All the information about NYSC POP…
POP means Passing Out Parade. It is the final component of the NYSC cardinal points. It is the day when corps members who have successfully completed their national service receive their discharge certificates.
The ceremony is entertaining, as governors, state coordinators, and other NYSC officials attend. Some corps members receive awards, while others who have issues are sanctioned.
In order to avoid being sanctioned on your POP day, you need to know the right things to do, when to do them and how.
1. 3 weeks before POP
- Release of passing-out corps members by employers
- Sensitization of corps members on job creation/opportunities after service. This will be done at the Local Government level, using relevant officers/NYSC/NDE officers.
2. Final Week
- Registration/Clearing of Corps members by Local Government Inspectors
- The signing of final clearance by Zonal Inspectors
- Administration of Questionnaire (Form 4 B) on 30% of the passing-out corps members.
3. POP Day
- Distribution of Certificates of National Service to deserving corps members.
For more info, check the NYSC website here.
How to Prepare for Your NYSC POP
Follow these guidelines to effectively prepare for your POP:
1. Actively Participate in all NYSC Activities
There are three things you must do during your service year. One, your work at your PPA – primary place of assignment. You must take this very seriously. Two, your weekly CDS – Community Development Service. And finally, your monthly clearance at your NYSC Local Government Office.
You must show proof that you have been faithful in all these before you can do your POP. If not, your service year may be extended or other sanctions meted on you.
2. Get Final Clearance From Your PPA
The first stage of your final clearance is done at your PPA.
This clearance and report from your workplace is very important. The final clearance is done three weeks before your POP. Without it, you will not be eligible for the POP or get your discharge certificate.
Keeping this in mind, you must maintain good behavior before your employer (PPA).
3. Final Clearance by Your LGI and ZI
Your Local Government Inspector (LGI) and Zonal Inspector (ZI) must then clear you to be eligible for the POP.
These officials will sign the form you received from your workplace, as well as additional forms, such as the 4B and CDS clearance forms, among others.
Documents needed for the final clearance are
- Final Clearance letter from your PPA
- NYSC ID card
- Posting Letter
Any corps member that is not cleared by the Local Government and Zonal office will not be issued a certificate.
4. Make Necessary Payments for Your Final CDS Project and POP Magazines
The POP magazine contains photographs of all passing-out corps members in the state arranged according to their various local governments.
5. Attend the Final Meetings for POP
Meetings will be scheduled prior to your POP for all passing-out corps members. Attendance at this meeting is essential since key information concerning the POP day is provided. As a result of their absence from this meeting, some corps members have been prohibited from receiving their discharge certificates.
6. On Your POP Day, Make Sure You Wear Your Complete NYSC Uniform
You must make sure to attend your POP ceremony in your complete 7/7 uniform. The complete uniform comprises of NYSC cap, crested vest, khaki trousers, khaki jacket, belt, jungle booth and socks.
Prepare your uniform, iron them, and appear decent. Don’t wear colored shoes or fly shirts.
So many have been sanctioned for breaking the dress code.
7. Go with your NYSC ID Card and arrive on time
Arrive on time and sit quietly, listening to and following all instructions.
Don’t forget to carry your ID card. The ID card will be vital on that day because it will be used to swap for your discharge certificate. And then, carry a pen along with you. You will need it to write and sign your discharge certificate.
I enjoin you to carefully review all of the above and firmly adhere to them for a smooth and effective passing out exercise.