The one year period after graduation is the period every Nigerian graduate has to obey the clarion call. Apart from those already up to the age of thirty at the time of graduation, other graduates are obliged to go through the one year compulsory service period.
Every prospective corp member has a certain state that they want to serve in. The choice of a service state is influenced by a lot of factors including money. Certain states in the federation pay higher allowances than some others after the basic monthly allowances from the federal government. This makes it important to know what states pay highest. A knowledge of this will be useful in choosing the right state for service.
The 10 highest paying NYSC states in Nigeria are;
Lagos state is the number one dream state of most prospective corpers. While making a choice of what state to serve in, a lot of corp members pick Lagos state ahead of the other states. There are a handful of reasons for this. Some of them are;
- The limitless opportunities that abound in Lagos
- The desire to want to reside in Nigeria’s commercial capital
- The monthly allowance given by the Lagos state government.
Lagos corp members in ministries get a monthly allowance of N15, 000 while those in Local Governments get a monthly allowance of N 5,000
Akwa Ibom State
Akwa Ibom is the second highest paying state for youth corp members. It comes second only to Lagos on this list of the highest paying states for corp members. Although Akwa-ibom might not be the most desired state for corp members when lots of factors such as opportunities, geographical location and quality of living are considered. It is definitely one of the most desired states when monthly allowances are put into consideration.
Corp members serving in Akwa-Ibom get a monthly allowance of N 10,000 from the Akwa-Ibom state government.
Enugu state-the coal city state is the highest paying NYSC state in the South-Eastern part of Nigeria. Although, it comes third on this list, it pays just as much as Akwa-Ibom state. If you are a prospective corp member and have never been to south-eastern Nigeria, then Enugu will just be a perfect choice for you.
Enugu offers its residents a bubbling night life. Although this is not known to those not resident in the state, it offers as much fun as is obtainable in other major cities in Nigeria. This simply suggests that the one year spent in Enugu for service will not be boring to fun loving corp members.
Enugu pays a monthly allowance of N10, 000 to corp members
If you do not reside in the northern part of Nigeria, you have probably forgotten about the existence of this state. Jigawa state is the highest paying state for corpers serving in the northern part of Nigeria. It could be easily considered the highest paying NYSC state in Nigeria. However, due to the variation in the amount paid to different corp members, this is not so.
The average corp member in Jigawa gets an average monthly allowance of N10, 000. Those serving in Hospitals earn N16, 000, while medical corpers earn N26, 000.
Taraba state got its name from the Taraba River which flows through the southern part of the state. It is the second highest paying state for corpers serving in the northern region of Nigeria.
Corp members in this state get the same amount as allowance irrespective of where they serve. If you serve in any of the 16 local governments in Taraba, you are entitled to a monthly allowance of N10, 000. This is in addition to the monthly allowance of N19, 800 paid by the federal government.
Niger state is one of the nearest states of the federal capital territory. It is the 6th highest paying state for corp members in Nigeria. If you are interested in serving in the federal capital territory and are not certain of getting it, Niger state will make be a very good option. This is because of its close proximity to the federal capital territory.
Corpers serving in Niger state get a monthly allowance of N6, 000.
Ogun state is one of the states from the south west region that is known by individuals resident in other parts of Nigeria. This is probably as a result of its closeness to Lagos state.
Ogun is home to the famous Olumo rock. Therefore service year in Ogun state will give every corper the opportunity of enjoying the view the famous Olumo rock has to offer.
If you love to serve in Lagos but are not sure of your chances of getting a spot in Lagos, Ogun state is one place you should have in mind. It is close to Lagos and will give you the privilege to enjoy the tourism Lagos has to offer.
Corpers in Ogun earn a monthly allowance of N5, 000.
Some couple of years ago, Ekiti state was relatively unpopular. Well, in recent times, it has become one of the known states from south-western Nigeria. Although its new found popularity cannot be attributed to good reasons, they are in no way for the wrong reasons.
Ekiti state is the third highest NYSC paying state in South-Western Nigeria. Corp members in this state get a monthly allowance of N5, 000. This is in addition to the monthly allowance of N19, 800 paid to every worker by the federal government.
Delta state is the highest NYSC paying state in the oil rich Niger Delta. Although it is the highest paying from the south-south region, it is the 9th highest NSC paying state in Nigeria. This might be a little ironical because it is an oil rich region.
Corp members serving in Delta state get a monthly allowance of N5, 000 from the Delta state government. This therefore brings the total allowance earned monthly to N24, 800.
Osun state is home to IIe-Ife; the ancestral origin of the Yoruba people. This makes it a much reverenced state among the Yoruba people. Its monthly allowance to youth corp members might not be exactly high, however, it makes the list of the highest NYSC paying states in Nigeria.
Youth corp members serving in Osun earn a monthly allowance of N5, 000 in addition to 19,800 paid by the federal government.
There are certain states more suitable for some graduates because of the job opportunities they offer graduates of some disciplines. This makes it important to also put the amount you could earn from whatever organization absorbs you into consideration while choosing a state to serve in.