Regional News Thu, 31 May 2012

National Service personnel asked to ensure peace in December polls

Mr. Awimbila Ali, Brong-Ahafo Regional Director of the National Service Scheme (NSS), on Wednesday called on service personnel to promote peace in the region before, during and after the December polls.

Mr. Ali, who was addressing the third delegates’ conference of Brong-Ahafo Chapter of the National Service Personnel Association (NASPA) in Sunyani, cautioned the personnel not to allow themselves be used by self-seeking politicians to achieve their parochial interest.

He said next year, the regional office of the NSS would expand the Service’s agriculture project at Branam in Wenchi Municipality from 163 acres to 300 acres, to enable it to increase the production of yellow maize from 4000 bags to 8,000 bags.

Mr. Ali said some of the maize produced was sold to schools and colleges, and the Ghana Nuts Company in Techiman as poultry feed.

He said the NSS would establish more farms in other parts of the region and contact traditional authorities to make more land available for the project.

Mr. Ali said the agriculture project would help the Scheme to accrue funds and equip the personnel with practical knowledge in agriculture.

Mr. Obed Ofori Bangdome, Regional NASPA President, complained of delay in the payment of monthly allowances for service personnel since Government’s adjustment of workers’ wages and salaries this year, and the issuing of identity cards to service personnel and lack of adequate accommodation for them.**

Source: GNA