I took a short break from continuing with this blog because of a little parting gift a la NYSC Camp mosquitoes!!! Yup, you guessed right...MALARIA! It has to be the worst I've felt in forever! I had to miss work for 1 whole week, was in the hospital with an IV (aka drip), and had no appetite and even less energy.
Anyhow, let me get to the topic at hand: Registering for NYSC. I would like to say that this is an easy process - it actually is, IF you know what is required ahead of time and get everything in order. Otherwise, you may have to take more than 1 trip to the NYSC Directorate Office (in Abuja) to complete your registration.
For this blog's intents and purposes, I am only focusing on the requirements for Foreign-Trained Graduates.
Step 1: Stalking the NYSC website
You need to constantly check the NYSC website (here's the link again - NYSC Website) for the upcoming batch's timetable. It gives you information on:
- Registration dates
- Orientation dates
- Requirements for Foreign-Trained Graduates
- Collection of Call-Up Letters
- First degree certificate/diploma - BA, B.Sc, HND
- Official First degree transcript
- Marks sheets (for Indian schools - not really sure what that is)
- High School diploma/certificate - this includes WASC, WAEC, GCE, SSCE, NECO, IGCE, O Levels. If you went to secondary school in Nigeria, your original WAEC/SSCE certificate was sent to your secondary school 5 years after graduation. If you never picked it up, go there and look for it.
- Registration certificate with the Medical/Dental Council of Nigeria (for Doctors only)
- Registration certificate with the Pharmacist Council of Nigeria (for Pharmacists only)
- Nigerian Passport (And foreign passport if you have one) showing the following:
- First departure date from Nigeria
- Student Visa
- Last arrival date into Nigeria
- Passport Photographs - Here is where I tell you to get at least 30 passport photographs, because you will need them over and over and OVER again at different points throughout the year. You might as well just have a whole bunch ahead of time and carry them in your purse or wallet.
- Foreign graduates are NO LONGER allowed to serve in their state of preference. (This is one of the first signs you see when you get to the NYSC Directorate office, AND it is also stated on their website.) All I will say to this is... No comment :)
- ALWAYS carry the following with you because you will most definitely need them.
- Passport photographs
**update** You need your passport to pick up your call up letter **