• What Every Youth Corper Should Know Before Leaving For NYSC Orientation Camp


    Last Updated on October 15, 2016 .

    It’s another service year, and we at CampusPortalNG are determined to make sure every prospective NYSC corps member is adequately prepared for the year long national assignment.

    We will begin this article with a brief introduction to the NYSC service year. The service year comprises of four (4) main segments in which every Corps Member must satisfactorily participate before he/she is qualified to be issued a certificate of National Service.

    They are;

    1. Orientation Courses.
    2. Primary Assignment.
    3. Community Development Service.
    4. Winding – Up / Passing – Out.

    The service year starts with the Orientation Course which is seen by many as the most important and enjoyable part of being a corper.

    The orientation course lasts for three (3) weeks with so many activities lined-up for the benefit of the new corps members (Otondos). It opens with a swearing-in / opening ceremony presided over by the executive Governor of various States or the FCT Minister, for those posted to the capital city, Abuja. The oath of Allegiance and the National Pledge are administered by the Chief Judge of the State / FCT.

    The orientation course content involves physical training, drills, lectures on the people and tradition of the host State, professional lectures for Corps health personnels, lawyers, teachers and Skill acquisition training e.t.c. Corps members participate in social activities designed to create opportunities for them to interact. They participate in dance and drama competitions, Miss NYSC and Mr Macho.

    They also participate in inter platoon competitions on football, volleyball, table tennis, cooking and sanitation. Corps members are also trained on Man ‘O’ War activities leading to competitions on inter platoon drills and tug of war.

    These activities culminates with the Place of Primary Assignment (PPA) posting for corps members at the end of the three weeks, with of course your first taste of “allowie” payment currently N19,800.00 only. This is when you can graduate from being an “Otondo” to “Ajuwaya”.

    Quick Tips and Advice For Youth Corpers Before Leaving For Orientation Camp:

    Below is an itemized 20 quick tips to enjoying your NYSC service year;

    1. There are washer men and women available at your disposal for mostly the Aje-butter children and those who do not want to stress themselves. I can proudly say I used them. Registration stops 12 midnight preceding swearing –in day.
    2. Never forget to wear your cap.
    3. You would be given your meal ticket. Never misplace it. I actually never used mine till end of camp.
    4. I never knew what otondos meant ==MUMU.
    5. Adjustment of clothes: You definitely have to adjust your khaki given, no one escapes this. Make sure you do this on time and also make sure you follow those tailors up if not you would be given flimsy excuses. Ensure you negotiate price for adjustment very well. They think you have money to waste.
    6. You would meet different types of human beings the crazy, spoilt, razz, dirty, complicated, stupid,… holy, party, drunk, beautiful, ugly, different tribes etc. Be open-minded and smile at someone. New friends! The truth of the matter is, you shouldn’t go through camp alone.
    7. Read your call up letter thoroughly both back and front.
    8. Just have enough t-shirts and shorts to wear throughout the week because some camps, the activities are time consuming leaving little or no time for you during the week till weekend.
    9. You will be fed three times a day in camp, but the food is barely edible. The kitchen is run by incredibly hard working women who are assisted by fellow otondos from different platoons assigned to the kitchen for each meal.
    10. If you are someone who loves to eat good food, or you don’t want to have the mammy feel, no problem just come loaded to camp with provisions. Like cereals and beverages, garri, biscuits etc. You should also hold extra cash to eat at the Mammy market, you will get good food there and won’t spend much to eat well, and the price however depends on the state to which you have been posted.
    11. There are places available where you can charge your batteries at the camp market.
    12. Always fetch water down for the next morning. You can be shocked that water supply might finish before it gets to your turn and that’s the end for you. As for drinking water you either bought pure water or bottled water; there was no free drinking water whatsoever.
    13. Ladies try not to go with heavy or synthetic hair to avoid excess heat and time to care for it. You could advisable make short hair to avoid heat and save time, I did a short hair which lasted me three weeks, braids is also advisable, don’t do lace wig or even fringe.
    14. Pocket Money: The question is “How much money do you really need for the NYSC Orientation Course, you will be paid a N1,500 allowance once you arrive the NYSC camp and also another one (first ALLAWI) after some days on camp. if you intend to drink and hang out at the Mami market, then you can take more money depending on how much you can finish, be wise though!
    15. Just be prepared to wait in line for EVERYTHING.
    16. The bathrooms and toilets are nothing to write home about. It is always dirty and terrible in fact if not careful disease could be contacted. Well some ladies don’t know about guys, had buckets for the sole purpose of relieving themselves with what I can call ‘pit bucket’.
    17. Do not dare the soldiers, some can be ruthless and you know they have authority to deal with you in name of discipline.
    18. Always switch your phones off or put them on silent while on parade ground. Just don’t bring it out, it could be seized and destroyed not minding if it’s a blackberry z10.
    19. The accommodation was something else. Rooms were jam-packed with little or no space to pass and walk freely. I had up to 60 roommates if not more. It was always stuffy, dirty and ventilation was poor.
    20. There are fellowships for Christians and Muslims. The 3 recognized associations are NCCF (NIGERIAN CHRISTAIN CORPERS FELLOWHIP), NACC (ANGLICAN) and MCAN (MUSLIM CORPERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA). But there were others like Redeemed, Winners, catholic, Christ embassy and deeper life. So you could make your choice. Also they have morning devotions and weekly service.

    Overall, the NYSC camp was fun and I met a lot of people and I can say it was worth it was well worth it. It is an experience every Nigerian should have. It was the best 3 weeks of my life.

    I will be here waiting to see you again with your comments and experiences on camp.

    Till then wishing you a successful NYSC YEAR. May you all go and come in peace and not in pieces.


    Extracts from: Evatese’s Blog

    1. Lvis De la Vega 4 years ago

      Add a comment…

    2. Tanx so much I realy lov your page.

    3. Busayo 4 years ago

      I love this page so much.infat am elited .kep it up.tanx u.

    4. Adam 4 years ago

      Busayo, are u really a graduate? You need to improve your grammer, pls.

    5. Glogee 4 years ago

      This is good.
      Am preparing for camp next month. And i intend to stick to these advices.
      Hey i hear a lot of ladies mess around with guys and even get to ‘do it’. iis this true? Cos i think its not worth it.

    6. Dan Hassan BUK 4 years ago

      May God guide us to witness our 2013 Batch B orientation 25th June-16th July well.Amin.

    7. Shafiu Ahmad 4 years ago

      Thank sisty for this great job I real appreciate it.

    8. Emerald 4 years ago

      Thanks for this wonderful advices.i know it will go a long way in helping me and others to groom our mind for the next nysc camp.thanks dear

    9. Offylena 4 years ago

      Thanks dearie u’r truly a saviour…God bless

    10. Vera Dominic 4 years ago

      I love dis page.


    12. Momoh victoria 4 years ago

      May God keep us alive to be part of this experience

    13. olabode 4 years ago

      This is Pertaining the #19,800 monthly allowance we were paid in camp, I would feel obliged if u could absolve dis discrepancies amidst we, guys coz myself and my guys are having differing and diversed deductions as regards the month we are actually being paid for in camp so as to be able to anticipate the likely and potential arrival of our next monthly allowance. we are 2013 batch B corp members and we resumed camping officially on 25th of June and passed out on 16th of july. We were successfully paid dis #19,800 and other miniscule payments in camp, bt we’re nt sure what month we were actually being paid for. Pls educate our ignorance nd dnt let us die ignorant…standing aside for your uttermost response

    14. Tunde 4 years ago

      I realy love ds page…

    15. Harun Salmat 4 years ago

      I thank you for your acknowlegment and for you to spare ur time in educating the upcoming corper may Allah bless u

    16. Ogu Lois uchechi 4 years ago

      I love what i read i ll like to be dere by next year 2014

    17. Yakub 3 years ago

      U realy try for this write up, it wil help most of us that dosn’t knw anything abt it b4. God bless u.

    18. mmuomaife uche chuks 3 years ago

      This will help me and all the otondos in this years’ service, thanks


    20. Leskye 3 years ago

      this site is nothing but the best…..
      I got all I needed

    21. temitope 3 years ago

      Kudos to you guyz for d information dat will assist we intending corpers.God bless you.2014 batch A corps by God grace.

    22. nwaiyo stanley 3 years ago

      actually,am a batch c 2013 corps member posted to niger state,power state.d peope in niger very hospitable and cost of living there is cheap,so my experiences in d camp were historic bcus is sometin dat is done once in human kind,d only tin i detest most in niger state is d constant sunrise and language barriers,d effect of communication there is notin to writ home about?

    23. mary 3 years ago

      Thank you very much. This will really help a lot of people. Keep it up.

    24. Oko Kelechukwu Ukeni 3 years ago

      Will they give some corpers the opportunity to cook for themselves?

    25. Eric Dion 3 years ago

      I appreciate your good information about the nysc service may God help you to obtain a good job.

    26. isaac onmonya 3 years ago

      I luv ur gist is encouraging.4 isolated minded.

    27. adeosun adedoyin 3 years ago

      Pls can some1 bring a 7 months old baby to camp?

    28. Jennifer 3 years ago

      Uhnnnn relieved now!tanks so much sis 4d write up nd advice,God bless u greatly,gud work nd lovable hubby,is what God will use 2supriz u ijn,well am actually goin dis year,march 11!can’t wait cos am tired of sitng@home.so where are my fellow otondo’s,if ure here let’s chat(26a831d1)nd 4dose complaing abt her grammer!u be mumu,shey na grammer u wan chop,abi d in4matn attached 2it,better tink b4 comentn!xpecaially adam or watever,May God kip us all ijn,love u all.nid more info tho

    29. Adewale omowumi 3 years ago

      Tnks, u realy make tins very easy 4 us….. Wia are ds otondos wont u doff ur cap 4 ds guy……

    30. chinny 3 years ago

      nice1 dearie,am actually going with batch A 2014,,tanks for the advice……cant wait to b an otondo*coversface

    31. benosky 3 years ago

      Babe u just sorted me out. I was apprehended by fear of how d experience would b like from 11th march 2 1st April 2014. Thanks a lot. I feel ur xperience with u 2 have kept d memories 4 God knows how long n dcidn 2 pass it on.

    32. Lizzy 3 years ago

      Wow,l love dis.Am a little bit releaved but d prob is dt am married and rite nw am pregnant don’t knw ow d camp is going 2 be 4 me..don’t knw ow fast dy redeploy.thks

    33. Everistus 3 years ago

      Is good to know. Wise enough at the right time.

    34. jk 3 years ago

      A unique write up.

    35. Ovieles 3 years ago

      Tnx for this info. Mine Is Batch ‘B’

    36. dedon 3 years ago

      Splendid,u jst said it all tough m alrdy don wit nysc since 2012

    37. Patrick Ezeh 3 years ago

      Wow! this is awesome. kudos to JAMB

    38. Mr White 3 years ago

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    39. tukur haruna 3 years ago

      tanks im very happy to complet this training

    40. Ex-Corper Michael Elese 3 years ago

      NYSC orientation camp, that was where I learnt how to birth three times with a(1) bucket of water. i.e, scarcity of water

    41. mma 3 years ago

      Thanks for d heads up. Av been seeking for ds info for som while nw

    42. Jp World 3 years ago

      Nna e, I luv dis write up. Am a batch B corper n I’m working towards serving @ IMO state, any lke me CN Holla me @ 33229035

    43. ayobami 3 years ago

      is it possible to leave camp if your already working??

    44. Deeny 3 years ago

      Thank you so much for taking out your time to address this subject very fluent,only God can bless u without any failure.Big thanks to the developers of this site and every other individuals who take time to donate stuffs to the page.

    45. Nwakaego ezeh 3 years ago

      Tanx4ds information u are bless!

    46. Omotola 3 years ago

      Please they made mistake with my jamb registration number nd by so doing i didnt have a call up number yet, please is it possible for me to receive call up letter, because i was told dat they have return it for correction immediately.

    47. opeyemi 3 years ago

      Thanks for the information I will very helpful for me. But pls is there ATM in the camp site?
      Best regard

    48. victor ikot 3 years ago

      pls, bathroom and toilet should kept clean to avoid contamination of disease. Hw ‘ll someone keep his or her property save? Lastly i like to comment on d effort of nysc Director, kudos to him. God bless nigerian corpers especially batch b 2014.

    49. CHIBUGO OLIVIA 3 years ago

      This page gave me more than enough cos I will be entering CAMP on 5th Aug. Am among the 2014 batch B. I like Ur page.

    50. Tasie isaac chijioke 3 years ago

      Wooooh! I like this experience

    51. Tasie isaac chijioke 3 years ago

      Wooooh! I like this experience. I will be there on November 2014. Thanks for this info.

    52. Aminu Dalhatu 3 years ago

      tnx dear, am going wit batch B 2014. u;ve made tynx easier 4 mee. cnt waitOooo..COPPER SHAUN!!!!

    53. ifeanyi 3 years ago

      thank you for the good words of advice. I will be going for service by Nov 2014 , which government organisation is the best to carry out ppa in akwa ibom state. I need all the info I can get. here is my pin for any intending corper so we could talk more 750E63BB

    54. Mary 3 years ago

      thanks for d information. really helpful.

    55. michael 3 years ago

      thanks for the info highly appreciated. my fellow otondos kindly link me let relate better 799586A3

    56. Danachuks 3 years ago

      …plz, I’ll lik 2 knw ,,, hw NYSC split prospective corp members 2 various states in Nigeria. Is dia any criterial 2wards d@ ? Thou , during d online registration , de askd states U’ve visited .. I’ll lik 2 knw d secret behind d posting,coz most corpers try in 1 way or d oda 2 influence dia state of choice , bt it seems nt clickin diz days … Y ?

    57. THEOHEAT 3 years ago

      This is very helpful am so so glad i got this info from this page… Keep up d good work.

    58. misbaudeen 3 years ago

      hw av alyz lovd 2,bt alys paininme am runing a dlc program..missing thz,alyz felt lyk crying..btlordbless us all

    59. Demmie 2 years ago

      I’m starting my orientation with batch C 2014. I heard we’ll not be allowed to leave camp at all during the 3 weeks period. Please how true is this?

    60. basil 2 years ago

      I jst graduated nd ,hopefully, i’ld be serving nxt yr. Thanks for de info

    61. michael 2 years ago

      I’m disappointed at you guys… When othe blogs that are not into education have finished sensitizing us about NYSC for a long time, then you guys that are into education stuffs decided 2 neglect and come up with this article today. How is this suPposed 2 help? Your timing is poor and for the first time, I’m not happy. Nice article though but seen it before.

      • CampusPortalNGStaff2 2 years ago

        Did you see the publication date on the article? It was just re-shared on social media. Pleased be informed before criticizing. Thanks

    62. suleman lema 2 years ago

      thank you toward your contribution,we are great.

    63. Ikape Simon 2 years ago

      Thanks alot, i like this guid and advice, they are going to help me alot.

    64. daniel Teino 2 years ago

      Life on camp was a great one for me, it is some thing can’t explain to some one if not witness yourself. there is a proverb that says, seen is believing that is u can;t believe wot u dnt see yourself. further more on the last day to vacate from kubwa annoyed me bcs like the fun mostly with all our Nigeria Army, jesting together and taking pictures with them.

    65. daniel Teino 2 years ago

      I so much impress with life on camp.imagine u will be on line to collect food.

    66. HEZEKIAH EMMANUEL 2 years ago


    67. DIEBAL PIUS DIEMUK 2 years ago

      I am a graduat of L ibrary Science from UNIMAID. most of my mates are on Industry assignment now, My problem now is that does of us who coould not go to camp becouse of aur ages are not imformed about our Examtion Letters.

    68. Alexandra 2 years ago

      Ds is such an eye opener. Tnx a lot.

    69. orji scholastica 2 years ago

      NACC is national association of catholic corp member. Not anglican

    70. Princess ike 2 years ago

      U over tried oh.i feel so relieved and prepared.tnk u very much

    71. White 2 years ago

      Pls o what colour of passport to snap. I hear of White background and also hear of NYSC logo snap. And pls o i wanted to pack all my items needed for the service. Thanks.

    72. alaoma bridget chinonso 3 months ago

      Nice one, please keep it up. When is the second stream batch b 2017 leaving ?

    73. OGBAJI ALFRED 2 weeks ago

      This info will really help most of the ignorant students aspiring and warming up 4 their youth service.Many potential corps members would cherish and appreciate this,I hope to be there in 2020

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