Graduating from a Nigerian University as a Nigerian is a thing of joy but going for NYSC is the climax of joy. The National Youth Service Corp mobilization program is very important to the career of Nigerian Youths. So, you have to understand how to login to the NYSC portal to get to the dashboard and begin your 2020 mobilization registration.
NYSC is not just important for Nigerians in the country, it is also important for Nigerians studying abroad. It is one of the ways Nigerian citizens can prove their patriotism and love for their fatherland. For this reason, even Nigerians abroad return to the country to serve after their college education.
So, in this post, we will provide you all the information you need to know about the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). You will see when and why it was formed, what it entails, and how much it pays. You will also learn how to register at the NYSC portal and pay the necessary registration fee via Remita.
- Why was NYSC Created
- Why NYSC?
- What Do Nigerian Graduates Do in the NYSC Scheme?
- How Can I get Mobilized for NYSC?
- How Can I Check My NYSC Senate List?
- Who is Eligible for NYSC?
- How Can I Register for NYSC?
- How do I Pay for NYSC With Remita Pay Engine?
- NYSC Registration Guidelines
- NYSC Registration Guidelines for Foreign-Trained Nigerian Graduates
- What is the NYSC Call-Up Letter?
- When Does NYSC Commence Mobilization?
- How Much Does NYSC Pay Serving Corps Members?
- How Can I Relocate from Where I was Posted?
- NYSC Portal Login FAQs
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Why was NYSC Created?
Before we begin to explain about the NYSC portal and how to access the dashboard to register in 2020, let’s talk about the program. When did it start? Who started it? Why it was created?
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) program began in 1973 under the military regime of Gen. Yakubu Gowon. Decree No. 24 of 22nd May 1973 began the scheme with the plan of rebuilding the country. You see, this was after the bitter Nigerian Civil war, so there was a need to reunite the country.
NYSC then came about, “with a view to the proper encouragement and development of common ties among the youths of Nigeria and the promotion of national unity.” This is the aim of the NYSC scheme as stated by decree No. 24 and this aim binds the scheme to date.
However, this peacebuilding and unity which NYSC aims to achieve are specifically for youths, hence the name. If the youth of the country can stay united and appreciate their diverse background, maybe there will never come another civil war or threat to secession.
Therefore, the NYSC program hopes to infuse a spirit of selfless service to the community as well as foster oneness and brotherhood of all Nigerians in Nigerian youths. So, irrespective of cultural or social background, the youths of Nigeria can learn to live together and collaborate through the NYSC program.
While the idea behind NYSC is beautiful and workable, it is not enough to make Nigerian graduates forfeit a year after university education to live in a strange land.
Left to some, after graduation, one should get right into rewarding employment and begin earning. Yet, these lots don’t get the option to skip the one year of service and get employment because NYSC is compulsory for Nigerians.
The reason for this is that in Nigeria, to get rewarding jobs both in the public and private sectors, you need the NYSC discharge letter. The NYSC discharge letter is a certificate that NYSC gives you after successfully completing your year of serving Nigeria.
If you choose to skip the one year of serving your fatherland, you risk getting gainful employment. This is why students in Nigeria who hope to make a wonderful career would look forward to seeing their names in the NYSC mobilization list.
In some cases, however, the NYSC scheme still holds its true appeal. This is how you explain Nigerians who after studying abroad willingly come back to the country to serve. Also, there are lots of Nigerians burning with the passion to become leaders in various spheres of life and change the country. These ones too do not joke with the opportunity to serve.
Furthermore, NYSC has organized programs for the one-year service period that are too delicious to miss out on. The opportunity to visit a state you haven’t visited before, meet new people and make good friends. The joy of using your capacity to bring a positive change to people who need them. The engaging and exciting programs that make up the NYSC scheme… Certainly, there’s more to the scheme that will keep drawing students to it and sustaining its purpose.
What Do Nigerian Graduates Do in the NYSC Scheme?
Pictures of Nigerian Youths dressed in semi-military regalia flood social media almost every time of the year. Do you ever wonder what these youths do dressed that way? Is it all about the uniform?
It’s not just the uniform! There are four major activities of the NYSC that make up your service year. They are:
How Can I get Mobilized for NYSC?
The rush for NYSC is a serious one in Nigeria as it holds the fate of many Nigerian graduates. They need to complete the one-year service before they get credible jobs. However, you don’t just qualify for the NYSC program by the merit of completing post-secondary education in Nigeria or abroad.
First, you have to be eligible to partake in the NYSC scheme and next, you have to register to get mobilized.
Eligibility for the National Youth Service Corps is in two phases. One is the institution and the kind of program you applied for and the other is your age and status.
Not every higher institution in Nigeria is eligible to roll out its graduates for NYSC mobilization. For this reason, you should ensure to attend a school offering accredited full-time courses that would enable you to be eligible for the NYSC mobilization.
The question now is how will I know the university that is eligible to enroll its students for the NYSC scheme?
This is where the NYSC Senate Mobilization List comes into play. This is a list that shows the institutions in Nigeria that can roll out their students for the upcoming NYSC mobilization exercise.
How Can I Check My NYSC Senate List?
It would be good to be aware of the NYSC Mobilization senate list before taking up any undergraduate program in Nigerian Universities. Unfortunately, this is not the case in Nigeria. You hear the term “Senate List” for the first time when your graduation is close at hand.
If this is you, there’s nothing to worry about. Most public and private universities and colleges in Nigeria offering full-time undergraduate programs are in the NYSC Senate Mobilization list.
But to be double sure that NYSC enlists your university and your undergraduate program of study as eligible for the one-year service, you need to check the list yourself.
Here’s how to go about it.
You will notice that the “Check Senate List” option is only for Nigerian Students who are waiting for NYSC to call them for service.
If you wish to be proactive and find out whether the institution and program of your choice are enlisted as one of NYSC eligible institutions, you will need to click the “Accredited Institutions/Programmes” link at the bottom-right corner.
Who is Eligible for NYSC?
Now, even if your school and program are in the senate list for NYSC, you have to be eligible too.
So, what criteria must you meet to be eligible?
To be eligible for the compulsory one-year compulsory service as a Nigerian Youth, you must be a graduate below 30 years upon graduation.
If you are above 30 years on your year of graduation, you will receive the Certificate of Exemption, which is equivalent to the NYSC Discharge Letter.
However, if you graduated from the higher educational institution before the age of 30 (say, 22 years) and skip service, you will still be eligible to serve in the future irrespective of your age. It is for this reason that you will see people above 30 years giving free comic shows during parade rehearsals in NYSC orientation camp in the name of marching.
So long as you have no physical disability as a Nigerian youth, NYSC is compulsory for you. It is so compulsory that you can’t hold any notable position in the country without obtaining the NYSC discharge certificate.
Asides citizens with a disability, if you have served in the military or paramilitary for more than a year, you will also be exempted from service.
Meanwhile, Part-Time graduates (CEP) are not eligible to go for NYSC. However, they will receive an Exclusion Letter. This letter serves as a discharge certificate for them but it is lesser than a discharge certificate. Some employers would not employ graduates with an exemption letter.
How Can I Register for NYSC?
Now you know you are eligible for NYSC mobilization in 2020 and your institution has enlisted you in the senate list, what next?
Registration is the next step in your NYSC mobilization. You have to register for the one-year compulsory service before NYSC calls you up.
How do you go about this?
Every Nigerian graduate who wishes to go for the compulsory youth service in 2020 must register online at the NYSC Portal. You can do it yourself by logging into portal.nysc.org.ng but because part of the registration process involves biomedical and thumbprinting exercises, most graduates complete their registration with local cybercafes.
Meanwhile, the online registration at the NYSC portal dashboard requires you to create an account. To be able to create an account and login to the NYSC portal in 2020, you will need to follow the process below:
Whether you choose to login to the NYSC portal in 2020 by yourself or through a cybercafe, you will have to pay a registration fee of N2,965.68 with the Remita pay engine. This payment implies that you want to get alert by SMS when your call-up letter is ready and you would like to print it out online.
How do I Pay for NYSC With Remita Pay Engine?
When you’re ready to pay to complete your registration at the NYSC portal, here’s what you should do:
NYSC Registration Guidelines
Before you proceed with your NYSC registration, there are a couple of things you should know.
As a local student preparing to go for NYSC mobilization, you should know the following:
NYSC Registration Guidelines for Foreign-Trained Nigerian Graduates
Formerly, foreign-trained Nigerian graduates had to go to the NYSC Headquarters, Abuja to register for their service. Now, in 2020, they have to register online at the NYSC login portal with other local students.
However, Nigerian students who have received training abroad must meet certain academic requirements before you commence your NYSC registration. They must provide originals and photocopies of the following documents in preparation for NYSC mobilization in Nigeria:
What is the NYSC Call-Up Letter?
After you are done registering through the NYSC portal login, you will wait for a response from NYSC. The response, when it eventually comes, is the call-up and it comes as a letter.
The NYSC call-up letter is a letter that confirms that NYSC has enlisted you to serve for that particular year. It is a letter you receive with your breaths held because it contains the state you are deployed too – which may not be any of the choices you’ve made.
The NYSC call-up letter also contains your name; call-up number; gender; the university, polytechnic or college you graduated from; your state of origin; the day you’re to report to the state you were deployed to; the address of your orientation camp; etc. In fact, the NYSC Call-up letter is your identity before you finally receive the NYSC Identity Card.
It is what confirms that you have signed up for one year of national service. So, you will have to print it out before going to the NYSC orientation camp.
One very vital information in the call-up letter is the call-up number. This is much different from your certificate number. This number coins vital information like your deployment state, your undergraduate education higher institution, your year of service, etc.
So, when you have a call-up number like NYSC/BY/UNN/219/139218. it simply interprets as:
NYSC: National Youth Service Corps
BY: Bayelsa, which is the state you are posted to
UNN: The University of Nigeria, Nsukka where you graduated from
219: 2019, which is the year NYSC mobilized you for national service
139218: Your unique number.
When Does NYSC Commence Mobilization?
Sometimes, you hear people say, I need to clear all my papers and get my results ready so I can join Batch A. Yes, Batch A is the very first batch that NYSC mobilizes for a particular year.
Every year, NYSC takes in three batches of prospective corps members (PCM). These batches are batch A, B, and C. The Batch A usually takes place between February and March; the Batch B between May and July; and Batch C between August and November.
However, the NYSC calendar is prone to irregularities. It does not follow the schedule we have listed above all the time. Some years, there are just two batches, some years there are three. Also, for each batch, there could be more than one stream of PCMs going for service. Hence, the period of time for each batch will tend to stretch.
In 2019, the NYSC Batch A had their Post Mobilization Workshop between 8th to 10th of May. Batch B corps members began their NYSC orientation course on 19th June 2019 while Batch C stream II commenced their own orientation course on 28th November 2019.
Because the date of NYSC mobilization is not always accurate, there is a big need for you to always check what NYSC have on their Mobilization Timetable.
The 2020 NYSC online registration at the MYSC Login Portal has not started yet. You can expect it to begin in February 2020, but in the meantime, you can click the button below to view the NYSC Mobilization Time-Table for 2019 Batch B.
How Much Does NYSC Pay Serving Corps Members?
One of the reasons why graduates, current students, and professionals alike debate that NYSC isn’t worth it is because of the pay.
Presently, Corps Members are receiving N19,800 monthly as payment (allowance) for serving their fatherland. When it was increased to N19,800 from N9,775 by former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2011, it was only fair.
This is so because the Act that began the NYSC scheme provided that the scheme pay corps members an amount not lower than the minimum wage. As of 2011, the minimum wage in Nigeria was N18,000.
Now, in 2019, Nigeria’s minimum wage has increased to N30,000 and current corps members are still receiving N19,800.
The question on the lips of many is, When will NYSC allowee (the slang for NYSC allowance) increase to N30,000?
When Will NYSC Allowance Increase to N30,000?
Yes, the national minimum wage has increased to N30,000 and it is not out of place to ask for a corresponding increase in the allowance for corps members.
Is the government of Nigeria doing anything about this?
Yes, the government is looking into the increase of the corps member allowance in 2019. The minister of Finance, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed confirmed in May, according to Pulse.ng, that corps members will now receive the minimum wage at least.
However, the specific amount is not yet clear. According to the Finance Minister, the amount that corps members will receive could be a flat amount or a proportion, but surely an amount not lower than the new minimum wage of N30,000.
While May has given way to December and 2019 is melting into 2020, Corps Members are still waiting for the increase in their allowance.
NYSC may implement the increase in the beginning, middle, or end of 2020 or never. But it’s best to keep the hope alive, right?
How Can I Relocate from Where I was Posted?
Although the plan of NYSC is to take you to a place where you have never been to become a change agent and learn other cultures and ways of life of people, you can actually choose to serve at another place.
This is possible for only four reasons – Health, Marriage, Security, and DG Directives.
So, if you fall into any of these categories of reasons for redeployment, there are two ways to redeploy:
1. While at the Orientation Camp.
Whatever your reason for redeployment, you must obey the call-up letter once you receive it. Wherever it says you go for the NYSC orientation course, you go. However, once there, you can pick up a relocation form and fill to relocate to the location of your choice with evidence to back your reason for relocation. Hence, you will have to provide an application letter, a questionnaire that states particulars and reasons for your redeployment, and evidence of a reason to relocate. This evidence could be a marriage or health certificate based on your reason.
Online Through the NYSC Login Portal
The NYSC login portal is a vital tool to prospective and current corps members – on the dashboard, there are several things you can do.
One of the things you can do in 2020 on the NYSC login portal dashboard is redeployment.
To go about it, take the following steps:
- Visit http://portal.nysc.org.ng/nysc2/
- Log in with the email and password you used to open your NYSC account
- Click on “Relocation”
- Appropriately fill in your details in the provided fields on the portal.
- Wait to receive a notification either by SMS or email on your application status
- You’ll get a notification by SMS and email if NYSC approves your application.
How to Print and Pay for Redeployment Letter
The notification of acceptance of redeployment is more of a call to action than a notification. Once you get the notification, you would have to pay for and print the relocation letter.
NYSC grants relocation free of charge for any reason, but you would have to pay N1,000 as redeployment fee to print the NYSC redeployment letter.
Here’s how to go about the payment and printing of the NYSC redeployment letter.
- Visit http://portal.nysc.org.ng/nysc2/
- Log in with the details you used to open your NYSC account
- Look for and select “Manage Relocation”
- Proceed to make payment
- Print your payment receipt after making payment as evidence of payment in case there comes an unexpected issue in the future
- Select the option to print redeployment/relocation letter when you’re done printing your payment receipt
- Print the letter and make a copy
- Then take it to present at your new state of deployment.
NYSC Portal Login FAQs
How Can I register on the NYSC portal?
You can register on the NYSC portal by visiting. Once there, create an account, input your full names, provide the necessary requirements the portal asks of you, choose the institution and program you graduated from, and continue with the mobilization application process.
How Can I check my NYSC call up number?
To get your call up number, you will have to get your call-up letter. So, to get your call-up letter:
First, login to NYSC portal at https://portal.nysc.org.ng.
Click on “Login Here” to log in with the email you used during your online registration as well as your password.
Click on “Resume”.
Now on your dashboard, click on “Print Call Up Letter” to view your call up letter and see your call-up number.
How do I log into my NYSC portal?
To log into your NYSC portal, you must have created an NYSC account by registering for the first time. If you’ve done this you can log back into the NYSC portal by visiting https://portal.nysc.org.ng/nysc2/ and clicking the “Login Here” at the top right end of the page. Input your registered email address and password and you’re on the NYSC Portal dashboard.
How do I check my NYSC senate list?
To check your NYSC Senate list:
Visit the NYSC portal, scroll down and click on “Check Senate List or its equivalent.” Pick the Nigerian institution you are attending (or attended), type in your matriculation number, surname, and date of birth in the boxes and drop-down options available, and then click the search button to see if NYSC has mobilized you for the one-year service program.
How do I pay on the NYSC portal?
To make a payment on the NYSC portal, you will login to the portal with your right email address and password and then click on “Click here to make payment.” Proceed to make a payment with the Remitta Payment Engine and select either option A to pay with card or wallets, or option B to pay through a bank branch. Provide all you are asked and make your payment.
How do I print my NYSC green card?
To print your NYSC green card, visit portal.nysc.org.ng, log in with your accurate account details to be on dashboard. Once on the NYSC Portal dashboard, look through your basic details, search for the Print Slip button and click it. When you do this, you will get a preview of your NYSC Green Card. Click on the printer icon on the top right corner of the preview to print your green Card. If you choose to save it as PDF, click on the other small icon beside the print icon.
How do I apply for NYSC relocation?
You can apply for NYSC relocation at the orientation camp by filling a redeployment form, or you can apply online through the NYSC portal. To apply online for NYSC relocation, visit the NYSC portal and sign on “Relocation” and fill in your details appropriately into the fields provided. Wait for notification either by SMS or email to alert you on your application status.
What is the age limit for NYSC?
The age limit for NYSC is 30 years. You are not eligible to serve if you graduate from higher institution at 31 years and above, but if you graduate at an age lesser than 25 and didn’t serve after graduation, you can serve in the future at an age higher than 30.
Is NYSC compulsory in Nigeria?
Yes, NYSC is compulsory in NIgeria. It is the very foundation upon which graduates start and build their careers. Employers in the public sector and some in the private sector will not employ you without completing your one-year national service. You also will not be able to hold political positions in the country if you choose not to go for NYSC.
What are the requirements needed for NYSC registration?
Before you begin your NYSC registration, have a valid email address and get ready a strong password. You will also need to provide a valid phone number and information about your higher institution such as the name and the program you graduated from.
What is the NYSC Exclusion Letter?
The NYSC Exclusion Letter is issued to Nigerian students who are pursuing their part-time programs, Sandwich, Long Distance Learning and other non- full time programs for Students in Universities, Polytechnics and College of Education.
Is NYSC compulsory for foreign graduates?
Yes! NYSC is Compulsory for Foreign Graduates who wish to work in Nigeria. Just as a student who studied Law Abroad must attend law school in Nigeria for him/her to practice law in Nigeria. Thinking of escaping NYSC? try another means.
How many times does NYSC mobilize in a year?
NYSC Moblization in a year differs. It ranges from 5-6 Mobilizations per year. For the 2019 year, there were 6 Mobilizations against 5 for the 2018 year.
What is PPA in NYSC?
NYSC PPA is an acronym for Place of Primary Assignment. After the 3 weeks of NYSC camping, a corp member is posted to an area where his/her primary assignment will be to serve the government or the public in Community services, and ministries.
What grade do you need to apply for NYSC?
You don’t actually need a grade to be an NYSC memberbut you must graduate from a recognized The program is a vision that sees students showcase their abilty to serve their fatherland and not an academic affair.
What is the meaning of otondo?
Otondo is an NYSC slang for a new corper who just joined the 3 weeks camp. They are mocked with that slang by the Army trainers.
What does NYSC mobilization mean?
Mobilization is the process from the registration of a student to the period a student joins the 3 weeks orientation camp.
How long is NYSC in Nigeria?
The National youth Service Corps program is a one year program that starts with a three-week orientation camp after which corps members are sent to their place of primary assignment.
How do I get a NYSC exemption letter?
An Exemption Letter is issued to students who by law couldn’t participate in the NYSC scheme despite the fact that such a person attended a regular program in a University or Polytechnic program and graduated.
What is a green card in NYSC?
NYSC Green Card is a slip issued after successfully registering on NYSC portal. The card helps in clarifying that you’ve paid as well registered for the NYSC online registration for mobilization.
It is not enough to maintain good grades in the university, you should also learn how to apply for the one-year compulsory national service once you’ve graduated. Also, it is fair that you know whether your current program of study and the institution you’re studying at will make you eligible to participate in the NYSC scheme. By visiting the NYSC Login Portal in 2020, you will be able to do all of these as well as several other activities like printing your NYSC Call-up letter, green card, and even redeployment letter. We believe that you will find this post helpful in accomplishing all of these.
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