NYSC FCT, NYSC Abuja, Life in Abuja, Ex-Corpers in Abuja, NYSC Orientation Camp Abuja, Best Companies Accepting Corpers, National Youth Service Corps Abuja State Co-ordinator
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Serving in a good state is the dream of almost every intending corps member. However, not much information is available about the true state of things in the supposed “good states”. So, in this post we will review every necessary fact about NYSC Abuja. If you need to know anything about service in Abuja, I will advice you relax and read attentively. In case there is any other query we have not covered, please feel free to leave it in the comment section, and we will surely answer you in a few minutes.
Before we go any further, please take out time to read the following posts. We strongly recommend them as they contain very relevant information for every intending, serving and ex youth corps member.
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Brief Review of Life in Abuja
It is very common to see graduates scramble to be posted to Abuja because of the perceived available opportunities. A few others are discouraged by such factors as the high cost of living in the nation’s capital. While we may be tempted to rush into a conclusion, it is safer to say that life in Abuja depends on how you see it, and what you want to make of it. We will say a little more below.
Location of Abuja
Abuja is located in the North Central geo-political zone of the country. It borders Kaduna State to the north, Nassarawa State to the east, Kogi State to the south-west and Niger State to the west.
The region is also popularly referred to as the “middle-belt”. This is basically due to it’s location on the Nigerian map. The area is generally regarded to be the center of the country. It connects the northern and southern parts of the country.
Cost of Living in Abuja
Obviously, Abuja just like most major cities, may not be the cheapest city to survive in Nigeria. In fact, as it is widely believed, working in Abuja may only just be enough to settle your bills. From the huge cost of transportation to that of accommodation, the state may not look very attractive.
However, in a country like Nigeria where the cost of living is generally high, avoiding the capital city because of cost may not really be a wise idea.
In one of our researches, we found out that most products primarily produced in the core northern states were cheaper in Abuja than in the South, and vice versa. This automatically means that the cost of basic goods and services is not peculiar to Abuja. Instead, there are determined by other factors which aid trade. In fact, you have the advantage of enjoying the goodies offered in both the north and the south.
Tips to Avoid the High Cost of Living
- Avoid living within the city center. Aiming for a house within the Central Area amounts to financial suicide for an average youth corps member or even an average income earner. The good thing is that Abuja has a good road network, so you do not have to worry about the distance to your place of primary assignment.
- Learn some financial discipline. This informs the notion that working in the city may not settle your bills in spite of the good pay. The truth is that there are so many “temptations” in the city. No matter what you describe as fun, I’m sure they are readily available. There is always something to spend money on, except you watch out and carefully discipline yourself. I encourage you to carefully plan every of your spending. Remember no one forces a penny out of your pocket, or bank account except you spend it.
- Think business. Yeah, everyone knows there are no jobs in Nigeria. In fact, most people who even claim to be working are grossly underemployed. Meanwhile, it is common knowledge the fact that Abuja is a city filled with corporate workers and business owners who require certain services. Aside that, the place is densely populated hence providing a huge market. Do not forget that the city boasts of one of the highest standards of living. The average gross income per household is believed to be on the high side, in comparison with other cities across the country.
How to Serve in Abuja
According to a dependable survey, Abuja along with a few other states, is one of the most sought after states by PCMs. The pressure on the state nevertheless makes it a hot cake. Only very few are fortunate to be posted there. Now, the question is – how can I get posted to Abuja?
Here, we will try to answer that question. But please note that we do not guarantee anything. This is Nigeria where nothing is sure. That notwithstanding, you may stand a good chance. Also, we do not encourage an abuse of some of these means as they fall below our ethical standards. We have only included them for the purpose of informing you, as they happen afterall.
- Register early. This trick has been working since 2015 when PCMs were allowed to pick their choice of states. The corps has been known to operate on a first-come-first-serve basis. Consequently, every state is left open for application until the allotted slots get filled. However, this didn’t record much success during the 2018 round of registration as only a limited number of options were shown to applicants, regardless of the time of registration.
- Do not claim to reside or to have visited Abuja before. We all know the aims and objectives of the exercise. Every citizen is expected to volunteer in an area other than where s/he is used to. So, claiming to be “know” Abuja does not really place you in a good position to be given the state.
- Claim your spouse resides in Abuja. As a matter of policy, the corps lays preference on the welfare of married PCMs in the course of posting. Corps members, especially the female PCMs are usually mobilized to serve within the state of residence of the spouse.
- Medical condition may help. Proving to NYSC that you have a medical condition that may not be manageable in any other state may just be the option of last resort. However, you will need to provide some evidences to be taken seriously. Your personal doctor residing in Abuja may help build you a good case.
- Hitting the Nigerian “black market”. We know Nigeria is changing thanks to the “serious re-orientation efforts” of the government. Not surprisingly, a few Nigerians are still engaged in the business of helping you get your desired state. Albeit at a cost. A few Nigerians do not mind spending some bucks, as long as it will get them to Abuja. While we may not encourage you to tow this line due to the risk involved; we could actually help link you with some dependable agents. Contact us if interested.
NYSC Abuja Orientation Camp, State Coordinator and General Camp Experience
The Orientation Camp
The NYSC Orientation Camp is located at Camp Road in Kubwa, Abuja. It is indeed one of the best camps across the country. The camp has some key features like a play area, mammy market and so on. Although the Federal Government hopes to build a more befitting permanent camp, the present one is in no way bad.
The State Coordinator
The state coordinator is Bello Balama. Bello is the former NYSC state coordinator of NYSC Kaduna.
Life in the camp is always fun and filled with activities. It lasts about three weeks. Meal is served trice daily. However most people prefer eating at the mammy market as “better” stuffs are always available there. Expect to wake as early as 5am and get back to bed as late as 10pm.
Best PPAs to Serve
We understand that there are a good number private establishments. Some even offer amazing packages. However, methinks a few government establishments are just too great to ignore. Think of a free accommodation, a big office, a reasonable take-home package and so on. So, when looking out for where to serve, watch out for the following places. Meanwhile, it is not as easy as it sounds. Even when posted here, you may hardly be accepted, except you know someone who knows someone.
Note: Abuja officially does not pay “state allawee”
Top Places to Serve in Abuja
- Central Bank of Nigeria
- Nigeria Defense Headquarters
- Defence Intelligence Agency
- NNPC Towers
- National Assembly
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- News Agency of Nigeria
- Nigerian Television Authority
- Federal Road Safety Commission
- SMALL & MEDIUM ENTERPRISES DEVELOPMENT AGENCY OF NIGERIA
- NATIONAL PENSION COMMISSION
- FEDERAL INLAND REVENUE SERVICE
Note: NYSC no more accepts corps members serving in banks.
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Are you an ex, serving or intending corps member? Did you, or are you serving or planning to serve in Abuja? Please share your thoughts and experience in the comment section.