We at NYSC Lagos State understand that corp members and prospective corp members have questions that need answering, though we may not be available at the time to attend to you this faq section covers most common ones asked and have well detailed answers to aid you.
Why are Nigerian youths being asked to pay to serve their country?
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 membershave 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 when they show up in orientation camps, not before. So, prospective corps members (not NYSC) 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 hascreated 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 N4000 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 will also undertake their national service without any form of discrimination or sanction.
Why are corps members being forced to pay for their call-up letters
Paying to process call-up letters online is totally optional. It is not compulsory. NYSC 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 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.