NSS deploys 65,000 personnel to districts to augment labour force
Koforidua, Aug. 10, GNA - The National Service Secretariat (NSS), in
collaboration with the National Volunteer Service (NVS) are deploying a
total of 65, 000 personnel this year to districts across the country to
augment the labour force particularly, in the area of teaching.
Twenty-five thousand out of the number are under the NVS who had
already completed a year's national service, whiles the remaining 40,000
personnel had just completed tertiary education programme.
About 75 percent of the numbers are being sent to the classrooms.
The Executive Director of the NSS, Mr Vincent Senam Kuagbenu,
disclosed this when he paid a courtesy call on the Eastern Regional
Minister, Mr Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, as part of his official visit to district
directors of the NSS in the region.
He announced that from next year, newly trained doctors and nurses
would be roped into the NSS to ensure that after completion of all sectors
of their training, the mandatory one year service are achieved.
Mr Kuagbenu mentioned some of the challenges facing the scheme as
refusal of personnel to accept postings to the rural areas and lack of
community support in terms of provision of accommodation to personnel
posted to those areas.
He therefore appealed to the Regional Minister and for that matter all
Coordinating Councils to impress upon Municipal and District Chief
Executives (MDCE's) to complement the service volunteerism by
ensuring that personnel had easy access to accommodations and other
facilities where available.
Later at a meeting with the district directors, Mr Kuagbenu warmed
that his administration would not tolerate anyone who would connive with
influential parents to post their wards to banks and other areas of their
He said the scheme was restructuring itself to improve the condition of
service for the staff including the institution of awards for further studies
and urged them to ensure equity and social justice in the performance of
Mr Ofosu-Ampofo on his part suggested to the director that in
deriving a maximum benefit from the scheme, personnel should be put in
areas where their mandatory service would propel them to become well
vest in national leadership issues to augment the decentralization process.
In that direction he suggested that the NSS should consider attaching
service personnel to DCE's, so that they had a feel of leadership at the
grassroots and first hand knowledge in the decentralization concept,
adding that, although the government was not interested in personal
assistants that concept would be beneficial to national development.
Mr Ofosu-Ampofo explained that, that concept could be used to train
leaders for the decentralized system and successive governments would
not be found wanting when selecting people to those positions.
He assured the Executive Director of his own support and that of the
Regional Coordinating Council (RCC), to ensure that all those posted to
the rural areas had accommodation.
Mr Ofosu-Ampofo also said he would ensure that personnel accepted
posting to deprived communities, especially Afram Plains where teachers
were needed badly.