Place of Primary Assignment (PPA)
On the last day in orientation camp, you will collect a letter that will specify the particular place where you will do your service.
When you get your posting letter, the first place to go to is your Place of Primary Assignment (PPA).
That is the place you will spend the whole of your service year immediately you leave camp.
Your place of assignment can be a secondary school, an industry, university and even government office.
If you are identified with the fellowship in camp, you may first report at the temporary lodge they will provide.
Then you could report at your PPA later same day or the following day.
When you leave the camp, home will be on your mind, having been used up in the camp life.
Few of your employers (i.e., where you are posted to) will send down vehicles to convey you from the camp to their workplaces; private and some Government higher education institutions do.
The fellowship too arranges for you at your cost.
Commercial transporters will probably be available at the gate too. Choose wisely.
You can also change your PPA if it does not satisfy you.
To get a good PPA of your choice, before heading for camp, meet with the company you have in mind and get a request letter (A letter from the company saying that they want you to work with them during your PPA) from them.
When you get to camp, submit the request letter to the authority and hope for the best.
Steps to Print NYSC PPA Letter
Here are the steps to print NYSC posting letter online:
- Login to NYSC portal using your personal email address and password.
- After successful login, at the left side of the page, you will see PPA Letter.
- Click on “PPA Letter” to download and print it out.
7 Vital Things To Know Before Accepting Your NYSC PPA
This is a warning to all new corp members who want to have peace of mind and enjoy the next 11 months of their NYSC service at their different Place of Primary Assignment (PPA).
So many people take advantage of Corp Members to achieve the end goal of their companies.
In order not to be used like slaves and cleaning rags by anybody, all in the name of serving your fatherland, you need to read this.
Here is something obvious and common among new corpers:
- They are always too eager to get to their PPA (Place of Primary Assignment) and get accepted so they could return home quickly.
Even though they complain of staying at home during the postponement and delay in the date for the camp.
Perhaps to show their new khaki to their parents or maybe to slay around the street.
You are not alone in that; I felt the same urge too. Just as everybody else. It’s normal.
Note: Most PPA are good and can be so kind. And remember you will not be the first corper there.
But please, before you accept that PPA you are being posted to, note:
1. Don’t Be Anxious
Don’t be too eager to get or accept any PPA. There is always enough time.
Believe me, the waiting is worth it.
Don’t be too anxious and frustrated that you will jump on a marketing place where you have to be hawking and walking around to get people to buy a product or whatever. You are better than that.
Don’t be like many corp members, who in the name of frustration for a PPA quickly, accepted primary schools and ended up being treated like nannies, baby-sitting and cleaning the mess of kindergarten pupils.
2. Good Accommodation
I will not lie about this. Most PPA do not have conducive accommodation for all the corp members posted under them because of facilities, too much crowd and others.
On several occasions, you will have to get accommodation for yourself.
Some PPA might provide an accommodation and you might not like it for privacy or other reasons.
There might be many reasons you want to look for accommodation by yourself:
- Conducive part
…name it…… and more
3. Your Free Day Must Be Allowed
You have privilege to a day of every week, in which you are not expected to be at your PPA at all (usually your CDS day).
Your PPA must be ready to give you this day fully. Not expected to work for few hours on the same day.
It’s a work-free day for you. Your Boss might push you by asking, but you have to state it that CDS days are off.
4. Local Allowance
That’s the allowance (money) the PPA will pay you at the end of every month, that’s if it’s a private PPA.
This money should not be less than ₦5000, can be more, say ₦10k, ₦15k, ₦25k up to ₦100k.
Let them know you don’t like to be owed also because many employers are fond of that.
You don’t have to be rude about that. You just have to make your point clear. The ₦33, 000 alone cannot be enough.
5. Work Load
Don’t let them overwork you. You are not expected to teach more than two subjects if you are in a school.
But sometimes out of compassion, you can take more if you can handle it.
6. Do Your Research
Ask questions and gather information from the existing corpers and workers in the organization to know how the management has been dealing with their workers.
By this, you will tell if they will keep their promises to you or not.
7. Rules and Regulations
This might apply to every PPA, however, some PPA have some rules that you might not abide with.
This is common among Mission schools and some organizations.
There are some places they will tell you that’s you can’t wear this, you can’t do this, a male should not come visit, this, that’s and bla bla bla….
Some organization will tell you to put on tight cloths, miniskirts to promote their product and bring customers.
If it’s okay by you, tell them and if otherwise, tell them to reject you.
So you might need to ask existing corpers stylishly if they have any funny rules here.
They will issue you an acceptance letter after all agreement and you will take the letter to your Zonal Inspector.
Then you can now go home and come back after the stipulated day.
Do not be too anxious, this is where you will spend the rest of your 11 months.
You are not meant to endure; you are meant to enjoy.
2 Best Ways to Change Your NYSC Place of Primary Assignment (PPA)
You have gotten a Place of Primary Assignment and maybe you are even working already for over a month and you discover you would like to change your PPA.
These are some ways you can go about doing that:
This is when you have a polite negotiation with your PPA and make them see reasons you cannot work with them.
Provide reasonable excuses to them, because many PPA will not want to reject you.
It’s also easier to negotiate for rejection with public schools than with privates; because many public schools won’t be willing to provide all the required amenities needed for you, and you can use that as an advantage to be rejected.
Post The Complain To NYSC
Maybe the first did not work out.
Another way to make NYSC change your PPA is to complain to your Local Government Inspector when your PPA has refused to reject you.
You do that by writing a complaint letter to them about your PPA and request for a change.
And if your reasons are good enough, you will be re-posted.
Accommodation at PPA
If you don’t know anybody in the place you are posted to, where will you shelter yourself on the first day?
The fellowship may give you a temporary accommodation pending the time you will have to get yours.
You could be lucky if your employer gives you a room.
Many of them don’t give corps members accommodation.
So, be prepared to get shelter at your cost.
Tips for Renting an Apartment as a Corper
- Get a place close to your Place of Primary Assignment to save transport cost.
- Ensure the person in charge of the house you’re renting is the real person in charge.
- Check for road accessibility and network coverage in the area.
- Be security conscious.
- Ensure that a market is close or not too far.
- Make sure the apartment is not too expensive (if you don’t have enough money).
- Check for water availability.
Top 11 Security Hacks for Corps Members during NYSC
- Always tell people of your whereabout
- Be alert to any danger
- Beware of riverside attractions
- Do not accept or ask for a lift from strangers
- Do not travel anyhow to visit home
- Don’t flaunt your valuables
- Don’t stay out late at nights
- Live close to your PPA
- Live together or around with other corps members
- Lock your doors at all times
- Relate carefully with indigenes