NYSC Portal: NYSC Login Timetable & FAQ (UPDATED)

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NYSC Portal: Call Up Letter & NYSC Login Portal FAQ


(UPDATED) Below are FAQ about the NYSC Portal &  NYSC Programme:



1. Why are Nigerian youths being asked to pay to serve their country?

A: It is not true that corps members are being asked to pay to serve their country. Far from it. The NYSC and the government appreciate the enormous sacrifice that corps members have made, and continue to make, for the unity and the development of this country. The Scheme will continue to explore ways to ensure that corps members serve the nation in safety and with ease. This latest initiative was conceived in that spirit.

Based on feedbacks and requests from past corps members, the initiative was designed to lessen the costs and risks associated with corps members travelling to their schools to pick up call-up letters. It should be remembered that prospective corps members become the responsibility of NYSC Portal when they show up in orientation camps, not before. So, prospective corps members (not NYSC Portal) have always borne the costs of travelling to get their call-up letters. This has not changed and no extra burden has been imposed on our prospective corps members. While those who want to physically pick up their call-up letters from their schools are still allowed to do so, this initiative has created an extra option for those who wish to access their call-up letters online. It has empowered prospective corps members to make their choice, based on their situations, preferences and assessments of the opportunity costs involved. Paying N3,000 to process call-up letters online is a choice for those who prefer that option. It is not a condition for national service. So, no one is being asked to pay to serve, as those who do not pay on the NYSC Portal will also undertake their national service without any form of discrimination or sanction.

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NYSC Portal & Programme FAQ

2. Why are corps members being forced to pay for their call-up letters on the NYSC Portal?

A: Paying to process call-up letters online is totally optional. It is not compulsory. NYSC Portal made it optional because of the realization that not every corps member will need or can afford it. As said above, picking up call-up letters from schools have always been and remains the responsibility of prospective corps members. There are associated costs and risks to this, which varies for individuals. The situation of ‘Prospective Corps Member A’ who lives in Lagos and has graduated from a school in Lagos is definitely different from that of ‘Prospective Corps Member B’ who lives in Lagos but has graduated from a higher institution in Port Harcourt or Zaria or Bauchi. The costs and risks involved in going to the schools to pick call-up letters are clearly different for the two candidates. NYSC Portal thinks it will be unfair to ask both of them to pay or force them to embrace the initiative. Apart from giving people the freedom to choose what suits them, the initiative is deliberately made optional to ensure fairness to all parties.

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NYSC Portal & Programme FAQ

3. Why ask prospective corps members to pay N3000 just to print call-up letters on the NYSC Portal?

A: The N3000 is not just for printing call-up letters. It is for the entire package of online registration, which requires the deployment of IT hardware and software and personnel to orientation camps all over the country but which also gives those who subscribe to it the advantage of processing their registration online, saving time during registration at the orientation camps and allowing them to use their thumbprints to identify themselves in case they lose or are dispossessed of their call-up letters. In the past, corps members who lose or are dispossessed of their call-up letters printed on the NYSC portal had to go through a cumbersome process of swearing affidavits, getting validation from their schools which takes time and may force them to enlist on another batch. With online registration, those who are unfortunate to lose their letters can identify themselves with their fingerprints. So the N3000 NYSC Portal fee is for the entire process and package of benefits.

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NYSC Portal & Programme FAQ

4. Is the initiative not extortionist and insensitive?

A: As explained above, the initiative was designed with all sense of fairness and sensitivity. It is not extortionist, as extortion implies the use of open or subtle threat. No open or subtle threat is involved here. It is not compulsory and non-use of it carries no sanction. It is only for those who choose to exercise the option after doing their own cost-benefit analysis. NYSC Portal is sensitive to the fact that not everyone needs or can afford this. Both those who need and can afford it and those who don’t need it or can’t afford it are given options to choose from. The initiative is thus both fair and sensitive.

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