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General News Wed, 6 Nov 2002

14,000 service personnel assigned countrywide

The National Service Secretariat (NSS) has posted 14000 service personnel to the 10 regions of the country for the 2002/2003 service year.

Out of this number, 8400 which represents 60 per cent have been posted to educational institutions, 4200 also representing 30 per cent to Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) including district assemblies while 1400, representing 10 per cent have been posted to the private sector. This number forms part of the 16,531 service personnel who registered for the service.

The postings which will start from today, have been designed to support the education and health sectors through improved interventions for quality education, particularly in the rural areas.

The Director of the National Service Scheme, Mr Boniface Adagbila Gambila, who briefed newsmen at a press soiree in Accra on Monday night, said about 1500 out of the number who registered did not submit their forms and have therefore not been posted.

He said the deployment exercise took into consideration the demand and supply of both public and private organisations, the various disciplines, profession and academic backgrounds of personnel, the classroom teacher situation as well as the needs of the central government.

Mr Gambila stated, however, that a lot of service personnel will this year be deployed in the teaching field as a result of requests from the Ghana Education Service (GES).

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On service charges, the director stated that private organisations which request for service personnel this year would be required to pay a 20- per cent charge on allowances of the personnel to the secretariat monthly.

He further stated that all allowances of service personnel will have to be paid into the secretariat’s account for disbursement to the personnel later adding that “the situation where personnel are paid by their organisations will be a thing of the past”.

Mr Gambila said that by this new arrangement, the secretariat would assume full control over national service personnel and also curtail the disparity in allowances between national service personnel posted to the public and private sectors.

He noted that although the secretariat is faced with the problem of logistics and inadequate government budgetary allocations, it has constituted a new board of directors which is currently working towards the review of the National Service Act to make the scheme more functional.

He said the secretariat can boast of participating in the International Association of National Youth Service in Argentina where it won the bid to host the next Youth Service Conference as well as the 1st African Association of National Youth Service in Ghana as a result of the good governance and sustained democracy in the country.

He expressed the hope to ensure quality national service programme this year, through building the capacities and competencies of staff as well as service personnel.

Source: Daily Graphic
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