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A six-member delegation from South Africa has praised the innovative ideas implemented by the National Service Scheme (GNSS), to create income for itself.
The delegation, which paid a courtesy call on the Executive Director of the GNSS, Dr. Kpessa-Whyte, is in Accra on a three-day study tour of the Scheme’s operation.
On their first day, the delegation visited the Scheme’s Papao Farms in Haatso, the Airport Police Station of the Motor Transport and Traffic Unit, which is under the Scheme’s Module, and Subah, an urban sanitation programme to acquaint themselves with the operations of the modules.
Leader of the delegation, who is also a deputy minister at the Presidency of South Africa, Buti Manamela, expressed satisfaction with the innovation, saying he is impressed with the self-supporting programme particularly in agricultural sector, catering services, bottled water production plant as well as manufacturing and fabrication modules that generate income for the service.
They intend to use their experiences to help in the restructuring process of South Africa’s Service Scheme.
Mr. Manamela, who was also the head of the delegation, said theirs was a voluntary scheme, unlike Ghana’s, which was mandatory.
He explained that the reason for choosing Ghana was because of the successes it had chalked in its operations through innovative projects, as well as the peaceful atmosphere in the country.
Dr Kpessa-Whyte said the Scheme was established in 1973, under the Ministry of Education, with a National Secretariat in Accra, and offices in all the administrative regions and districts across the country.
He said the Scheme was mandated to deploy a pool of skilled manpower drawn primarily from tertiary institutions to support development efforts of both the public and private sectors.
Dr Kpessa-Whyte explained that the intent of deploying fresh graduates was to ensure that priority sectors of the national life were never lacking in the requisite human resources needed for development.
He explained that the scheme’s modules comprised the Educational Support Unit, the Agricultural and Agro-business, Rural Development Services, Community Health, Urban Sanitation Management, Urban Traffic management, Private Sector and General Administration.
Dr Kpessa-Whyte said its objective was to encourage the spirit of National Service among all segments of the Ghanaian society in the effort of nation -building through active participation and projects designed to combat hunger, illiteracy, disease and unemployment in Ghana.
The Scheme is mandated to help provide essential services and amenities, particularly, in the rural area, develop skilled manpower through practical training and promote national unity and strengthen the bonds of common citizenship among Ghanaians.
Dr Kpessa-Whyte said the scheme had impacted positively on society since it was a gateway to the formal labour market for most educated Ghanaians and it helped in the acquisition of additional skills beyond the academic lecture halls.
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