The NYSC scheme is a one year mandatory programme setup by the Nigerian government in a bid to promote unity across its states. After successfully checking the NYSC senate list for your name, you can then proceed to register for the next batch of NYSC.
However, in this post, I’ll be sharing some important NYSC terms which every prospective corps member (PCM) must know.
Meaning of Ajuwaya – It is a slang for Corpers, formed in pidgin from “As you were” (A military term that is the equivalent of “at ease”, the opposite of “attention” or “alert”)
Otondo – This means JJC. Otondo is used to describe new corpers.
Meaning of White Fowl – This slang is used in orientation camps to describe new corpers who are dressed in white shirts and shorts.
Meaning of Corper Wee – A slang used to hail corper, the response is “Corper wee = Wa! We – Wa! Corper wee o… Wa ooo…! Morale – High!
Meaning of Corper Shun – A slang used to hail corpers.
1. State co-ordinator: This is the overall head of NYSC in a state. he/she is in charge of all NYSC affair in the state.
2. Zonal Inspector (ZI): he/she is in charge of the corps members posted to his/her zone. A zone consists of some LGs.
3. Local government inspector (LI): he/she is in charge of the corps members posted to his/her local government.
4. Place of Primary Assignment (PPA): this is where a corps member is being posted to for the service year after the orientation camp. You can either be rejected or accepted. If you are rejected the LI has the power to repost you to another PPA within the local government.
5. Community Development Service (CDS): This is a weekly activity engaged in by corps members to develop the community where they are serving. There are several forms of CDs group which includes; Education, Environmental, Legal Aid, Charity, Education, etc.
6. Personal CDS: this is a project in which a corps member engage in to develop the community where he/she is serving. If you do it well you may end up getting a state award or even a National award which guarantee automatic employment after your service.
Also Read: Address of ALL NYSC Orientation Camps in Nigeria
7. Seven Over Seven (7/7): this implies dressing in full NYSC attire; the cap, crested vest, khaki shirt, belt, khaki trouser, socks and jungle boot.
8. Payment Voucher (PV): This is signed every month by all corps members for the payment of the month’s allawee. The pre-requisite for signing this is the clearance from the PPA and CDS attendance.
9. Family house: this is a setting/lodge that has been organized by the religious bodies like MCAN,NCCF and NACC.
10. Passing out parrade (POP): this is done for corp members after the service year. It is usually done at the state capital but has now been decentralized to zones supposedly for security reasons.
11. Alawee: This is your monthly allowance from the government.
12. Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development SAED: A program set up by government to provide skills to corpers enabling them to start businesses after service.
13. Book of Life: It is a real, huge book signed in camp by all corpers.
14. Corps Liaison Officer (CLO) – The “head corper” of your Local Government Area.
Also Read: See how much state pays NYSC corper