General News of Monday, 10 July 2017
Beginning from Wednesday, prospective National Service personnel will be able to access their postings and print them to begin the next phase of this year’s national service.
At a press conference in Accra last Friday, the Executive Director of the National Service Scheme (NSS), Mr Ussif Mustapha said the first batch of 91, 871 prospective national service personnel had been posted to user agencies across the country for the 2017/18 service year.
Out of the total number, 76,908, representing 84 per cent, were posted to the public sector while 14,963, representing 16.30 per cent, were also posted to private sector agencies.
The Greater Accra Region topped the table of recipients with 29,647 service personnel, while the Ashanti Region followed with 17,020 personnel.
The Upper East and Upper West regions received the lowest number of postings with 2,107 and 1,657 personnel respectively.
Mr Mustapha said 2,160 of the number of prospective National Service personnel had also been deployed across the 216 metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs) in the country to support the government’s planting for food and jobs agriculture policy.
The Executive Director of the scheme said the list of the first batch of the postings excluded Ghanaians studying in foreign universities and nursing trainees.
“The Ghanaians who are studying in foreign universities have a different calendar, but we have received their details and will soon post them he said.
The executive director urged the public, especially the prospective service personnel, to take note of the laid down registration procedures to make the process less cumbersome.
“I want the public to be aware that registration for national service will begin at all regional centres across the country from Monday, July 17 and end on Thursday, August 17.
“This period has been provided to give service personnel sufficient time to go through the registration processes before they formally begin their national service on Friday, September 1, 2017,” he said.
Mr Mustapha stated that as a measure to guard against impersonation, service personnel would be required to present their school identity card and any other form of valid national identification card before they would be accepted at any point of registration.
“Note that National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) cards will not be accepted for registration,” he stressed.
Mr Mustapha cautioned the public and the prospective NSS personnel to be wary of people who would come to them to try to change their postings.
“The management of the scheme took into consideration a lot of factors before the final deployment was done. So, we believe that as much as possible, service persons have been deployed to user agencies in accordance with national priorities,” he said.
The executive director urged MMDAs, as well as regional and district directors, to assist the service persons posted to them to settle down and render services in the interest of national development