The Executive Director of the National Service Scheme (NSS), Mr. Osei Assibey Antwi, has advised national service personnel to take the ongoing registration exercise very seriously to avoid any mistake that could delay payment of their allowances.
Besides, he sent a stern caution to the service personnel not to allow themselves to be duped by fraudsters on the pretext of changing their placement for them.
Hon.Osei Assibey Antwi with Ash Regional Director,Mr Prince Kankam Boadu and Kumasi Metro NSS Director,Mr.Asaase Gyimah
According to him, a system has been put in place to ensure that both the giver and the payer of money attempting to influence the process are made to face the full rigour of the law.
Mr. Assibey Antwi, who is on a national tour to monitor the ongoing registration exercise of the 2023/2024 service which started on Monday,16th October 2023, made the call in Kumasi.
The NSS Boss, who was accompanied by the Ashanti Regional Director of the scheme,Mr Prince Kankam Boadu,started the monitoring exercise at the registration centres at the regional headquarters in Kumasi.
They also visited registration centres at Jubilee Park and KNUST Commercial Centre.
Per the timetable of the scheme, regional validation and registration began on Monday, 16th October 2023 at all centres across the country. The 2023/2024 National Service Year will commence on Wednesday, 1st November 2023.
Mr. Assibey Antwi pointed out that management of NSS does not support change of postings and, therefore, wishes to caution national service personnel to avoid getting in contact with faceless individuals or groups to have their postings changed for them.
Hence, he stressed that anyone with genuine concerns should report to appropriate quarters for redress.
During the tour, the NSS Boss helped to address the concerns of some service personnel to enable them to go through the registration exercise.
The NSS Executive Director also advised selected banks that provide E-Zwich for service personnel to double check the details of service personnel to avoid mistakes.
He lamented that as a result of conflicting information on the E-Zwich of some service personnel, it caused delays in paying the affected individuals and that situation should be avoided.
He extended his best wishes to all service personnel as they take up their civic and patriotic responsibilities to serve Mother Ghana.
He also advised some selected service personnel, who were undergoing a two-week pedagogical training at KNUST, to prepare very well for teaching at the senior high school (SHS) level during their service period.
The NSS Boss revealed that from 2017 to date, 800,000 university graduates had been posted for national service.
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In the 2023/2024 service year, the scheme has targeted to post about 160,000 people, including teachers and nurses. The first batch placed a little over 122,000 service personnel.
He encouraged participants to take the training seriously for their own benefits. “We’re not here to make life uncomfortable for anyone. Let’s all come together to help solve the unemployment problem in Ghana,” he added.