In addition to the ₦33,000 federal government stipend known as Allawee paid monthly to serving Corps Members, prospective Corps Members preparing for their NYSC orientation camp need to know the top highest-paying states for NYSC that will also support them financially while serving their fatherland – a distance away from home.
I’m publishing this article to guide you in your NYSC registration especially when you’re asked to choose your preferred 4 states among the 36 states in Nigeria.
Things are getting tough day by day and prices of commodities keep skyrocketing. Hence your Allawee from the federal government alone might not be enough for you to survive in most of the states in the southern part of the country.
- 1 Here are the top paying state (NYSC) Allawee for Corps Members:
- 1.1 1. Akwa Ibom State :
- 1.2 2. Anambra State
- 1.3 3. Lagos state
- 1.4 4. Taraba State
- 1.5 5. Niger State
- 1.6 6. Kano State
- 1.7 7. Rivers State
- 1.8 8. Jigawa State :
- 1.9 9. Osun State:
- 1.10 10. Ekiti State
- 1.11 11. Ogun state
- 1.12 12. Oyo State
- 1.13 Which state has the best NYSC camp in Nigeria?
- 1.14 How much do they pay NYSC doctors?
Here are the top paying state (NYSC) Allawee for Corps Members:
1. Akwa Ibom State :
First on my list is Akwa-Ibom State. I chose to start with Akwa-Ibom because I completed my Youth Service Corps in Uyo, the state capital.
Generally, the state pays their Corps Members ₦5,000 stipend every month. But there are some ministries, organizations that pay far more than the flat stipend rate. In fact, some professionals in the field of medicine and some others received far higher monthly stipends than this.
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Akwa Ibom is home to any person; the people are accommodating and caring. Transportation is very cheap with good connecting roads, which is one of the reasons I love the state. The amount you will spend on transportation in a day in Lagos can take you wherever you want for close 2weeks.
Akwa Ibom also pays Corps Members a certain amount ranging between ₦10,000 to ₦20,000 on the last day of passing out of camp depending on the state of things within the state.
This payment is to help the new visitors to the state to settle down, locate their PPAs, and also arrange for accommodation.
The cost of living is a bit high in the state capital, which is expected but in the rural areas, you will find it interesting that you won’t want to go back home.
2. Anambra State
Second, on my list is Anambra state. Anambra state is another destination with affordable transportation fare and accommodation.
The Anambra government pays corps members serving in the state a sum of ₦9,000 per month. The state is the highest paying state in Nigeria
When you compare the cost of transportation, feeding, and accommodation, you will want to visit this state. Lagos being the most preferred destination for many prospective Corps Members comes at a high standard of living; you could easily spend all your Allawee in 10 days without saving a dime.
Some professionals such as serving doctors and nurses receive close to N22,000 monthly.
3. Lagos state
Serving Corps Members in Lagos state are paid the sum of N10,000/month by the state government for those working in the ministries. And N5,000 monthly by the local government for those posted to the local government offices.
Lagos is the commercial nerve center of the nation and a lot of things – if not all are expensive. Cost of living is on the high side and you can easily burn out both the federal government and the state government Allawee just on feeding and transportation alone.
4. Taraba State
Taraba state is one of the few states in the north that take good care of their corps members.
The state pays corps members working in public establishments a monthly stipend of ₦6,000. Private organizations within the state also follow the state government by either paying serving Corps members posted to them the same amount or a little above that.
Taraba state, as must have heard from people is one of the states in the north with very affordable transportation, foods, and other commodities.
5. Niger State
Niger state also pays a stipend of ₦6,000 to corps members serving within the state. Unlike some states in the north, Niger state is one you will like to visit. It’s quite peaceful and secure to some extent (of course you can argue that nowhere in Nigeria is secured) but in comparison it is.
Just like Taraba state and other parts of northern Nigeria, if you want to serve in a place where you can also save some cash, Niger state is a good choice to consider. Foods, accommodation, and other commodities are cheap.
It’s also a good place to do business; the power supply is stable, thanks to the closeness of the Kainji dam.
6. Kano State
Kano is to the North as Lagos is to the South.
However, when it comes to the cost of living, Kano state is far cheaper. Prices of commodities are cheap as well as housing and transportation compare to our very popular Lagos; it is the heartbeat of the nation.
The state is on our list of states that pay youth corpers in Nigeria and has been consistent for some time.
Although slightly affected by the insecurity situation in the northern part of Nigeria, the state is another one you might want to consider during the registration phase of your NYSC.
The Kano state government pays serving corps members across the state a stipend of ₦5,000 per month.
7. Rivers State
If you think you already have the best on this list, you might miss this one. Of course, as a reminder, this list isn’t in any particular order.
Rivers state is an NYSC-friendly state where corp’s members enjoy their serving year – feeling at home and at the same time having enough to save during their serving year.
I have a friend who was serving in the state capital while I was serving in Akwa-Ibom. I had wanted Akwa-Ibom owing to their beautiful ladies and varieties of soups available to mankind. If had read a post like this, I would have preferred to serve in Rivers state.
Rivers State pays serving corps members in the state an allowance of ₦15,000 as monthly stipends.
If you are lucky and the NYSC posted you to serve in an oil company you can be sure of getting something higher than what the state government pays.
8. Jigawa State :
Jigawa state is also among the states in the North with a monthly stipend of ₦5,000 to corps members.
Professionals posted to hospitals across the state often receive between ₦16000 and ₦26,000 as monthly stipends.
Jigawa state is not different from other states in the north in terms of cost of living.
So, you might want to consider it.
9. Osun State:
Osun state has been consistent in paying corps members serving in the state a monthly stipend of ₦5,000.
The people of Osun State are cheerfully generous and well accomodating. This is not what I was told but experienced. Foods are way cheaper than Lagos and other parts of South-Western Nigeria. Housing and transportation are also very cheap.
10. Ekiti State
Ekiti State is another state among the NYSC paying state Allawee. If you’re lucky to be posted in Ekiti State, you will enjoy your stay. Food items are very cheap, and transportation including accommodation is at a low cost. In fact, you can get free accommodation for ye duration of your service.
Ekiti state pays their NYSC members a monthly stipend of ₦5,000.
11. Ogun state
Next on my list is Ogun state. Ogun state has one of the beautiful NYSC camps in the country.
The state government pays a stipend of ₦5,000 to Corps Members serving in the state.
12. Oyo State
Oyo state can not be left out of this list at all. The state government has been consistent in paying every corps member posted to the state.
Even though Oyo state is a big megacity, prices of commodities, transportation, and accommodation are way cheaper than that of Lagos state. When it comes to food items, Oyo state is home to varieties at affordable rates.
The state government also pays a sum of ₦5,000 stipends to its serving corps members.
Which state has the best NYSC camp in Nigeria?
Ogun State Permanent Orientation Camp, Ikenne Road, Sagamu Local Government has the best orientation camp in Nigeria.
How much do they pay NYSC doctors?
NYSC Doctor’s Allawee can range between ₦15,000 to ₦30,000 depending on the state and the hospital the corps member is posted to serve.