Vincent Kuagbenu, Executive Director of the National Service Scheme
The National Service Scheme(NSS) has released postings of service personnel across the country for the year 2011-2012.
A total of sixty thousand three hundred and fifty (60,350) service personnel have been deployed under the Scheme to both public and private institutions out of a total of eight thousand, five hundred and eighty six (80,586) requests received from organizations and schools this year.
As part of effort to reduce the deficit in the educational sector, 56% of total deployment went to Education. This consists of 25,094 service personnel to basic schools, 4,956 to Senior High Schools and 2,965 to tertiary institutions.
Other sectors to which personnel were deployed include the health sector, local government, tourism and the private sector.
The Executive Director of the Ghana National Service Scheme, Vincent Senam Kuagbenu who announced the release of postings at a press briefing in Accra Tuesday underscored the importance of National Service to young graduates.
“Through National Service, young graduate build skills, knowledge and attitude that raise their aspirations of what they can achieve for themselves, build the deep motivation and get involved in the strengthening of their communities” he added.
Mr. Kuagbenu emphasized that National Service should be seen as a national duty and not a punishment.
He announced a 20% increase on the allowance of service personnel for this year and urged service personnel to accept postings to any part of the country as their civic responsibility to building a better Ghana.
On the issue of accommodation for service personnel posted outside Accra, the NSS boss said the Secretariat is working in collaboration with Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies to construct Transit Quarters to house personnel deployed to their districts.
He commended the Chief Justice and the General Legal Council for measures they have instituted to ensure that newly qualified lawyers and those seeking to pursue professional courses in law produce certificate of National Service as a prerequisite for admissions.
The NSS boss therefore encouraged other institutions to emulate their example to compel more young graduate to undertake their National Service after school.
Mr. Kuagbenu revealed plans to re-introduce military training as a full complement of National Service.
He noted that even though they are in discussion with the Military High Command and government for that initiative, management of NSS have began the training of personnel deployed on its projects in programmes such as disaster management, fire prevention and fighting methods and administration of first aid.
National Service for 2011-2012 begins on October 1st and service personnel are to check their posting and print their appointment letters online.