NSS postings out 6pm today

The National Service Scheme (NSS) has de­bunked news making rounds that there will be no postings this year due to the Ebola scare.

Consequently, the NSS at a press conference yesterday an­nounced that postings will be released at 6pm today.

Graduates have been de­ployed to government priority areas such as agriculture, edu­cation, health, local govern­ment, military, co-operatives and any other areas deemed necessary.

Sectors for postings will in­clude education, with a total 36,825; 3,157 of this number will be deployed to the tertiary education level to support training institutions in faculty work, research and administra­tion.

The health sector also re­ceived 2,685 persons to sup­port health delivery, especially in clinics, hospitals, immunisa­tion centres and the National Health Insurance Scheme, making 4% of the total num­ber.

The scheme continued its support to the private sector to meet their human resource re­quirements with 10,427 per­sonnel, which represent 13.2% of the total service deployment.

The scheme has specifically deployed personnel with Plan­ning and Surveying back­grounds to all the MMDAs and District Assemblies to support their social service pro­grammes.

The focus of the 2014-15 scheme is to vigorously pur­sue the Youth in Agriculture through its agriculture proj­ects.

Speaking at the press con­ference, the Executive Direc­tor of NSS, Alhaji Alhassan Imoro, revealed that some­times they are criticised by sections of the public for posting young graduates to certain parts of the country.

He said the deployment is heavily influenced by the government’s priority devel­opment programme and the demands of user agencies, as well as carrying the capacity of the regions.

The breakdown for the various regions is as follows: Greater Accra, leading with a number of 22,824; Ashanti Region – 13,537; Upper East – 2,264; Volta – 3,837; Brong Ahafo – 5,993; Northern – 5,256; Eastem-5,611; West­ern – 4,5.90; and Central – 4,615.

In all, 71,198 National Serv­ice personnel were deployed for the year 2014/2015.

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