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04.01.2005 Regional News

90% of service personnel to be posted to rural areas

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Tamale, Jan. 4, GNA - Ninety per cent of national service personnel posted to the Northern Region would be assigned to the rural areas, Mr Silas Nantomah, Regional Director of the National Service Scheme told the Ghana News Agency on Tuesday.

He said out of 2,000 service personnel posted to the region, one-third of them were women and that majority of them would be sent to the Ghana Education Service (GES) to teach in the basic schools, especially in the overseas areas of the East Gonja Area.

He regretted that while other personnel from various regions readily accepted postings to the rural areas in the Northern Region, the natives themselves had resisted such postings and, "always want to remain in the municipality."

Mr Nantomah appealed to service personnel to "be patriotic and change their attitude to work to serve their people."

He also appealed to the communities to accommodate and encourage service personnel posted to their areas to facilitate their work to enhance the development of their communities.

Mr. Nantomah cautioned parents and people in authority to desist from influencing the postings of their children or relatives to particular regions or departments.

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