Corps members who are posted to a Place of Primary Assignment (PPA) that they do not like can change to another PPA. Surprisingly, one of the most frequently asked questions by Corps members is “how can I change my NYSC PPA?” Therefore, in this post, we will provide guideline on how to change your NYSC PPA.
Kindly note that before you can change your NYSC Place of Primary Assignment, you need to, first get a ‘rejection’ letter from the head of the PPA that you were originally posted to. Therefore, your lucky ticket to successfully change your current PPA is a rejection letter from the PPA that you want to change.
The rejection letter is an evidence that your current PPA does not need your service, reason you want to change to another PPA that requires your service.
However, getting a rejection letter from your PPA may not be as easy as it sounds, because the PPA you want to leave may not want to let you go, especially when you are an asset to them.
What is NYSC PPA?
PPA means a Place of Primary Assignment. This is a place of work where Corps members are posted to carry out their National assignments after a 21 days training in the Orientation Camp. A Corps member can be posted to places like; Firms, Schools, Companies, Ministries, Establishments, and so on.
Why would a Corps Member change NYSC PPA?
There are many reasons a Corps member would want to change his/her PPA. It may be that he/she dislikes the location.
During my NYSC time, I was deployed to Abia state. After completing 21-day training in the Orientation camp, I was posted to a PPA in remote village; very far from town.
I had wanted to serve in a town, but ended up being posted to a village school. It was like a death sentence to me because no plan to stay in a remote village. Then I never knew I could change my PPA. To cut the story short, I wasted my whole one year in a remote village.
Best guide to change your NYSC PPA
Follow these tips to change your NYSC PPA:
1. Polite Negotiations
You need to negotiate with the boss at the PPA that you want to leave. Politely ask him/her to reject you. Once you got rejected, you would have your way to another PPA. Sometimes, polite negotiations may not work, especially if your PPA boss find you useful to them. For example, if you’re posted to a private school that lack a math teacher, and you studied mathematics related course, the proprietor of such school would not easily issue a rejection note.
Most companies, ministries and schools usually write to NYSC, requesting for a particular number of Corps members to serve in their establishments. Some of these employers wait earnestly for your arrival, and now you have showed up, they can do anything to keep you. So, your polite negotiations may even fail. But if you have enough reasons to help your request, you may be lucky.
According to a research, it’s very much easier to negotiate PPA ‘rejection’ with public schools than privates schools. This is because some public schools may not care if they lack teachers, since it’s the responsibility of the Government to provide teachers.
2. Complain To NYSC
Another way to change your PPA is to take your complaints to NYSC. You need to write NYSC letter of request to your Local Govt Inspector (LGI), Zonal Inspector (ZI) or to the state coordinator. The letter should be in form of a request letter to change your PPA. State the reasons you want to change your PPA. Since most PPA do not provide good accommodation, you can use that as a good point or tell NYSC that your life is in danger.
If you have other reasonable reasons, you can bring it up. I bet, if your reasons are good enough, they will post you to another PPA. So far, I have given you two gentle ways to change your PPA. However, there are other ‘tricky’ ways to go about it. The question is, can you act like Nollywood actors? I believe you can if occasion calls for it.
Trust me, if you can act the following tricks very well, you will get another PPA.
Now, let’s look at the tricks to change your PPA.
3. Display of Aggression
This can be hilarious, but believe me, it works. No employer would like to have an aggressive staff. Below is what you should do;
When reporting to your PPA for the very first time, pretend to aggressive. Flair up at every little statement made by the head of your PPA. Always rant and refuse to hear words.
When you meet your employer (head of your PPA) greet him like an angry man (don’t be friendly with him/her at all)
Let assume you were posted to a secondary school but you dislike and want to change the PPA.
Go to the Principal office and act:
You: (with an angry voice) Good morning!
Principal: good morning, how are you?
You: (No response)
Principal: Who are you or how may I help you?
You: My name is there (show him your posting letter) I’m posted to your fucking school.
Be aggressive to him. Tell him plainly that he must keep all the conditions stated on your posting letter, including providing good accommodation. With all your aggressive actions, even a desperate employer will reject and let you go even before you ask for it.
4. Act like a stammerer
Wow! This trick will surely work if you can act very well. You must have watched enough Nollywood Movies to know how to act. At the first time you report to your PPA with your posting letter, pretend to be a stammerer. Always be the first to greet the head of the school.
You: Goo gooo go gooood mor mor mmor morning
Principal: Good morning to you, how are you?
You: My ne ne name is Hum humm Humpheeeery
Remember you are a stammerer, so try to stammer with every word that proceed from your mouth.
Then, tell the Principal you would like to take an important subject like English or Mathematics.
I bet, the principal himself will help to make sure your rejection letter gets to your LGI.
Note: Be serious, and do not stammer more than usual before you burst into laugh. If laugh at yourself, the Principle might notice you’re pretending, and accept you anyway.
5. Act Jennifer
Hope you remember the TV series, ‘Jennifer’s diary? If you have not watched that movie, you seriously need to watch it because Jennifer’s skills is required for this particular trick.
So, the point is to speak bad English. Tell the principal something like, “I graduating from Madonna University last year, and like to teach English” … continue the conversation by mixing tenses and let your word pronunciation be like from another planet.
I’m sure no principal would like to use such graduate in his/her school.
6. Act like a naughty guy
Another way to get rejection from your PPA is to act or speak like a naughty boy. This method would, however, be suitable for only male Corps members.
The first day you report to your PPA, address the Principle with a word such as “guy”.
(You entered the Principal office)
You: guy how far (instead of saying “Good morning Sir”)
Then, at a point of conversation, tell the Principle, “I hope the v*gina of your female students are very sweet? Because I like soft and tight one for my regular press up,”.
Any female teacher or student that pass around, look at their buttock and lick your lip in admiration.
With this, I’m sure the Principle will reject and kick you out of his office.
Note: Once you get a rejection letter from you PPA, take the letter to your LGI, he/she will re post you to another place or you can find a PPA for yourself.
WARNING: It’s against the NYSC laws to induce your own rejection. This article is for education purpose only.
Asking your PPA boss to reject you because you don’t like the place is against the NYSC laws. Engaging in such act might attract a penalty.