www.nysc.gov.ng | National Youth Service Corps : NYSC News

National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) is one of the most popular federal government agencies in Nigeria. Their main role is to organise a National Service programme for Nigerian graduates with the aim to promote national unity and the development of the country.

www.nysc.gov.ng | National Youth Service Corps : NYSC News

On this page, you will see everything you need to know about NYSC; about, history, mandate/act, objectives/roles, current leadership, departments, and units.


About NYSC

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) is a program set up by the Nigerian government to involve Nigerian graduates in nation-building and the development of the country. There is no military conscription in Nigeria, but since 1973 graduates of universities and later polytechnics have been required to take part in the National Youth Service Corps program for one year. This is known as the national service year. Ahmadu Ali served as the first Director-General of the NYSC until 1975. The incumbent Director-General is Shuaibu Ibrahim.

Major General Suleiman Kazaure was appointed director-general of the NYSC on 18 April 2016 and served as the 17th DG of the scheme until his redeployment to the Nigerian Army Resource Centre on 26 April 2019. Until his appointment, Ibrahim, the new NYSC boss was the Registrar, Nigerian Army University, Biu in Borno State.

Brief History of NYSC

The NYSC scheme was created in a bid to reconstruct, reconcile and rebuild the country after the Nigerian Civil war. The unfortunate antecedents in our national history gave impetus to the establishment of the National Youth Service Corps by decree No.24 of 22nd May 1973 which stated that the NYSC is being established “with a view to the proper encouragement and development of common ties among the youths of Nigeria and the promotion of national unity”. As a developing country. Nigeria is further plagued by the problems attendant upon a condition of underdevelopment, namely; poverty. mass illiteracy, acute shortage of high skilled manpower (coupled with most uneven distribution of the skilled people that are available), woefully inadequate socioeconomic infrastructural facilities, housing.

NYSC Mandate/act

The NYSC Mandate/act has been established according to its mission statement as listed below.

(a) To build a pragmatic organization that is committed to its set objectives with the ultimate goal of producing future leadership with positive national ethos-Leadership that is vibrant, proud and committed to the unity and even development of the Nigeria State.

(b) To be at the fore front of National development efforts, as well as serve as a profitable platform for imparting in our youths values of nationalism, patriotism, loyalty and accountable leadership.

(c) To raise the moral tone of our youths by giving them opportunity to learn about high ideals of national achievement, social and cultural improvement.

(d) To develop in our youths attitude of mind acquired through shared experience, and suitable training which would make them more amenable to mobilization in the national interest.

(e) To ensure Nigerian youths acquire the spirit of self-reliance, a reliable source of economic empowerment and effective participation in nation building.

(f) To develop an organization that is alive to its responsibilities and responsive to the needs of the country.

10 Objectives/Roles OF NYSC – Functions of NYSC in Nigeria

The functions of NYSC in Nigeria can never be overemphasized. The objectives of the National Youth Service Corps Scheme are clearly spelt out in Decree No.51 of 16th June 1993 as follows:

  1. To develop common ties among the Nigerian youths and promote national unity and integration
  2. To remove prejudices, eliminate ignorance and confirm at first hand the many similarities among Nigerians of all ethnic groups
  3. To develop a sense of corporate existence and common destiny of the people of Nigeria.
  4. The equitable distribution of members of the service corps and the effective utilisation of their skills in the area of national needs
  5. To inculcate discipline in Nigerian youths by instilling in them a tradition of industry at work, and of patriotic and loyal service to Nigeria in any situation they may find themselves.
  6. To raise the moral tone of the Nigerian youths by giving them the opportunity to learn about higher ideals of national achievement, social and cultural improvement
  7. To develop in the Nigerian youths the attitudes of mind, acquired through shared experience and suitable training. which will make them more amenable to mobilization in the national interest
  8. To enable Nigerian youths to acquire the spirit of self-reliance by encouraging them to develop skills for self-employment
  9. To contribute to the accelerated growth of the national economy
  10. That as far as possible, youths are assigned to jobs in States other than their States of origin

Current Leadership of NYSC-Chairman

The incumbent Director-General is Shuaibu Ibrahim. Major General Suleiman Kazaure was appointed director-general of the NYSC on 18 April 2016 and served as the 17th DG of the scheme until his redeployment to the Nigerian Army Resource Centre on 26 April 2019. Until his appointment, Ibrahim, the new NYSC boss was the Registrar, Nigerian Army University, Biu in Borno State.

List of NYSC Departments and units and their duties/functions

The National Directorate Headquarters has eleven Departments, each of which is headed by a Director on grade level 17. Each of the Departments is further divided into Divisions which are headed by Deputy Directors on grade level 16. Each Division comprises branches headed by Assistant Directors on grade level 15. The Departments and their branches are as follows:

  1. Human Resource Department

    1. Human Resource Planning Division
    2. Career Management Division
    3. Training and Executive Development Division
    4. Staff Welfare & Industrial Relations Division
    5. General Services Division
  2. Corps mobilization

    1. Evaluation Division
    2. Mobilization Division
    3. Deployment Division
  3. Corp Welfare and Inspectorate

    1. Corps Welfare Division
    2. Corps Insurance Division
    3. Corps Inspection Division
    4. Corps Discipline and Merit Division
    5. Corps Health Division
  4. Skills Acquisition & Entrepreneurship Development

    1. Skills Acquisition Division
    2. Entrepreneurship and Empowerment Division
  5. Community Development Service

    1. Community Development Service Division
    2. Scheme collaboration Division
    3. Special Projects Division
  6. Finance and Accounts

    1. Budget Division
    2. Account Division
  7. Planning, Research and Statistics

    1. Policy and Planning Division
    2. Research, Statistics & Library Division
    3. Project Monitoring & Evaluation Division
    4. Technical Assistance Division
  8. Information Communication and Technology

    1. Data Management Services Division
    2. Hardware & Software Development Support Division
  9. Corps Certification

    1. Exemption Division
    2. Certification Division
    3. Verification Division
  10. Ventures Management

    1. Arable farms
    2. Factories
    3. Mills
    4. Animal Husbandry
  11. Procurement

    1. Capital Procurement Division
    2. Recurrent Procurement Division
  12. General Service

    1. Division
    2. Division
  13. Special Duties

6 Notable Achievements of NYSC in Nigeria

  1. Foster unity in Nigeria
  2. Impact in the area of healthcare delivery, rural infrastructure, and other social services. launched the NYSC Health Initiative for Rural Development (HIRD) in 2014 to deepen the impact of healthcare services in the country. achievements in the area of national unity and integration.
  3. It has encouraged literacy education and sports development
  4. The provision of drugs, eyeglasses, and other medical consumables to physically impaired people free of charge.
  5. The NYSC programme has donated over 300 wheelchairs to impaired people (with the support of partners)
  6. Providing on-the-job training and experience for Corps Members.

Challenges facing NYSC in Nigeria

  1. The case of insecurity: Current DG of NYSC, Shuaibu Ibrahim, has identified insecurity and the penchant by corp members for influencing their places of primary assignment as some of the challenges facing the scheme currently. He further explains it is time to take full advantage of the many ICT applications to finetune the operations of the scheme.
  2. Preferential posting: This is the process of having an unfair treatment during the process of posting corp members to their primary place of assignment (PPA). This is another big challenge the  National Youth Service Corps needs to a step to eradicate.

List of NYSC Orientation Camps in Nigeria and their locations

NYSC Offices Address and Contact Details

NYSC welcomes your feedback, suggestions, and complaints. Down below are the NYSC contact details.


Plot 416, Tigris Crescent
Off Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama.
PMB 138, Garki, Abuja.
Email: info@nysc.gov.ng


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