Mustapha Usif in a handshake with a staff member
The management of Ghana National Service Scheme (NSS) has organized a maidenstakeholder’s conference on postings to the private sector or non-subvented organizations.
The conference was held under theme “Improving Private Sector Participation in National Service”
The event which brought together regional directors of the scheme and anumber of representatives from private and public institutions was held at the MPlaza Hotel located at the Airport Residential Area, Accra on Wednesday.
The Ag. Executive Director of NSS, Mustapha Ussif explained that the stakeholders conference was part of efforts by management to re-position itself to deliver effectively on its mandate to state and clients.
Mr. Ussif mentioned that it was also a platform to engage the stakeholders from the private sector in an effort to identify common grounds that works well for the scheme and their partners alike.
“Currently with the government’s priority to support the private sector, there is the need to further increase the support by way of deployment to the private sector through a systematic collaboration, having in mind that the private sector is the engine of growth of any economy,” he stated.
He further mentioned that although the NSS has in recent times come under public criticism, he believed that this maidenstakeholder’s conference was a starting point to source relevant information for strengthening the scheme in the future.
Mr. Usif said the scheme currently deploys graduates from 117 accredited tertiary and professional training institutions on a one year mandatory national service.
Ms. Emma Hammond, Director for Deployments and Ernest Obuobi, Director in charge of Internally Generated Funds (IGF) took turns to brief participants on various roles of the scheme regarding their schedules.
According to the Head of Deployment, the scheme accepts applications for specialized staff but advised that such applications be submitted on time and must provide in-depth information regarding the request.
Mr. Adjei-Manu Kingsley, of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) and who was a participant at the conference lauded the NSS for the forum which he believed will go a long way to unearth ideas which will help industry players.
By Solomon Ofori