General News of Monday, 30 January 2017
Minister-designate of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Ms Otiko Afisa Djaba, has disclosed that she did not do her national service.
Ms Djaba, a graduate of the University for Development Studies (UDS), told parliament’s Appointments Committee on Monday, 30 January: “I did not do national service because I was not in Ghana.”
Ghanaian students who graduate from accredited tertiary institutions are required by law to do a one-year national service to the country.
Candidates for national service may on application be exempted from service by the National Service Board on production of valid documentary evidence establishing that an individual has undertaken National Service at an earlier date.
Additionally, graduates who are 40 years old or more could be exempted from undertaking national service.
However, Ms Otiko explained to the committee that she travelled outside the country and could not have the opportunity to participate in the one-year service to the nation.