WHAT IS THE NYSC PROGRAMME
Nigeria currently consists of 36 states and a federal capital teritory in Abuja. Nigeria boasts of more than 250 ethnic nationalities. In view of these the NYSC scheme ensures that as far as possible the youths are posted to states other than their states of origin and away from their geographical, ethnic and cultural background.
This NYSC posting strategy ensures national integration as the corps members learn lifestyles different from the ones they are used to. The NYSC scheme also instils discipline and the spirit of selfless service and self reliance on the youths that take part in the programme.
A typical NYSC year programme is divided into four phases. They are the NYSC orientation programme, pimary assignment, community development service(CDS) and winding-up programme.
The NYSC orientation programme takes place during the first three weeks of the service year. The orientation programme takes place simultaneously in special camps located in every state in Nigeria. During the NYSC orientation programme, corps members undergo a course comprising drills, physical exercises, lectures and leadership training.
The NYSC primary assignment and the community development service runs concurrently and follows the the orientation programme. During the primary assignment NYSC corps members are posted to diferent establishments were they are expected to work for the next 11 months.
The NYSC community development(CD) service is designed to help integrate the corps members with their host communities. NYSC corps members are encouraged to embark on CD projects. These CD projects help in developing host communities.
The NYSC winding-up and passing-out parade takes place in the last week of the service year. During the service year the NYSC corps member is paid a monthly allowance of 8500 naira($67).