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History of CDS In NYSC

The Community Development service of the NYSC is as old as the scheme itself.  It has been reviewed overtime to meet the challenges of service.  At inception, it was known as Traditional Community Development Service (TCD) whereby corps members were called to a pre-determined location to execute projects within four weeks.  Corps members were usually withdrawn from their various places of primary assignment and concentrated in a particular community working with the local people on an approved project.

As time went on, the weaknesses of this arrangement began to manifest as many projects could not be completed within the four weeks period due to the several logistics problems.  The problem of moving corps members out of their localities to execute projects also became a sore point.  The managers of the Scheme rose to these challenges by adopting a pragmatic approach of changing the TCD to Year Round Community Development  (YRCD) during the 1984/85 service year.

By this arrangement, corps members carry out their CDS activities not just at a particular period of the year but all through the service year without having to leave their host communities. CDS activities are also carried out along side with the primary assignment.  Benefit of the YRCD is that it allows corps members enough time to complete their projects and has also given ingenious corps members the time and latitude to design, fabricate, innovate or invent simple technological tools and equipment.


After choosing a community of your choice for your project, the next engagement is ‘Community entry’ in order to get to the group of people you want to meet.

Community Entry.

This simply means getting to know and interact with the people in your chosen community. It allows you to move freely and interact with people of your community well enough.

BAALE/EMIR/OBA (Village Chief): This is the most important person in the community, he/she is the most superior and has final say of a community’s activities. He is the person you present your introductory letter (this is gotten from your CDS Coordinator). He will then introduce you to the community chairman and other officials of the community. We should however note that the officials of the community can be parents or friends of the target audience

Local Stakeholders Engagement

They provide you with expert input and solutions directly to the decision makers through advisory roles or expert discussion groups. Through this, the time and meeting venue will be determined. Easy access to the people of the community especially your target audience is fully achieved here as you are being fully introduced to them.

NYSC Engagement.

This is the most important aspect of your project. Without the knowledge of your Local Government Inspector (LGI), Zonal inspector and your CDS coordinator, your efforts based on your project is forfeited.

A typed proposal letter should be submitted to the Local Government Inspector (LGI), also indicating your aim/intension, cost of project, project location, group of people or the particular thing you are aiming at, names of sponsors (either philanthropist or organizations), operation channel, main challenges, scope of the project and schedule of the project.

Follow up must be made to ensure the approval of your project starting from your Local Government Inspector (LGI) to your Zonal inspector and finally at the State Secretariat.



                Hammed Kolade,


National Youth Service Corp Member,

Lagos, Nigeria



The State Coordinator,

National Youth Service Corps,

Surulere, Lagos.


Through: The Head, Community Development Service

Through: The Zonal Inspector, Zone D

Through: The Local Government Inspector,

Ajeromi Ifelodun Local Government

Dear Madam,


I write to kindly request for your approval of my personal community development project called The Bridge: Adopt a School; Adopt a Hood Project. My Name Hammed Kolade, A 2012 Batch A Corp Member Serving at Ologun Secondary School, Ijora Badia.


For anybody to achieve his/her  full potential there are certain key factors that needs to be put in place around such a person, two of such factors is the quality of their environment and quality of information they are exposed to.  Having done critical research and observation around Ijora Badia , I have found out that a lot of young people in the neighborhood are not able to live up to their full  potential because of the poor quality of infrastructures around them and also their lack of access to quality information that can develop their leadership capability and improve their well being

It is to this end that The Bridge Project is being developed to overcome these challenges in Ijora Badia neighborhood.


The mission of the project is‎ ‎​to equip youths in the neighborhood of Ijora Badia with information, skills and infrastructures that will enhance their well being and make them become responsible leaders.


  • To build a well equipped multimedia leadership centre at Ologun Junior College
  • To Renovate the bore hole in Ologun Junior College and combat the challenges of water been faced by the people in the community.
  • To build a state of the art multi-media library with books that will help develop the academic and leadership capability of the youth in the neighborhood.
  • To set up a readers club that will help promote reading culture among the youth
  • Training of selected youths in the neighborhood on specialized skills that can make them economically sustainable.
  • To launch a newsletter publication called ‘The Bridge’ which will focus on making relevant international and local information available to the youths in the neighborhood.
  • To start IVLEAD ( I volunteer for leadership), a leadership development club that develop the capacity of the youths in the area to respond to the challenges combating their community.


  • Conduct advocacy visit ‎​to all the key stakeholders, which includes: The school principal, Students, Sponsors, NYSC, Ministry of Education, Community members, etc.
  • Preparation and submission of proposal ‎​to all key stakeholders
  • Mobilization of team members for the execution of the project.
  • Mobilization of resouces for each project
  • Execution of projects
  • Commissioning of project
  • Preparation and submission of reports.


The Project will run from Nov 2012 – Jan 2013 and continue as a Social Enterprise post NYSC



The challenge of bureaucracy and prompt response within sponsors organization. This shall be mitigated by ensuring that key decision makers in the organisation are well carried along on the project timeline.

Thank you and I look forward to a prompt response from you.

Yours truly,


Hammed Kolade,





  1. Ogwu Ikechukwu says:

    This is very insightful. Provides ideas on how to set up a personal project and move for its approval through the appropriate authorities.

  2. Serene says:

    This has shown me what my proposal should look like. Thanks.

  3. Folami-A says:

    This is a awesome template. Good work @Faidat

  4. Onuorah promise says:

    Thanks for the information, but my question is can a CDs project be done only in your community or any part of the local government area you are been posted too?

  5. Timi says:

    This insightful information

  6. Williams o otsai says:

    Very informative, thanks alot for this powerful piece best regards

  7. Emmanuel says:

    I enjoy the article

  8. Kevin says:

    Thanks for the wonderful manual

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