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13.03.2021 Letter

An open letter to Mustapha Ussif, Executive Director of National Service Secretariat

By James Sena Nketiah
An open letter to Mustapha Ussif, Executive Director of National Service Secretariat
LISTEN MAR 13, 2021

On March 3, not too long ago, you were awarded based on your 'leadership style, relationship with staff, personnel among others. Upon receipt, you dedicated the award to your staff and to the hardworking personnel for our hardwork and dedication. On behalf of my colleagues, I say, we are grateful to you for recognizing our effort and dedication to the service of Ghana.

I write to you this evening, from the comfort of my living room after enjoying some fried yam and plantain I prepared after work, which I washed down my one pack belly with a glass of my favorite 'sobolo.'

As satisfied as I am, I write as a frustrated service personnel who is not sure if I will go to work tomorrow, talk less of how to feed at work. I am very certain, your fat salary and allowances for the month of February has been paid into your bank account, which you received alert and laughed to.

It has been ten good days, out of which seven are working days into the month of March, yet my allowance and that of most of my colleagues who draw our allowances from the government's central pool for the month of February has still not been paid. Do you by this treatment expect us to go to work and deliver diligently?

A man of honor, does not walk around enjoying life if his responsibility to his household has not been performed. Your household trusts you to deliver even though it is long overdue. Money, they say, has value when it meets its needs.

As a concerned service personnel, I urge you to pay us our allowances as well as previous arrears yet to be paid us.

In conclusion, I must say, your financial obligation to us in the month of February is largely below average. The time is now to sit up and perform your mandate to us. With the same smile, with which you received same award I referred to in my very first paragraph, give to us, what is due us within the next 24 hours.

More to come


James Sena Nketiah