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GH¢40 enrollment activation fee not extortion — NSS replies Sulemana Braimah, other critics

Headlines Executive Director of the Media Foundation for West Africa, Sulemana Braimah[left] and Osei Assibey Antwi, National Service Scheme Executive Director
SAT, 22 JUN 2024 LISTEN
Executive Director of the Media Foundation for West Africa, Sulemana Braimah[left] and Osei Assibey Antwi, National Service Scheme Executive Director

The National Service Scheme (NSS) has responded to criticism of its GH¢40 enrollment activation fee.

It maintained that the charge is not a scheme to extort prospective national service personnel.

In a statement signed by its Corporate Affairs Director, Armstrong Esaah, and dated June 21, the NSS sought to clarify concerns raised over the fee.

The Scheme said "It is clear that the authors of the storyline did not find out much about the issues and rather sought to twist and skew the story to portray the Scheme negatively to the public, as though this was an extortion."

Mr. Esaah explained that "the GH¢40 charge for PIN codes is not a recent development" but has existed since 2006 when the online registration system was introduced.

The Director further noted that "despite the rise in cost of delivering these ICT services since 2015, Management has chosen not to pass this additional cost to the service personnel. Instead, they have maintained the fee at GH¢40.00."

The clarification comes on the back of criticisms from Sulemana Braimah, Executive Director of the Media Foundation for West Africa and some opinion leaders who described the fee as an attempt to extort students.

However, NSS insists the charge goes towards critical services like ID cards, NASPA dues, online infrastructure and certificates - dismissing allegations the fee amounts to extortion.

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