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It is obvious that every setting has its own culture and patterns in which things are run, however, these are frequently used slogans and terms in the NYSC settings. . It is important you get used to them now so you’re not surprised when you come across them. Here we go:
(Allawee) Allowance: This is the one that will linger in the brain of many if not forever. It is the monthly stipend paid to cleared corps members nationwide. Some states and private organizations also pay corps members monthly stipends but the amount varies from state to state.
(AI) or LGI Area Inspector: This is the NYSC official in charge of corps members in a given area. It is the same as LGI.
(CDS) Community Development Service:
This is the practice of giving your best back to society by corps members. They render services or construct projects in their place of service.
This is the monthly activity or confirmation of corps members to show that they are still alive and discharging their duties at their respective PPAs. The form gotten from the employer or head of PPA for monthly clearance is known as a clearance letter.
(CLO) Corps Liaison Officer:
The “head corper” or the representative of corps members in any local government area. Vital information is most times passed across from the LGI to the corps members through your CLO.
In every orientation camp, there are a collection of shops where corp members can find everything they need like a canteen, tailors, photo studio, game and sports centres, and cobblers. You can call it the relaxation spot for corpers, camp officials, and soldiers.
(PCMs) Prospective Corp Members: every year there recent graduates who are just about to start NYSC. Majorly defined as a graduate who is yet to be sworn in by the NYSC.
Platoon: This is a military term used in camp to denote corpers been split into groups called platoons.
Platoon Inspector: This is the NYSC official in charge of a platoon.
Also, know as PPA letter, it is a letter containing details of where a corps member is posted for the completion of NYSC. This is issued after the 3 weeks of camp completion.
(PC) Platoon Commander: The corps member leading a platoon during parades.
(PL) Platoon Leader: This is the corps member assisting the platoon inspector in coordinating platoon activities.
(PPA) Place of Primary Assignment
It is the place where Corps serve their fatherland. This is the duty post where corps members are issued clearance letters every month.
(SAED) Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development:
This is the skill acquisition program set up by the NYSC to provide corps members with beneficial skills needed for self-reliance after service.
Otondo: Also called ‘white fowl’, it is a name given to the Jolly Just Come members, it is a friendly word used to describe new corps members. It can also mean a novice corps member who knows nothing.
(POP) Passing Out Parade: That is the end of your NYSC year. The last parade before getting your NYSC certificate.
(BL) Book of Life: A huge book signed by corp members in camp or at the NYSC State Secretariat.
State code: This is the official state identification number given to all corps members after registration in camp. It contains your state abbreviations, year and batch and a unique number.
Senate List: This is the list of graduates received from different institutions eligible to register for NYSC.
Revalidation: Application for revalidation is when the PCM registered previously but failed to go camping after printing call up letter
Remobilization: Application for remobilization is when the PCM went camping but failed to report to PPA or absconded.
Domicile Letter: A letter from a husband to NYSC applying for the redeployment of his wife to his state of residence stating clearly his home address.
Double up: This is a military slang used in orientation camps by soldiers when they want to tell corpers to run faster.
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