6 NYSC challenges every youth corps member will remember forever

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The National Youth Service Corp, (NYSC) is always welcomed with mixed feelings by all Nigerian graduates. Some feel it’s a perfect waste of time, some see it as a scam and sham, some feel its a good way to know more about your country. But no matter you believe of this one year mandatory service, there are some aspects which will stick in your memory forever (though if you a ghost corper, this article is not for you).

Let’s go into this Fabinfos list of the top 6 NYSC challenges every youth corps member will remember forever.

Posting tension

This is the first of many challenges faced by youth corps members in Nigeria. The fear of an unknown destination is one that prospective corp members usually have to grapple with.

Even if your uncle is friends with the director-general, there are times when you wonder what would happen if you’re posted to a remote town.

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While some cherish the chance to explore a new culture, others dread having to go far away from home.

Camp activities and morning drills

From registration to the 4am morning drills, the 3-week orientation exercise can be a nightmarish experience for corp members.

Daily lectures which are intended to educate and expose corp members to entreprenurial opportunities, could drag on for hours, such that corp members often get distracted and begin to dream of lunch time.

PPA (a.k.a Primary place of assignment)

While a few youth corp members are spared of this challenge , those affected can testify to the difficulty in securing an organisation to work with for the service year.

Many youth corp members eventually resign to fate and settle with becoming a teacher for the mandatory one year scheme.

Monthly clearance

This is a monthly NYSC ritual and anyone that has passed through the scheme would understand how tiring the process can be.

Getting the monthly clearance done is most often in four stages.

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Before a youth corper can get paid their monthly allowance, they first have to submit a clearance letter for signing, carry out thumb printing, write down account details and eventually submit the files and await bank alerts.

This process, despite being seemingly straightforward, is the true definition of “easier said than done”.


For those who get posted to states outside their states of residence, accommodation can be a big problem.
Getting a comfortable place on a corper’s salary can be a bit challenging.


Walking on the streets in your NYSC uniform has its rewards — catcalls.
Ladies in particular, can relate to this.

You’ll have to decide whether to ignore or acknowledge “corper”, “Otondo” and every other nickname Nigerians have coined for corp members, over the years.

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