10 NYSC Important Terms You Should Know

In this article we are going to show you the 10 NYSC important terms you should know and their meaning.

What is an NYSC term?

NYSC term can be a word, phrase or an acronym which is frequently used by the NYSC officials and Corps Members for effective communication and expressions of an idea and thought.

Generally, a term is a word or phrase used to describe a thing or to express a concept especially in a particular kind language or field.

Just like every other field, NYSC got its own terms. It’s also important to note that a particular NYSC term may only be valid when used in the NYSC scheme; meaning that a certain term may mean something different or even meaningless when used outside the NYSC scheme. However, anyone who is interested to participate in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme should first of all learn the important terms which are used in the scheme, so that he/she won’t be a ‘JJC’ (John Just Come); this is because communication throughout the service year are mainly based on the use of the terms.

In Nigerian Army for example, they have military terms. If you are not soldier, you may not be able to understand what is going on around you. For example, ‘Python Dance’, ‘Alpha’, ‘Zero’, ‘Fall back’, ‘GOC’, ‘Captain’, ‘Crocodile Tears’ etc are all military terms which are hopefully familiar to all the Nigerian soldiers. To an ordinary civilian, it might make no sense but soldiers know what the terms mean.

Also, Engineers, Lawyers, Scientists, Doctors, Politicians etc have their own terms.

“Roger” is term or maybe a slang that is commonly used among the Nigerian policemen.

Another instance; if a Nigerian policeman says “wey your pay-pass”, an amateur driver may start looking for his vehicle papers or ‘particulars’.

Just like any other agency, NYSC has its own terms which are frequently used for easy and effective communication. For example if a Corps member says, ‘our Li said their will be a PV signing tommorow’. If you don’t know the NYSC terms you might not know what ‘Li’ or ‘PV’ mean. As a Corps Member if you begin to ask for the meaning, your colleagues might prefer laughing at you instead to letting you know the meaning. That’s why it’s important for you to learn the NYSC terms, so that you won’t miss out of service.

Below are the 10 NYSC Important Terms You Should Know.

1. NYSC: This means, National Youth Service Corps. Kindly note that ‘Corps’ is being pronounced as ‘Core’ (P and S are silent in the word ‘Corps’). If you don’t know that, NYSC officials or pulse tv might take the advantage to make fun of you.

2. Allowee: This is the allowance being paid to every serving Corps Members. For now the Federal Government pays the sum of N19,800 to each and every Corps Members serving Nationwide, this is therefore, most often, refers as “NYSC allowee” or “Federal allowee”. Also, some state government pays varying amount to Corps Members serving in their states, however, allowance paid by State government is “State allowee”, and the one paid by the head of the place your are serving is ‘PPA allowee’. SEE the list of states and how much allowee the pay Corpers

3. Orientation Camp: We have four cardinal arms of NYSC, namely: Orientation Camp, PPA, CDS, POP. The NYSC Orientation Camp is where Corps Members are trained for 3 weeks before they will be posted to where they are to carry out the their assignment. There is an NYSC Orientation Camp in every state in Nigeria. Check out the Addresses of NYSC camp in Nigeria

3. PPA: This means Place of Primary Assignment. After spending 3 weeks in the NYSC Orientation Camp, Corps Members will be posted to their PPA. Your PPA can be a Primary/Secondary school, University/Polytechnic, Ministry, Company, Firm or an Establishment. You will serve in your PPA as a staff till the end of your service year.

4. CDS: This means Community Development Service. In your PPA, you are also expected to contribute in developing the community where your PPA is situated. There are several CDS groups such as Education, Environment, Health, Agro, Legal aids etc. They usually have their meetings once in a week. You can also embark on personal CDS (by providing what is needed in the community), if you do it well, you may end up bagging State or Federal Award which may usher automatic employment for you or at least boost your job CV or Resumé.

5. POP: This means Pass Out Parade. The is the winding up your service year or the day your service will end. During the POP, the NYSC Discharge Certificate will be awarded to the deserving Corps Members.

6. LGI or Li: It means Local Government Inspector. He/she is the the NYSC official incharge of the Local Govt in which your PPA fall within.

7. Zi: Zonal Inspector. He is the NYSC official incharge of a particular zone within a state. Every state has zones. In rank, Zi is higher than LGI or Li.Li or LGI is under Zi, while Zi is under the state coordinator.

8. PV: This means Payment Voucher. It is a clearance paper that every Corps Member must sign before he/she will qualified for monthly allowance. PV is being signed usually within the first week of every month at the office of your LGI or Zi.

9. CLO: This means Corps Liaison Officer. He/she is a ‘Corper’ incharge of all the PPA within a Local Government. He/she works hand in hand with the LGI. He helps the LGI to do most of the work, and always act in the absence of LGI.

10. SAED: This means Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurial Development. It is a program set up by the Federal Government to provide entrepreneurship skills to Corps members while they are serving so that they won’t only depend on white collar jobs after their service year for survival.

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Extra terms

Congratulations, we said 10 terms, but we have decided to add more eight (8).

11. Platoon: In the NYSC camp, Corps members are split into 10 groups called ‘Platoon’. Every platoon has instructors, and most registrations are done platoon by platoon.

12. OBS: This means Orientation Broadcasting Station. It is the radio station inside the NYSC Orientation Camp which give information to people within the NYSC camp. OBS makes camp more lively and entertaining.

13. Otondo: Otondo is a nick name for every new ‘Corpers’. It means New, Novice, JJC, Mumu, Olodo etc. Though, the meaning of word appears to be insulting, but in most cases used for the fun of it, and necessary to insult you, so enjoy it if someone calls you ‘otondo’.

14. PCM: This means Prospective Corps Members. He/she is someone who wants to or about to become NYSC member.

15. Mami Market: This is an area within the NYSC camp marked out for selling of goods and services. Anything you need to survive in the NYSC camp, will be available for purchase at the Mami Market.

16. Corps Member: This is a youth member of the National Youth Service Corps.

17. Corper: This is the short way of saying Corps Member.

18. CD card: Community Development Card. It is an NYSC official card attached with your passport photograph that your LGI sign at the end of your CDS meeting day.

There are many more terms, but if you know the ones we listed above, then you are good to go. Thank you so much!

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Updated: May 1, 2019 — 8:12 am

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