What is OBS or LGI, I am confused!

If you are asking what OBS, LGI, PPA means, you are either still an Otondo (you might not even know what this means too lol) or a ghost corper. Check out these NYSC terms and conditions and get yourself to the next level by using our NYSC dictionary.

If you are a veteran/badoo corper that knows more terms, let us know and well add them in and give you props


Le Terms & Definitions

  • Allowee:- Allowance paid every month from Government. All corpers nationwide receive N19,800 from the federal government. In most states, corpers also recieve a state allowee (amount can vary from state to state).
  • AI:- Area Inspector. Official in change of corp members in a given area. Same as LGI(see definition below) (contributed by Harry Nyakhi Danjuma in 2016)
  • Book of Life:- It is a real, huge book signed in camp by all corpers.
  • CD:- Community Development by an individual, couple or group. Also called CDS.
  • CD card:- An official NYSC card you attach a passport pic to, that is signed by LGI after CD day is over.
  • Clearance:- Something you have to do very month to show that you are still alive and present. You also submit a letter from your employer at this time to get paid.
  • CLO:- Corps Liaison Officer. The “head corper” of your Local Government Area.
  • DEC:- Means Deputy Editor-in-Chief.
  • De-Camp: Corpers sent home from camp for various reasons and return to collect their posting letters when camp ends.
  • DG:- Director General of National Youth Service Corps. A.K.A the “Oga on top” for NYSC.
  • EXCO:- Means Executive council. Officers of a corper NYSC CD group
  • Ghost Corper:- A corper that does everything (including collect money), but nobody has ever seen them.
  • HSE:- Health Safety Environment. A course available in NYSC.
  • LG:- Local Government. You’ll meet your CD group here once a week.
  • LGI:- Local Government Inspector. The official rep in your LG. Same as AI(see definition above).
  • LGA:- Local Government Area.
  • Mami Market:- A collection of shops in camp where corpers can find everything they need from bukka to tailors and cobblers. Some camps even have shawarma and arcade games. It  also provides evening entertainment for corpers and soldiers (contributed by Ifeoluwa Kunbi Omoloye Ladipo in 2016).
  • NIM:- National Institute of Management. A course available to put corpers in a better position to get employed.
  • NYSC:- National Youth Service Corps. A national scheme created in a bid to reconstruct, reconcile and rebuild the country after the Nigerian Civil war.
  • OBS:- Orientation Broadcasting Station. This is a radio station that is broadcast on speakers in camp to share information with corpers and also to make the camp more lively. Think of people that work here as the DJs of camp. (contributed by Nwosu Christy Ugoo Nnadozie).
  • Otondo:- Friendly word for “new Corper” but some say it actually means “Mumu”. You just have to know the situation it is used in.
  • PCM:- Prospective Corp Members. Recent graduates who are just about to start NYSC.
  • Platoon:- When corpers get to camp, they are split into groups called platoons.
  • Platoon Commander:- A corper placed in charge of a Platoon. (contributed by Prince Chika).
  • PMP:- Project Management Professional. A course available to put corpers in a better position to get employed.
  • POP:- Passing Out Parade. A ceremony to celebrate a successful completion of a corper’s NYSC year. Certificates of completion are handed out here.
  • Posting Letter:- This letter tells corpers which state in Nigeria they are going to serve in .
  • PPA:- Place of Primary Assignment. This is where corpers report to every day of their service year for work. Corpers find out their PPA after camp.
  • PRO:- Means the Public Relations Officer
  • PV:- Payment Voucher. (contributed by Abdulfatai Garuba in 2016)
  • RSM:- An RSM serves as a general overseer to all the platoons. Platoon commandants report directly to an RSM, and an RSM reports directly to a captain.  (contributed by Ogundele Femi Kingfem in 2016)
  • SAED:- Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development. A program set up by government to provide skills  to corpers enabling them to start businesses  after service.
  • You are wrong:- A phrase used by soldiers in camp if you’re in the wrong place or doing the wrong thing.
  •  ZI:- Zonal Inspector. Person in change of corp members in a given zone. (contributed by Treasure Okor in 2016)