The Ghana National Service Scheme has released the postings for the 2008/2009 National Service year.
Briefing the media yesterday at the National Service Secretariat in Accra, the Executive Director of the Secretariat, Kofi Obiri Yeboah disclosed that in the 2007/2008 batch, the scheme posted about 32,480 service persons but this year the number had increased to 34,500.
Mr. Obiri Yeboah explained that since the Greater Accra Region has the most companies and sectors, a total of 10,988 service persons had been posted there, while 698 persons, the lowest number, had been posted to the Upper East Region.
In view of government's policy to provide quality education for Ghanaians, he disclosed that 60-70 percent of the service personnel had been posted to the education sector in order to meet the shortfall in the supply of teachers to the rural areas, and the remainder had been distributed to other MDAs, District Assemblies and the private sectors.
According to him, "this is a call to national duty; therefore wherever one finds oneself posted to the one should not see it as punishment.'
The Director further emphasised that it was only the National Service Scheme that had the sole mandate to recruit persons.
Per the Act the set up the Scheme, Act 426 no institution or organisation has the right to go round the universities and polytechnics to recruit would-be service personnel.