Best 10 States for NYSC and how much they pay (2020)

When it comes to National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), there is always the best States. So, in this article, we shall look at the best 10 states for NYSC and how much they pay Corps members.

Kindly note that every State in Nigeria is wonderful, unique and best in its own way. What we are actually looking at are the best 10 states in Nigeria in terms of NYSC.

This topic is necessary because every year graduates search for the best States to do their NYSC. Therefore, this post is timely as it will help them determine which States are best for them.

In our previous post, we talked about NYSC State allowance for all states in Nigeria. Please, try to read it if you have not read it before. Also, you can check out the NYSC allowance for medical doctors and other corpers in health related field.

Please, be informed that during the NYSC online registration, Prospective Corps Members (PCMs) will be required to select four (4) states of their choice.

Therefore, knowing the best States among the 36 States and FCT will help you in making your choice. Now, let’s go straight to the important.

Best 10 States for NYSC: See how much they pay

Below are the best 10 states in Nigeria for National Youth Service Corps;

1. Lagos State

It is inarguable that Lagos State is the best State to do your NYSC in Nigeria, and it happens to be the former capital of Nigeria. The State has a lot of opportunities that Corpers can tap from. Also, the standard of living in Lagos state is normal and there is no security threat in the State for strangers.

Lagos is a land of opportunities, in the sense that there are lots of opportunities for young graduates. And there are many recruiting companies to submit your CV.

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State Allowance: The Lagos state government pays between N10,000 and N15,000 as state allowance to Corps Members posted to Lagos.

2. Abuja FCT

The second on the list of best states for NYSC in Nigeria. Abuja is the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria. Although, the cost of living in Abuja is high but it is still a place you will enjoy.

There are also many job opportunities in Abuja for Nigerian graduates. And every nook and cranny is developed with no security threat.

State Allowance: Abuja does not pay state allowance but most of the private companies in Abuja pay high amount to corps members.

3. Kano State

This state worthy to be mentioned on this list. Although, many Corps Members dislike serving in North because of fragile security in the region. But Kano is exception. Kano state is very good, it is a state you will enjoy living in if you find yourself there.

Things are very cheap in Kano, making it an ideal state for all Corpers as they can save most of their allowance.

Most people that have served in Kano state claim the state is even better than Abuja and Akwa Ibom.

State Allowance: Kano state pay N4,000 as state allowance to Corps members serving in the state.

4. Ogun State

If you miss Lagos, don’t miss Ogun. The State shares borders with Lagos state, and it is among the best states to do your NYSC in Nigeria. If you ask people who served in Ogun, they will tell you how good the States is. In fact from Ogun to Lagos is about N250 for transportation.

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Just like Lagos and Abuja, Ogun also has many opportunities for young graduates.

State Allowance: Ogun state pays N0.00 to Corps members serving in the State.

5. Plateau State

This is also among the best place to do your NYSC. You will live large and still have your savings. The standard of living in Plateau state is normal. You can also get things very cheap in Plateau.

If you are lucky enough to serve in the capital ‘Jos’, you might forget you home state forever because of too many goodies.

State allowance: The Corps members’s state allowance in plateau State stood at N0.00.

6. Akwa Ibom State

This is one State in Nigeria that many people desire to do their NYSC. If you serve in Akwa you will definitely fall in love with the place.

Akwa Ibom State pays state allowances to Corps members posted in the state.

State allowance: There was a time, the state allowance in Akwa-Ibom was N20,000. But now it is N5000, who knows if it will increase again.

7. Enugu State

This State cannot be left out from the list. The name Enugu is derived from an Igbo word ‘Enu-Ugwu’ meaning mountain top. This is because the state is on the top of a hill.

Enugu is a peacefully state, and the people in the state are very kind to strangers. If you are lucky to serve in Enugu capital or town, I bet you would never want to go back to your home state again. Enugu is the home of our NYSC info admin, Humphrey. You can connect with him if you find yourself in that State.

State allowance: Currently, Enugu pays N1000 to Corps members posted to towns, and N3500 to those posted to villages.

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8. Rivers State

This is among the best state in Nigeria for NYSC. People that served in Rivers can testify that Rivers State worth to be mentioned on this list. If you serve in the State Capital, Port Harcourt, you might end up serving in a big oil company.

State allowance: River state pays N15,000 to Corps member posted in the state.

9. Cross River State

Calabar is the capital city of Cross River. Just like Rivers, Cross River is also an oil rich state with so many opportunities. You won’t regret serving in Cross River state.

State allowance: The NYSC State allowance in Cross River state is N0.00.

10. Osun State

The list will not be complete if we do not mention Osun State. Osun is one of the best states for NYSC. The state is good, peaceful, good electricity, and can turn your dream to reality.

State allowance: The Corps members’ State allowance in Osun is N5,000.

11.  Anambra State

This State is another state you would like to serve. Corpers serving in Anambra state are among the highest paid in Nigeria.

State allowance: Anambra state Government pays Corpers up to N8,500, as state allowance. This makes Anambra one of the states in Nigeria that pay highest state allowee to Corpers.

Note: Our ranking of the top 10 best state for NYSC in Nigeria is based on the following factors.

  • Infrastructure
  • State Allowances
  • Job Opportunities
  • Exposure
  • Activities
  • Security
  • Corpers’ Testimonies

Note: Every state is good. We only listed the best. So, no matter where you are posted to, you can still make the best out of the state.

Updated: February 10, 2020 — 9:11 am

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Humphery is a seasoned internet entrepreneur and a life coach. He has been the Nyscinfo ambassador since 2017. He is knowledgeable enough to guide you. Keep following this website for updates, we love you!


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  1. Do to school delay and the covid19 pandemic affected my date of birth now how do I do

  2. Pls I need update on when Batch B will be posted

  3. What is the current news for NYSC 2020 corps members

  4. Have a different date of birth with that of the school own, is there any possibility of getting disqualified while registering. And another question that looks almost the same, is that will it be possible to use a different name with prefix in the institution while the bvn is not having prefix?

    1. No, problem they won’t disqualify you

      1. Include Bayelsa in your next publication. Bayelsa state government pays as follows;

        Medical doctors 1million
        Lawyers 1million

        Nurse 450k

        Med lab 250k


        State capital 5k×12
        Villages without water 8k×12
        Across river 10×12

        Paid a week to the POP.

        08090665865 call me for more detail… Ex Bayelsa corps member

  5. Please I wounld want to know the consequences of using two different age when during registration in camp (say age in Waec exceed 30 but below in jamb regularisation). Thanks

  6. How can I pay for callup letter

  7. Pls can someone choose a state twice.
    Like for instance in jamb u can choose a school as first and second choice.

    Secondly if u school in rivers for instance, will u still have the opportunity to serve there or they must post u outside the State?

    1. You cannot choose a state twice.
      They will post you outside the state of institution but it possible to serve in the state of institution.

  8. Victoria edet effiong

    Pls how will I know that Senate has released my name for nysc.

      1. Please after revalidation will I still be posted to the previous state I was posted to or it will change.

  9. Victoria edet effiong

    Pls which month batch A is leaving for service? Pls and how will I know that my name is out for nysc.

    1. Relax, we will inform you in due time

  10. Please has batch c 2019 nysc documentation closed?

  11. Please when is batch A NYSC 2020 going

  12. I did my regularization and got the latter from jamb on 31 may and yet to submit it to school ……
    Hope there is no cause for alarm
    Since am yet to submit it to school

    1. Better submit it to your school as soon as possible

  13. Please, my DATE OF BIRTH on my JAMB is different from that in my SCHOOL.

    I didn’t age declaration but my school didn’t honor it, they used date on my wace certificate, but date on my jamb is my declaration age. And now my name is mobilized in my school, and I don’t know which date of birth they are using. Please what should I do?

    1. Provided none of the age exceed 30, there’s nothing to worry about.

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