attention” or “alert”
(POP) PASSING OUT PARADE
That is the end of your NYSC year. It is last parade before getting your NYSC certificate.
This is the official state identification number given to all corps members after registration in camp. It contains your state abbreviations, year and batch and a unique number.
This is the list of graduates received from different institutions eligible to register for NYSC.
Application for revalidation is when the PCM registered previously but failed to go camping after printing call up letter
Application for remobilization is when the PCM went camping but failed to report to PPA or absconded.
A letter from a husband to NYSC applying for the redeployment of his wife to his state of residence stating clearly his home address.
An RSM serves as a general overseer to all the platoons. Platoon commandants report directly to RSM while RSM reports directly to captain
“YOU ARE WRONG”
Used in camp by soldiers if you’re in the wrong place or doing the wrong thing.
An exclamation to a corp member of which the response is waa.
NOTE: There are still more, but these are the basics.
We hope this NYSC Terminologies guide has been a valuable resource for all – whether you are a prospective corps member, a seasoned participant, or simply curious about the NYSC journey.
Understanding these terminologies is not just about mastering a set of words; it’s about embracing the culture, camaraderie, and challenges that come with being a part of the NYSC community.
As you go through your NYSC journey, armed with the knowledge gained here, we trust that you’ll feel more confident, connected, and ready to make the most of this transformative experience.
The NYSC is more than an acronym; it’s a shared adventure, a rite of passage, and a chapter in the collective story of Nigerian youth.
So, whether you’re gearing up for service or reminiscing about your own NYSC days, may the shared language and experiences bind us together, fostering a sense of unity and pride in the remarkable tapestry that is the National Youth Service Corps.
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