General News of Thursday, 7 December 2017
Some national service personnel have sued the National Service Scheme and its Executive Director, Mustapha Ussif, in an attempt to stop them from compulsorily charging each personnel GHS15 for an insurance policy which started in November.
The angry personnel have described the policy as “unlawful and unreasonable”.
The suit comes on the heels of a petition filed by some of the personnel at the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) to probe the monthly deduction of GHS15 from their allowance without their consent.
The service personnel have described the agreement between GLICO, an insurance company, and the NSS as “fraudulent”.
The service personnel in their petition say the NSS claims the decision “is for the welfare and benefit of every national service person, but as we speak, our colleagues whose allowances are not paid by NSS have been exempted from this policy. We are, therefore, of the firm belief that this policy is discriminatory and has no legal backing.
The group said the policy is “dubious and fraudulent”, and meant “to milk the ordinary service persons in such a criminal manner. This policy is tainted with fraud…”
The service personnel say the mandatory deduction of allowance is not grounded in law and are, therefore, imploring CHRAJ to “look into this criminal conduct by managers of the National Service Scheme hereinafter.”
Below is the full petition:
THE COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND ADMINISTRATIVE JUSTICE
THE REPUBLIC OF GHANA
A PETITION UNDER ARTICLE 218: CLAUSES (A) AND (C) OF THE 1992 CONSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC OF GHANA.
We the undersigned are citizens of Ghana and are currently undergoing our mandatory National services as enshrined in the National Service Act1980 (ACT 426) of Ghana. It is in the collective interest of the Republic of Ghana that is why we have taking it upon ourselves to officially drag National service secretariat before the commission for investigation into the following
I. A breach and violation of our fundamental human right as enshrined in Article 21 clause (e) of the 1992 constitution of Ghana
II. Abuse of power and unfair treatment by the National service secretariat against us National service Personnel.
The above which is a joint looting agreement that has been entered on our behalf without our consent as service personnel between GLICO, an insurance company and the National service secretariat for monthly deduction of GHS15 from our allowance towards an insurance policy that is seeking to bind each and every National Service person paid by the National service secretariat of which our consent have not been sought by those behind the implementation of this fraudulent policy.
On the 29th November, 2017, the National service boss in a communiqué instructed all Regional NSS directors to ensure the deduction of GHS15 each from the allowance of Personnel starting from November. The evidence of this is contained in the archives of Citifmonline.com on 29th of November, 2017. This decision as we are told is for the welfare and benefit of every National Service person but as we speak, our colleagues whose allowances are not paid by NSS have been exempted from this policy.
We are therefore of the firm believe that, this policy is discriminatory and has no legal backing to that effect, aside from how dubious and fraudulent it is with clear intentions to milk the ordinary Service Persons in such a criminal manner. This policy is tainted with fraud and the paragraph below is our stands.
I. This was not stated in our appointment letters which gave birth to our legitimate service that we are currently undergoing with legal backing emanated from the National Service Scheme Act.
II. That, we are not previewing to the terms and conditions of this contract that has been entered on our behalf by NSS without our consent or mandate.
III. That, the mandatory deduction of allowance is not grounded in law
IV. That, the compulsion with regards to the deduction infringes on our freedom as enshrined in Article 21 clause (e) of the constitution of Ghana because no law imposes association on citizens in a complete absent of their freewill and for that being a National service person is not and cannot be an automatic definition of being a member of National service Personnel Association in whose name we are told this fraudulent policy emanated from and under implementation by GLICO and NSS respectively.
V. That, the said policy undermines the letter and spirit of “freedom to join associations as stated in an explicit provision of Article 21 clause (e) of the highest law of the land.
VI. It is also our contention that, since this is not grounded in any law, such a move by NSS constitute an abuse of office by those whose names have been mentioned in this petition as managers of NSS and hence ought to be struck out
The above bulletins are reasons why we vehemently object to this fraudulent extortion couched under a purported insurance policy by the National service secretariat. We are verily aware and believe same to be true that, the Commission on Human Right and Administrative Justice will look into this criminal conduct by mangers of the National service scheme hereinafter Mr. Mustapha Ussif and Mr. Henry Nana Boakye.
It is also our prayer that, the National service secretariat will be directed to halt the implementation of this policy until the substantive matter before the commission is determined in order to avert any unrepairable damage that may arise as a result of the implementation of this policy.
Yours in the service of God and country
Ghana Audit Service
Sefwi Wiawso Municipal