10 Important NYSC Terms You Must Know

10 Important NYSC Terms You Must Know

Every platform has got their terms and some particular languages and terms dedicated to the field. I remember “Register”, a very nice topic back in secondary school. Under which we learned that some statements, words, and grammars can only be valid when used according to a particular field.

A doctor referring to a “patient” as a ‘client’ (although some doctors do that) is hilarious as calling a group of people watching a football match in a stadium ‘congregation’

Imagine calling ‘prisoners’ students and calling ‘passengers’ inmates. Very funny. Now I guess you are laughing.

Any of those words up there are correct, but they can be ridiculous when used outside the field they are specified with.

As Every platform, so also is NYSC. There are some terms dedicated to NYSC and all Corpers, prospective Corps Members and even all graduates should know. Read also: What Happens When A Corper Misses Biometrics/Clearance

10 Important NYSC Terms You Must Know

There are thousands of these terms everywhere. This list is in fact endless. But I am just giving you 10 of the important ones.


I don’t want to assume you already know this. It’s National Youth Service Corps. That’s the name of the scheme you found yourself right now. That’s the full meaning. So that Pulse TV did not find you funny one day.

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.


That is the first arm of NYSC.

It is the camping of the prospective corpers for 3 weeks of great training, rehabilitation and preparation for the task ahead of them. Its always somehow at first, but as time goes on, it will turn out to be the best.

3. PPA

This means Place of Primary Assignment. That is the exact place u will be posted, to serve after camp.

That is the place you will spend the whole of your service year immediately you eave camp.

It may be School, Ministry, Bank, Industry e.t.c depending on your discipline and luck.

But mind you, as at 2015, 70% of the corp members are now being posted to schools. School is always fun. You have your weekends, holidays and close by 2pm. So much time for yourself.

4. CDS

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. Very important.

You can also embark on your own personal CDS which qualifies you for an award at the end of the service year.
We have several examples of people who did well and execute their personal CDS and received an award for that.

5. LGI

Local Government Inspector

That man is your boss in your local government during your service year. You need to be good to him or her. In case you want to change your PPA after documentation, you really need his or her backing.

Respect him and obey him.

6. ZI

Zonal Inspector

That is the NYSC official in charge of all the corpers in a particular Zone.

Both the corpers and the LGI answers to him. Fear him.


That is the letter you will be issued while leaving camp. 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.

Make sure you get yours before you leave camp.

8. ALLOWANCE (Alawi)

Your monthly payment.

Still #19,800 for now. You will receive your first allowee on camp. It can be paid to your account or given to you in cash.

Don’t misspend it. Save some. Because you don’t know how the place you will be posted will be.

9. PV

Payment Voucher

Is the form you will fill and sign every month to qualify you for your Monthly “Allowee”. You will be doing clearance every first week of the month depending on your local government.

Without it; no payment and Corper go suffer.

You will also sign your first PV on camp.

10. SAED

Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development

This is a scheme established starting right from camp to help corp members acquire or skill or the other before they finish their service year. The scheme will run for like a week in camp, but you can decide to continue the program after camp (post-camp training).

Its recorded as the most boring moments on camp. But I can assure you, if you develop an interest, you will never regret it.

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This is Lola Princess and I'm from Earth. Born somewhere in Osun State, raised in Lagos, based in Lagos. Love making friends and blogging. I'm your NYSC Google Assistant and I'm always here.


  1. Pls m, my friend gender was change by NYSC why doing his registration from male to female, pls is there anything he can do in other to correct it. Thanks

  2. Lola please I want to redeploy

  3. My name was wrongly spelt on my JAMB admission letter and my name is already sent to JAMB for correction but I was told I would get a mail indicating that the name has been corrected but I’m yet to get the mail…can that delay me from going with the next batch?

  4. Dear lola , pls is it from one of the four states pcm selected that he/she most be posted?

  5. Is the monthly allowance is #19,800 or #33,800

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