4 places you CANNOT work in Nigeria without NYSC certificate

May 25, 2017

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme is a compulsory one year of service to

Nigeria by university graduates less than 30 years of age.


The graduates undergo a three-week orientation camp and then are posted to different firms for a period of one year, usually far from their state of origin. After which they are given a certificate.

While some enjoy the year, many view it as a waste of time and only go through it, because there are places you cannot work without your NYSC certificate.

What are some of them?

1. Banks

Most financial institutions are strict during their recruitment procedures and require the NYSC certificate. Banks might allow entry level workers without the certificate, but usually insist permanent staff present complete papers.

The orientation camp is a para military experience

2. Insurance companies

Like other financial institutions, insurance firms also insist on NYSC certificates especially the top-tier ones. Note that most can waive the strict policy aside depending on the relationship you have with your employers.

3. Multi-national companies

Most multinationals will insist on a NYSC certificate for all staff, this is to ensure proper documentation in the workforce. Below are examples:

– Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) Oil & Gas Multinational.

– Chevron Oil & Gas Multinational.

– Mobil Oil & Gas Multinational.

– Total Oil & Gas Multinational.

– Nestlé Nigeria FMCG Multinational.

– Halliburton Energy Oil & Gas Multinational.

4. Oil companies

Most oil companies follow the same procedure as multinationals. It is rare to see them hire a university graduate without NYSC certificate.

 Meanwhile, the Da’Wah Coordination council of Nigeria, a coalition of Muslim groups, has threatened to force its members to boycott this year’s recruitment exercise by the Nigerian Army and the orientation programme of the NYSC.

We gathered that the groups would boycott the exercise should the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo fail to prevail on the organisations to shift the date of the two exercises.

Watch a NAIJ video on NYSC below:


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