National NYSC Anthem

Youths Obey the clarion call Let us lift our nation high Under the sun or in the rain With dedication & selflessness ,Nigeria is ours,Nigeria we serve.

Members,take the great salute,Put the nation first in all,With service and humilty NYSC for the noble youths Make Nigeria a great Nation.

Far and near we come to serve,And build our father land,With oneness and loyalty NYSC for unity,Hail Nigeria our great Nation.




I pledge to Nigeria my country,To be faithful,loyal and honest To serve Nigeria with all my strength,To defend her unity,And uphold her honour and glory,So help me God.


The NYSC scheme was created in a bid to reconstruct, reconcile and rebuild the country after the Nigerian Civil war. The unfortunate antecedents in our national history gave impetus to the establishment of the National Youth Service Corps by decree No.24 of 22nd May 1973 which stated that the NYSC is being established "with a view to the proper encouragement and development of common ties among the youths of Nigeria and the promotion of national unity".

As a developing country. Nigeria is further plagued by the problems attendant upon a condition of under development, namely; poverty. mass illiteracy, acute shortage of high skilled manpower (coupled with most uneven distribution of the skilled people that are available), woefully inadequate socioeconomic infrastructural facilities, housing. Water and sewage facilities, road, healthcare services, and effective communication system. . Faced with these almost intractable problems, which were further compounded by the burden of reconstruction after the civil war, the government and people of Nigeria set for the country, fresh goals, and objectives aimed at establishing Nigeria as:

(a) a united, strong and selfreliant nation:
(b) a great and dynamic economy;
(c) a land of bright and full opportunities for all citizens; and
(d) a free and democratic society.

The government and people of Nigeria are not aware that sound and patriotic leadership is a precondition for the rapid social and economic development of the country. As a nation, Nigeria has been less fortunate in the kind of leadership that emerge to govern the affairs of the country in the period immediately after independence, a leadership whose achievements notwithstanding, was none the less ill-prepared. and generally not properly motivated to tackle the problems of socioeconomic under development, in the interest of the country as a whole.

E. There is no gain saying the fact that the future of any country depends on the youths. The youths of Nigeria acknowledge this fact, and have consistently laid claim to the nation's leadership.

F. While one may give credence to the saying that leaders are born, not made, one must also concede to the fact that leadership in a modem society requires a certain degree of preparation and orientation before the assumption of that role.

G. The universities and other institutions of higher learning are normally expected to be training ground for future leaders, except that, as we are all aware, these institutions are first and foremost committed to the advancement of learning and knowledge, training of people for good citizenship. Little wonder that the products of these institutions have been accused of being too elitist in their outlook, of not identifying with the plight of common man, and of inability to appreciate predicament of the vast majority of our people who live in the rural areas.

H. It was the need to look beyond the immediate present and to think of the future leadership of the country that necessitated the mobilisation of certain categories of our youths through the National Youth Service Corps Scheme. This was done with a view to giving them the proper guidance and orientation relevant to the needs of the country. The National Youth Setvice Corps Decree No. 24 which has now been repealed and replaced by Decree 51 of 16th June 1993, was then formally promulgated.

I. The purpose of the scheme is primarily to inculcate in Nigerian Youths the spirit of selfless service to the community, and to emphasize the spirit of oneness and brotherhood of all Nigerians, irrespective of cultural or social background. The history of our country since independence has clearly indicated the need for unity amongst all our people, and demonstrated the fact that no cultural or geographical entity can exist in isolation.

The DG of NYSC

Brigadier General Maharazu Ismaila Tsiga was born in Tsiga, Bakori Local Government Area of Katsina State in 1957. He attended College of Education, Kafanchan, the University of Abuja and Lagos State University.

He did his National Youth Service in 1981/82 in Bauchi State, and thereafter enlisted into the Nigerian Army and was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in 1983. Since then he has served in the Nigerian Army in various capacities.

  • Instructor, Nigerian Army Education Corp, Ilorin 1984-1992
  • Millitary assistant to Director General NYSC 1992-1994
  • Staff Officer II Data and later Garrison Commander, Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Minna 1994-1996
  • Staff Officer and Later Liaison Officer, Army HQ, Department of Military Secretary 1996-1998
  • Senior Research Officer, Defence HQ, Abuja 1998-2000
  • Commandant, Command Secondary School, Jos 2000-2004
  • Staff Officer I, Logistics and later Training, Nigerian Army Education Corps HQ, Yaba Lagos 2004-2005
  • Director, Nigerian Army Library Services Lagos 2005-2006
  • Director, Nigerian Army Museum, Zaria 2006-2007
  • Assistant Director, Army Education, 82 Divisions, Nigerian Army Enugu 2007 – January 2009
  • Appointed 14th Director General of the NYSC in January 2009

General Tsiga is the 3rd ex-corp member and the first former Military Assistant to a Chief Executive of NYSC to head the scheme. Brigadier General MI Tsiga’s Military profile includes Direct Short Service Course, Young Officers’ Course (Education), Instructional Technology and Range Management courses.

His career in the Nigerian Army spanning 26 years has seen him rise from the rank of 2nd Lieutenant to Lieutenant in May 1984, Captain in May 1988, Major in May 1993 and Lieutenant Colonel in May 1998. He was promoted to the rank of Colonel in August 2003 and then to his current rank of Brigadier General in August 2008.

The General has been decorated with the military medals of Forces Service Star (FSS), Meritorious Service Star (MSS) and Distinguished Service Star (DSS)

For his leisure, Tsiga enjoys reading, sporting activities and management. He is happily married with seven (7) children and three (3) grand children.


(i) The objectives of the National Youth Service Corps Scheme are clearly spelt out in Decree No.51 of 16th June 1993 as follows:

(a) to inculcate discipline in Nigerian youths by instilling in them a tradition of industry at work, and of patriotic and loyal service to Nigeria in any situation they may find themselves.

(b) to raise the moral tone of the Nigerian youths by giving them the opportunity to learn about higher ideals of national achievement, social and cultural improvement;

(c) to develop in the Nigerian youths the attitudes of mind, acquired through shared experience and suitable training. which will make them more amenable to mobilisation in the national interest;

(d) To enable Nigerian youths acquire the spirit of self reliance by encouraging them to develop skills for self employment,

(e) to contribute to the accelerated growth of the national economy;

(f) to develop common ties among the Nigerian youths and promote national unity and integration;

(g) to remove prejudices, eliminate ignorance and confirm at first hand the many similarities among Nigerians of all ethnic groups; and

(h) to develop a sense of corporate existence and common destiny of the people of Nigeria.

(ii) In order to achieve the objectives in subsection (3) of this section, the service corps shall ensure:

(a) the equitable distribution of members of the service corps and the effective utilisation of their skills in area of national needs;

(b) that as far as possible, youths are assigned to jobs in States other than their States of origin;

(c) that such group of youths assigned to work together is as representative of Nigeria as far as possible;

(d) that the Nigerian youths are exposed to the modes of living of the people in different parts of Nigeria;

(e) that the Nigerian youths are encouraged to eschew religious intolerance by accommodating religious differences;

(f) that members of the service corps are encouraged to seek at the end of their one year national service, career employment all over Nigeria, thus promoting the free movement of labour;

(g) that employers are induced partly through their experience with members of the service corps to employ more readily and on a permanent basis, qualified Nigerians, irrespective of their States of origin.

The Vision of the NYSC Scheme

To develop a sound and result-oriented organisation that is strongly committed to its set objectives particularly those of national unity and even development. An organisation that is well motivated and capable of bringing out the best qualities in our youths and imparting in them the right attitude and values for nation buildingAn organisation that serves as catalyst to national development and source of pride and fulfillment to its participating graduate youths.


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All work and no play makes Jack a very dull boy. So it is right to say NYSC Service year with out the Ajuwaya excellence award will surely make a boring year for corps members. This is the initiative behind the AJUWAYA Excellency Awards. it is an avenue where corps members celebrate the joy of serving thier Father land . It is a social avenue to appreciat and recognise people and organisation thet have in one way of the other contribiuted to the well being f corps members in the State .