Sunyani, April 12, GNA – The Private Universities Students’ Association of Ghana (PUSAG), has described the intention of the National Service Scheme to deploy National Service Personnel, to direct traffic as inappropriate.
A statement signed by Mr Elias Zigah, President and Mr Michael Sumaila, Media Relations Officer of PUSAG in Sunyani on Thursday and copied to the Ghana News Agency, appealed to the scheme to reconsider the decision.
‘There are personnel from the National Road Safety Commission, Zoomlion Ghana Limited and Motor Traffic and Transport Unit of the Ghana Police Service, undertaking this same task,’ the statement said.
It noted that although the National Service Act 426 authorises the Secretariat to post personnel to any field of choice, asking service personnel to direct traffic ‘leaves a lot to be desired’.
‘We believe it is important for us as a nation to set our priorities right to consider the major issues, especially on the part of our institutions in dealing with the major challenges like graduate unemployment.’
The statement proposed that since the private sector is the engine of economic growth and employment powerhouse, it should be empowered by government to increase its capacity in absorbing more National Service Personnel as a means of overcoming the challenge of graduate unemployment.