Federal Republic of Nigeria


Application for the Direct Short Service Commission Course 26/2022 has begun, and this notice is to alert the general public. You have until the end of May 2022 to submit your application.

Direct Short Service Commission (DSSC) Course 26/2022 and Short Service Combatant (SSC) are both available through this portal (SSC). Before submitting an application, you should read and comprehend the various sorts of commissions. The Nigerian Army (NA) is accepting applications from qualified citizens of Nigeria for appointment as officers on the Direct Short Service Commission (DSSC) Course 26/2022.


Summary of Scholarships

  • Level of Study: Training Service
  • Institution(s): Nigeria Army Direct Short Service Commission (DSSC)
  • Study in: Nigeria
  • Program Period:  4 years
  • Deadline:  25 Mar 22 – 6 May 22


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Coverage of Scholarships 

  • In all, DSSC will be issued for 15 years, with an initial 8 year term and annual renewals. The conversion to regular commission after 3 years may be approved. Other Service terms:
  • First three years of service for DSSC officers shall be probationary.
  • It is not automatic, but requires a commissioned officer to apply. A vacancy and other factors may be used to determine eligibility.
  • c. Before being commissioned into the NA, all graduating officer cadets must sign an acceptance of the Direct Short Service Commission terms.  
  • On the other hand, the date of enlistment for military candidates will be used to calculate the service time.
  • e. Upon completion of military training, officers are promoted to Major with seniority.
  • (Exception: medical consultants, who will be commissioned as Majors) Lieutenant cadets will get seniority upon completion of military training.


Eligibility Standards 

Applications should be made to any of the NA’s Corps and Services:

Nigerian Engineers These include Land Surveyor, Electrical/Electronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Marine/Water Engineering, Architecture, and Building Engineering/Technology. Professional groups like the Nigerian Society of Engineers and Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) must be registered.

AIC (Army Intelligence Corps) Any of the following degrees or HND (Lower Credit) will suffice: Crypto Linguists (Arabic), Data Analyst, Social Media Specialist, and Digital Forensics/Forensic Analysis.

  1. NAMCO All NA Medical Corps applicants must show proof of professional registration and current practice license. Other requirements:

Diverse Medical Consultant

Physicians (cardiologists, endocrinologists, nephrologists, and neurologists), Ophthalmologists, Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Pediatricians, and Family Medicine Physicians are also possible candidates. Applicants must additionally meet the criteria:

(a) Fellow of the Nigerian Postgraduate Medical College or equivalent.

(c) Be under 40 by July 2022

(c) Full MDCN registration for undergraduate degree and subsequent qualification registration as appropriate.

(d) Must hold a current MDCN license.

(2) Physicians (Non Consultants). Applicants must hold an MBBS/BDS degree or equivalent and be fully registered with the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria.

(3) Dentists Candidate must hold a 2nd class degree and be properly registered with applicable professional organisations

Nurses. Applicants must hold a BSc (Second Class) in Pediatrics or Nephrology, or be in one of the groups listed below: The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria requires Orthopedic, Anesthetist, Registered or Psychiatric Nurses to be completely registered.

(5) RN. To apply, you must have an MSc in Nursing and be a member of the Nursing and Midwifery

(6) Medical Assistants. In either speech or occupational therapy, applicants must have a second class lower degree.

PHARMACISTS Applicants must hold a Bachelor of Pharmacy and be registered with the Nigerian Pharmacist Council

  1. NAFOR. Applicants must hold a BSc, B Eng, BA (Second Class Lower) or HND (Lower Credit) in one or more of the following: Textile Technology, Graphic Design, Explosive Science and Technology.

Nigerian Army Military Police Applicants must have a BSc, BA (Second Class Lower) or HND (Lower Credit) in Forensic Science or Psychology to qualify.

  1. NACE. Minimum of BSc (Ed) Second Class Lower in Museology, Archival Studies, or Curriculum Development/Studies. All Education Corps applicants must show proof of professional registration.

NAF Band Corps Applicants must have a BA (Second Class Lower) or HND Lower Credit or equivalent in Music with ARAM and ARCM (ARCM).

  1. Army Public Relations. • Strategic Communication and Public Relations, Printing Technology, Animation and Graphic Design, and Cinematography. Applicants must show proof of membership in a professional media or journalism organization.
  2. Islamic Affairs Direction. They should have at least a BA or B Ed (second class lower) in Hadith and Islamic Studies, Tafseer (Exegesis) and Qur’anic Science, Islamic Theology and Hadith, Islamic Propagation and Religious Studies, Islamic Theology, and Hadith from recognized Nigerian universities, Azhar University in Cairo, or Saudi University. Each applicant must provide a character reference from a respected Islamic religious organization in Nigeria. Applicants must speak Arabic and English.
  3. Chaplain Services (Protestant). Applicants must hold a BA (second class lower) in Divinity Theology from one of the NA Directorate of Chaplain Services’ authorized seminaries/universities (Protestant). Applicants must be from one of the 18 major Protestant groups. Soldier applicants must have 6 years of chaplaincy experience and be verified and endorsed by the NA Directorate of Chaplain Services (Protestant). Ordination, attestation, and certification by an ordained Bishop are required.
  4. Chaplain Services (Roman Catholic). Bachelor of Arts (second class lower) in Philosophy or Theology, or be an Ordained Catholic Priest from a Roman Catholic authorized seminary, associated with a NUC certified university, or Urbanian University, Rome, to apply. Applicants must be in good standing in the church and have documentation of ordination. The NA Directorate of Chaplain Services must approve applicants (Roman Catholic).



Who Can Join The Nigerian Army Direct Short Service Commission?

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a Nigerian as specified in the Nigerian Constitution.
  • Be between the ages of 20 and 30 years old. By July 2022, medical consultants may be aged 25–40.
  • Be medically, psychologically, and physically fit.
  • identifiable referees must be either a Local Government Chairman/Secretary, an officer of the Armed Forces not below the level of Lieutenant Colonel and equivalent, or an Assistant Commissioner of Police and above. Referees’ passport photos must be affixed to the letter.
  • Former institutions must certify applicants.
  • Males 1.68m, ladies 1.65m (for females
  • No criminal convictions in any court. Applicants must be free of disciplinary cases and supported by their Commanding Officer/Commander.
  • Possess a first degree with at least Second Class Lower Division or HND with at last Lower Credit from an authorized university.
  • The National Population Commission, Hospital, or Local Government Council must certify the birth certificate.
  • A valid state of origin certificate.
  •  Applicants must have a valid NYSC discharge certificate or exemption certificate.
  • Professional graduates must be registered with appropriate regulating authorities recognized by Nigerian Laws before to cadet training
  • Selected academic credentials from 2011 onwards will be evaluated.
  •  Applicants must provide authentic contact information for parents/guardians and Next of Kin.
  • No body inscriptions or tattoos.
  • Original copies of educational certificates (primary to post secondary).
  •  Service members must provide valid military ID cards and Commanding Officer/Commander recommendation letters. In addition, they must provide authentic NA sponsorship letters to universities (where applicable). They must also have served in the unit for a minimum of 5 years.
  • No cult/society/fraternity membership required.
  • Ability to swim is a plus.


 How can I apply for Essay Competition 2022 West African Students?

(1) Visit the NA website (LINK below) and select the DSSC option.

(2) You will be led to the website with the current DSSC course qualification criteria.

(3) Select the “Apply Now” option for your qualification.

(4) At the prompt, pick if you are now serving or have previously served in the Nigerian Armed Forces.

For new accounts, click “Sign Up” (a verification email will be sent) or input your login details and log in.

(6) Fill out the form and upload the relevant documents:

a Passport photo

  1. b) Diplomas
  2. c) Proof of professional membership.
  3. d) Origin certificate
  4. e) Birth certificate or age verification

(7) Applicants should be aware that qualification options vary depending on preferred corps

  1. Print. Applicants must print their online photo-slip after submitting their application. Signed by the Registrar of any Court, the second page by the petitioners’ Local Government Chairman/Secretary or any military officer of the rank of Lieutenant Colonel or equivalent. Successful applicants will be asked to take a written examination at a centre chosen by them or assigned. At the Examination Centres and at the interview, successful candidates would also exhibit their printed photo-slips.


Scholarship Official Website

Visit the official website Nigeria Army Direct Short Service Commission (DSSC) to apply

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Earlier, it was announced that the Federal Government and the Federal executives of ASUU were to hold a meeting today on their Industrial action which has brought academic activities of Students in Federal varsities to a halt.

University students across the country will know the fate of their education today as the Federal government delegation and ASUU have met for the last time in the year 2020 to find how to end the lingering strike.

This meeting makes it the ninth time that both parties have been meeting behind closed doors to agree on steps to take to end the strike.

At previous meetings, the Federal government had agreed to pay members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) an earned allowance of 40 billion and 30 billion revitalization fee which would be used in equipping the Universities and make the academic environment conducive for students to learn.

Despite this agreement, one major issue which has been a bone of contention for both parties is the payment of withheld salaries.

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Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, had earlier said that if the Lecturers do not resume to their classes, the government would not pay them the withheld salaries.

But the Lecturers on the other hand have come out to say that they do not trust government, and that they would not resume until they are paid.
Intermittently, both parties have given conflicting submissions on what they have agreed, although not all.

Upon the completion of their last meeting, both parties refused to speak with the press on the outcome in a bid not to discourage students.

Today’s meeting was scheduled to hold by 4pm at the Minister of Labour’s conference room. However, prior to the time of the meeting, Chris Ngige said that he is very optimistic about the meeting, and that Varsities across the country will call of their strike by January 2021.

He said: “Tuesday, we will meet in the afternoon and we will compare notes. We will put everything on the table and compare. I believe that we might have come to the end of the strike when we meet tomorrow. Well, it is a journey of a thousand miles which you will have to take one step first. Tomorrow, all things being equal, we will agree now to agree because we were disagreeing before.

“We disagree to agree and agree to disagree formerly. But tomorrow, I hope we will agree to agree. Once we do that, schools will reopen in January.”

It was also gathered that the Federal government has begun to pay Lecturers their withheld salaries. At least, some of the Lecturers have gotten one or two months salaries from the eight months salaries the government owes them.

ASUU procedure to end strike
Before ASUU would call off its strike, there are procedures that must first be followed.
The National President of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi said the group of union officials who have been negotiating with the government delegation every time do not have the constitutional powers to call off or suspend strike.
What they do is that after every negotiation, and after the government puts out any offer, they have to go back to members in all the branches through their various organs for them to discuss and come to an agreement, after which they will revert back to the Federal Government.

Meanwhile, a member whose identity wasn’t disclosed, told BBC Pidgin that if the government meets all their needs, it is probable that the union will hold their NEC meeting between Tuesday and Wednesday to call of their strike.

Covid-19 regulation
Even if ASUU and the FG resolve their issues, and the strike is called off, one major issue which would delay the reopening of universities is the resurgence of covid-19.

Ergo, School authorities will have to put in place plenty measures to ensure that the school environments are safe for students to come in and learn.

As the year draws its curtain, apparently, university students cannot return to school again this year, but there is much hope that schools will resume early next year.

How did the ASUU Strike start?

On the 9th day of March 2020, ASUU began a 2week warning strike to protest no-pay of salary to lecturers who are not registered under the federal government’s Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS).

They argued that the IPPIS would not work for Lecturers because it does not put into consideration, the special way in which universities operate.

The FG introduced the IPPIS programme to monitor transparency in the academic sector. The 2week warning strike however was what metamorphosed into the ongoing strike.


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Amid threats of sanction from the Federal Government over its investigative report on the shootings at Lekki toll plaza during the #EndSARS protests, CNN has released a second report on the incident.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, had last week described CNN’s report on the Lekki shootings as poor journalism, adding that the network deserved to be sanctioned.

Mohammed also followed up the threat with a letter addressed to the management of CNN in Atlanta.

However, the network on Tuesday did a second report with more damning footage showing soldiers shooting at unarmed protesters on October 20, 2020.

The fresh report also shows the Commander, 81 Division, Brig.Gen Ahmed Taiwo, admitting before the judicial panel in Lagos that his men indeed took live ammunition to the tollgate.

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The CNN report also highlights the fact that Brig.Gen Taiwo’s claim is at variance with the minister’s who had claimed last week that the army fired blank bullets.

The fresh report also shows protesters running as soldiers open fire at the tollgate.

The National Broadcasting Commission, which is overseen by the information minister, had last month slammed hefty fines on three Nigerian television stations for daring to use some of the footage which CNN has also used.

The Federal Government has been receiving flak from members of the United Kingdom Parliament and Amnesty International over the killing of protesters.


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With the Asuu Strike partly raging the Education sector of Nigeria, ZONAL chapters of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have said they will meet this week to review the union’s ongoing strike.

The national body of the union and the Federal Government could not agree on the universities teachers’ demands, apart from the N65 billion the government released to the union last week.

ASUU Chairman at the Abia State University (ABSU), Mr. Victor U. Nkemdirim, announced yesterday that the union would meet tomorrow to discuss and pass a resolution on the lingering face-off between the government and the union’s members.

Nkemdirim, who said he was in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, for a zonal meeting of the union, told The Nation on phone that the union’s members in the zone would examine a memorandum from the national body and later take a position on it.

The union leader said the members would report back to the national leadership on the zone’s position.

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“The ASUU national body asked various chapters nationwide to hold congresses between Monday and Wednesday to deliberate the resolutions on the items being discussed. Ours will be on Wednesday. We have no resolution for now until the congress meets by 7 a.m on Wednesday.”

But the union’s chairperson at Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU), Prof. Chinyere Echendu, spoke with The Nation yesterday on phone at the end of the chapter’s meeting.

She said the university’s chapter had sent its position to the zonal chapter, which would communicate same to the national body.

On the position of the union at the end of the meeting, Prof. Echendu said: “As a branch, we have met and considered the proposal of the government.

“We have taken a resolution and have given the mandate back (to the national body) to continue with the meeting by Friday.

“It is not possible to tell you the resolutions that we reached. We have taken a position in my branch and the position we have given to our zonal coordinator, which he will present to the national body. The national body will present this to the national strike committee. The national strike committee will present it to the Federal Government.

“Whatever each branch has presented will be brought together for consideration and for a position to be taken.

“That is the way it works. There is nothing like yes or no answer in what you are asking me.”

The Sokoto zone of the union yesterday said it was also holding consultations on the latest overtures by the Federal Government before a meeting at the National Executive Council (NEC) level will determine its next line of action on the union’s strike.

The Zonal Coordinator, Dr. Jamilu Shehu, told The Nation that there is ongoing consultations in the various zones on the offer made by the federal government which could take up to next week before a final decision is conveyed to the National Executive Committee of ASUU for further action

Shehu, who also oversees varsities in Sokoto, Kebbi, Katsina states, insisted that the consultations must be concluded before any announcement by the NEC of the association.

The chairman of ASUU chapter at the University of Jos (UNIJOS), Dr. Lazarus Maigoro, also said the chapter was still awaiting details of the overture by the Federal Government to the national body.

Maigoro, who spoke on phone with The Nation in Jos, said: “Government has made some offers but the details are not yet available to us.

“Consultations are still ongoing on the way forward.”

ASUU Chairman at the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai (IBBUL), Dr. Kudu Dangana said: “The Federal Government is not serious. There are very important issues to address as raised by ASUU, but the Federal Government is playing with our demands.”

SOURCE: The Nation

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Nigeria has lapsed again into recession under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

With the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) disclosing that the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) stood at 3.62 percent in the third quarter of 2020, Nigeria entered her second recession in five years, and third recession under Buhari.

While Nigeria plunged into recession in the 80s (during Buhari’s military rule), the country entered its first recession under the president’s democratic rule in 2016.

In its report, NBS stated that the performance of the economy in the third quarter of 2020 reflected “residual effects of the restrictions to movement and economic activity implemented across the country in early Q2 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As these restrictions were lifted, businesses re-opened and international travel and trading activities resumed, some economic activities have returned to positive growth.”

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Possible reasons for the worst economic decline in nearly 40 years
It is an open secret that the Nigerian economy immensely suffered from the raging COVID-19 pandemic, which caused a significant decline in oil revenues as global economic activities stalled for months.

Oil production fell to 1.67 million barrels a day from 1.81 million barrels in the previous quarter, according to Bloomberg figures, the lowest since the third quarter in 2016 when the economy last experienced a recession.

SOURCE: Newsrand

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President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that the Federal Government alone can’t finance universities in Nigeria.

Buhari said the private sector must be involved in financing universities in the country because the burden is too much for the government alone.

Speaking at the 2020 convocation and 72nd foundation day celebration of the University of Ibadan on Tuesday, the President said universities should make themselves attractive to the private sector.

The President was represented at the occasion by the Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, NUC, Prof Abubakar Rasheed.

He charged universities to come up with programmes that would help his government in reducing poverty and improving the health sector.

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He said: “It must be noted that the government alone cannot carry the enormous burden of financing education. The private sector must be actively involved in the task of providing quality education for Nigerians.

“It is my expectation that universities will make themselves attractive to the private sector, define their roles and carve out a niche by designing programmes that will progressively assist the Government in addressing poverty reduction, improving the health sector.”


Buhari also warned heads of governing councils of Nigerian universities against mismanaging the process of appointing vice-chancellors.

He noted that the governing councils would be held responsible for the outcome of the process.

“Pro-Chancellors, in their dual role as chairpersons of governing councils and chairpersons of the five-person selection committee for the appointment of Vice-Chancellors, must be prepared to bear full responsibility for the management or mismanagement of the process.”

Meanwhile, Buhari had promised to meet all the demands of unions in the educational sector in Nigeria.

SOURCE: DailyPost.ng

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President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed concern over the protracted strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU) saying this has caused enough devastation in the lives of students and the universities alike, urging university teachers to return to their classrooms.

He has also warned the Pro-Chancellors and Chairmen of Governing Councils of Nigerian universities against violation of due process in the appointment of new Vice-Chancellors leading to the leadership crisis in some of the institutions.

Speaking at the 2020 convocation and 72nd foundation day celebration of the University of Ibadan on Tuesday, Buhari warned that henceforth the heads of the Councils would be held responsible for the outcome of the process.

He said the government was worried about plethora of petitions, many bordering on serious allegations of bribery and corruption as well as disrespect for due process, in the course of selecting new vice-chancellors in some federal universities.

The President who is the Visitor to the University was represented by the Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Abubakar Rasheed.

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On ASUU industrial dispute, Buhari said the strike has gone on for far too long and caused enough devastation in the lives of students.

He said: “I wish to assure all stakeholders, in the education sector, that the Federal Government will continue to meet its obligations and agreements with all unions.

“I also make bold to say that the Government is not unmindful of the special role of our universities in the upliftment of the socio-economic life of our nation. It is my earnest desire that all unions should shed the toga of confrontation and embrace dialogue, for the sake of our children and the development of our educational system.

Read also: ASUU Insists on Salary Payment During Strike

“However, it must be noted that Government alone cannot carry the enormous burden of financing education. The private sector must be actively involved in the task of providing quality education for Nigerians.

“It is my expectation that universities will make themselves attractive to the private sector, define their roles and carve out a niche by designing programmes that will progressively assist Government in addressing poverty reduction, improving the health sector, the application of new technologies for the advancement of knowledge, advancing equality, protecting the environment, promoting and sustaining human development as well as sustaining democracy and good governance,” he said.

He warned that government would not hesitate to dissolve or suspend all erring governing councils or university managements found to have fallen short of the standard expected of them.

He said the government has set in motion several mechanisms to monitor the selection process of VCs with a view to taking appropriate measures to ensure that the processes are conducted in an open, fair and transparent manner and that all violators are properly sanctioned.

“Pro-Chancellors, in their dual role as chairpersons of governing councils and chairpersons of the five-person selection committee for the appointment of Vice-Chancellors, must be prepared to bear full responsibility for the management or mismanagement of the process. It is our hope the University of Ibadan, as Nigeria’s premier university, will live up to its billing in this respect.

While stating that government has strengthened institutions such the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, in the fight against corruption, the president said it is not useful to talk of adequate funding of education if universities are mired in crisis, confusion, fraud and lack of institutional vision.

“I am glad to say that these organisations are working relentlessly to tackle corruption in all its ramifications and to promote the well-being of this nation. It is our collective responsibility to work together and stamp out corruption from our society. Government is determined to continue to fight corruption at all levels, including in our tertiary institutions.

Buhari assured the university community that the federal government will continue to meet its obligations to universities and the education sector while noting that government is not unmindful of the special role of the nation’s universities in the upliftment of the socio-economic wellbeing of citizens.

“For this reason, the Government shall continue to give the necessary support to enable the universities to achieve the objectives for which they were established. The universities, on their own part, will need to reciprocate the kind gesture of Government by striving, at all time, to measure up to expectation and to justify the huge investment on them.

The President commended the University of Ibadan for sustaining its reputation as the premier university in Nigeria, describing as a great pride for its ranking among the first 500 universities in the world.

In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Prof Abel Idowu Olayinka, noted that a total of 528 students graduated with first degrees in various disciplines across all faculties of the institution, while 220 persons were awarded Master degrees.

Olayinka also disclosed that 89 postgraduate diplomas were awarded while 37 candidates were awarded Doctor of Philosophy Degrees, PhDs.

He noted that the university was ranked 401 in the first 500 universities in the world by the Times Higher Education for 2021, despite challenges of funding.

The university also conferred honorary degrees and fellowships on Lt. General Theophilus Danjuma, Dr Olaywola Francis, Chief Mrs Comfort Ayodele Idowu and Mr John G.

SOURCE: The Nigerian Tribune.

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The Federal Government of Nigeria is considering supplying electricity to the Republic of Chad following a recent request by the neighbouring West African country.

The Transmission Company of Nigeria made the disclosure on Sunday, after a meeting which was held last week to discuss the possibilities of connecting Chad to the national grid.

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“Meeting between Ministry of Power, TCN, and the Chadian Minister of Energy, Mrs Ramatou Mahamat Houtouin, to discuss the possibilities of connecting the Republic of Chad to the Nigerian national grid [was held] on Wednesday, October 21, 2020,” the TCN said on its Twitter handle on Sunday, alongside pictures of the meeting.

Source: Correctng.com

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