Best 10 States In Nigeria For NYSC Members

In this article, you’ll discover the best 10 states in Nigeria for NYSC members. Every state in Nigeria is wonderful, unique and best in its own way, but we’ll be looking at the best amongst all of them for National Youth Service.

Both Corps member and Prospective Corps members will find this post useful, as one of their most frequently asked questions is about to be answered.

Recall that in our posts, we revealed the NYSC state allowance for all states in Nigeria, this time around, we shall be looking into ‘top 10 best states in Nigeria for NYSC members.

During the NYSC online registration, Prospective Corps Members are required to select 4 states of their choices, therefore, knowing the best states among the 36 states and FCT will be of immense help to them, as that would enable them to choose the best among ‘equal’.

If you are serving already, there is a chance that the state you are is among those listed on this page.

Just before I show you the best 10 states in Nigeria to serve as NYSC member, I would like to categorically say that all states are good, there is no bad state!

Top 10 Best States In Nigeria For NYSC Members

1. Lagos State

Lagos state is inarguable the best state to serve in Nigeria as a Corps Member. Lagos being the former capital of Nigeria has a lot of opportunities one can tap. The standard of living in Lagos state is absolutely normal, there is no security threat, the state government pays up to N15,000 as state allowance to Corps Members posted to Lagos which makes Lagos to be among the best paying states. Also, Lagos is being regarded as land of opportunity because of availability of innumerable opportunities such job, business, career, connection, education and many others. Another good thing about doing NYSC in Lagos is the exposure, and thousands of recruiting company where you you can submit you CV after your service year. There is a saying that anything you do in Lagos and do it well, you will make money from it.

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2. Abuja FCT

Abuja is the second in the list. Abuja is the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria, although the cost of living may be high in the state, but you will enjoy the place. There is nothing like state allowance in Abuja but most of the private companies in Abuja pay very big to corps members serving in their establishment which is may be higher than the state allowance. There are also many job opportunities in Abuja for graduates, and every nook and cranny is developed with no security threat.

3. Kano State

This is the only state in the Northern Nigeria that made it in the list. Although, many Corps Members do not like serving in North because of fragile security in the region. But Kano state is very good, it is state you will enjoy to live in if you finally land there. Things are very cheap in Kano, making it  a dream state for NYSC members, since the NYSC allowance is too small. In Kano you can save most of your allowances. Most people who serve in Kano state claim that Kano is better than Abuja and Akwa Ibom. Maybe you can give it a try.

4. Ogun State

Ogun state is among the best states to serve in Nigeria. If you ask people who served in Ogun, they will tell you good the state is. Just like Lagos and Abuja, Ogun also has many Opportunities. You will enjoy Ogun if you are posted there.

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5. Plateau State

Plateau 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.

6. Akwa Ibom State

Akwa Ibom is one serve you will fall in love with if you serve there. State allowances for Corps Members are OK to compare with other states; there was even a time state allowance in Akwa-Ibom was N20,000 plus N19,800 you will receive from Federal Government making a total of N39,800. Though, the state allowance in Akwa Ibom is not up to that due to change in government but the state is still paying high to Corpers.

CHECK OUT: NYSC State allowance for all states in Nigeria.

7. Enugu State

Enugu state cannot be left out from the list. The name Enugu is derived from an Igbo word ‘Enu-Ugwu’ meaning the top of a hill. This is because the state is located on the top of hill. Enugu is a very peacefully state and the people in the state are very kind to strangers, the state allowance was very high before until the change in government. If you lucky to serve in Enugu capital or town, I bet you would never want to go back to your home state again. are serving in Enugu just know that you are safe.

8. Rivers State

Rivers state is among the best state in Nigeria for your NYSC. Those that have served in Rivers will testify that Rivers state worth to be mentioned on this list. If you serve in state Capital, Port harcut, there is a chance you end up serving in one of the numerous big companies. There are also many oil companies in Rivers state.

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9. Cross River State

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

10. Osun State

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

  1.  Oh! We said 10 best state, but if am permitted to make it 11, I will include Anambra State. Currently, Corpers serving in Anambra state are among the highest paid state allowance which very important to acknowledge the state for. Anambra, keep it up!

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

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

Additional Note: No state is bad, what we just listed is the best. No matter where you are posted to, you can make the best out of the state.


Best 10 States To Serve In Nigeria as NYSC Member

  1. Lagos state
  2. Abuja FCT
  3. Kano
  4. Ogun
  5. Plateau
  6. Akwa Ibom
  7. Enugu
  8. Rivers
  9. Cross River
  10. Osun

Updated: June 7, 2019 — 9:26 am

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  1. 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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