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NYSC Abbreviations and their Meanings (Acronym and Slangs)

Like other agencies in Nigeria, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has interesting acronyms and slangs. In this post, we shall show look into the NYSC abbreviations and their meanings.


NYSC abbreviations and their meanings

Below are the NYSC abbreviations and their meanings;

NYSC – means the National Youth Service Corps. It’s a program set up by the government of Nigerian during the Military Regime. The primary aim for creating the program was to involve the Nigerian graduates in Nation building and the development of the Country.

Corps member – this is a member of the National Youth Service Corps.

AI – this means Area Inspector. He/she is in charge of the NYSC in a given area.

Allowee – this means Allowance. This is monthly stipend paid to Corps members’. The current NYSC allowance is fixed at N33,000. In addition, corps members also receive State allowance and PPA allowance which varies from States. Check NYSC allowance for all States in Nigeria.

Book of Life: this isan important book that contain details of all Corps members who registered in Orientation camp. Every Corps member in camp ought to sign this book before leaving the camp.

PCM – this means Prospective Corps Member. It’s someone who wants to become a member of the National Youth Service Corps.

Call-up Letter – this letter is being sent to a PCM by the NYSC management after online registration. This letter serves as an evidence that you have been called for service. See sample of NYSC Call up letter.

Call-up Number Рthis is a unique number that NYSC assigned to every prospective corps member who registered for the scheme. See how NYSC call up number look like.

Camp Director – he or she is the head of camp officials in charge of camp activities.

CC Рthis means Camp Commandant. A soldier who has the highest rank in camp. He is incharge of parade, training, security and other activities in the NYSC camp.

CDS – this means Community Development Service. This is a project that corps members execute toward developing their host communities. CDS meeting is done once every week, usually on Thursdays. See list of award winning personal CDS project.

CDS Card – this is an official card signed by the NYSC officer in a given Local Government with a passport photograph attached to it after the last CDS meeting.

Clearance – this is a monthly clearance to prove that Corps members have not absconded from service.

CLO – this means Corps Liaison Officer. He/she is the head Corps member in charge of all Corps members in a given local government area.

CM – this means Corps Member. A serving member of the National Youth Service Corps.

Corper – this is a short way of saying Corps member.

Corper wee – this means “Corper we” a phrase to draw attention of Corpers and ginger their high morals to serve. Corpers’ response is “waaa” which means one.

DEC РDeputy Editor in Chief of NYSC magazine team.

Decamp – to expel a corps member or send them away from camp because they committed an offense.

DG – this means Director-General. This is an army officer who is the overall head of the National Youth Service Corps. See NYSC DG profile and his salary.

Domicile Letter  letter from a husband to NYSC applying for redeployment of his wife to his state of residence stating clearly his home address. Check out sample of domicile letter.

Double Up – a military slang that soldiers often use in camp to tell corps members to run very fast.

Exco¬†– Executive Council Officers of corps members’ CDS group.

Ghost corper corper that don’t participate in activities yet he/she collects monthly allowance and other benefits as though he is serving. See how to become a ghost Corper.

Green card – this is a registration slip that prospective corps members print out after successful online registration. See Green card sample.

LGA¬†–¬†Local Government Area.

LGI – Local Government Inspector. This is an NYSC official who supervises Corps members posted to a certain Local Government Area.

LI – Local Inspector. Same as Local Government Inspector. He/she is in charge of the scheme in a given local government area.

Mami market – A market inside NYSC orientation camp.

NYSC РNational Youth Service Corps.

Nyscinfo – this is a website that inform Corps members and prospective corps members the happenings in NYSC.

OBS – Orientation Broadcasting Station. This is a radio station within the NYSC Orientation camp. They inform and entertain Corps members in camp.

Otondo – the origin or the actual meaning of this word is not yet known. However, Soldiers in NYSC camp usually call new Corps members “otondo”, especially when they make a mistake.

Parade Commender Рa Corps member who lead all the platoons during parade.

Passing Out or Winding Up – this is when Corps members have finished theit serving year. See requirements for NYSC POP.

Platoon – a group of Corps members in NYSC Orientation Camp. There are platoon 1 to 10.

Platoon Commander – a Corps member leading a platoon during parade.

Platoon Inspector – a camp official in charge of a platoon in orientation camp.

Platoon leader – a Corps member who assist the platoon inspector for platoon activities.

POPPassing Out Parade: This is a final and mandatory parade for passing out corps members. It is done on the Passing Out day.

Posting letter Рthis letter contain details of where a Corps member is posted for his/her PPA. See how to print NYSC PPA online.

PPA – Place of Primary Assignment: This is an organization where corps members are posted to work after Orientation camp course. See how to change NYSC PPA.

PRO РPublic Relation Officer.

PV – Payment Voucher: It’s a document that Corps members sign before they recieve allowance for that month.

Remobilization – this is online registration for Corps members who are de-camped or absconded from service.

Revalidation Рanother opportunity to go for NYSC which is given to PCM who registered previously but failed to go to camp after printing call-up letter. Check out how to do NYSC Revalidation.

SAED РSkills Acquisitions and Entrepreneurial Development: This is a programme for Corps members to learn new beneficial skills during their service year.

Senate list РList of graduates eligible to register for NYSC. See how to check your name on Senate list.

ST РState coordinator: He/she is the head of NYSC at the state level.

State code Рthis is the official state identification number given to all Corps members after registration in camp.

ZI – Zonal Inspector. He/she is in charge of NYSC in a given zone.

If you think the NYSC abbreviations above are not complete, you can add your own in the comment section below.

Source: Nyscinfo

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  1. Dimkpa Dimkpa Esuku


    Head Of Corpers (HOC) he/she is incharge of corps members in a particular/given Place of Primary Assignment (PPA), he/she communicate/relate with the CLO, by calling CLO Attension over corpers challenges and welfare in a given PPA, then CLO take it to LGI,Thanks.

  2. Musa Abubakar Sani


    SD sports director a corps member who assist the platoon officer in carrying sports activities in the camp.

    DS Director of social same as sports director but help in carrying social activities of a platoon.

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