Dr. Michael Kpessa-Whyte, the Executive Director of the National Service Scheme (NSS), yesterday urged prospective service personnel to exercise restraint and go through the registration process for the 2016/2017 service year peacefully.
According to him, all service personnel would duly be posted and the registration should not result in confrontations and fights.
Mr. Kpessa-Whyte’s comment came at the back of a chaotic scene at the Greater Accra Regional office of NSS yesterday, when prospective service personnel went berserk in their attempt to register for the 2016/2017 service year which begun yesterday nationwide.
A large crowd of personnel trooped to the office on the first day of the registration to get their names endorsed by the Regional NSS director to begin their National Service on September 1.
Not even the presence of the police at the office and the Information Services Department (ISD) vans to assist in the process, could control the crowd and calm tempers of service personnel, who claimed they had been at the office since 4a.m.
The registration at the regional offices begins the process for each prospective personnel to be endorsed by the regional director to be taken to their respective municipality or district to commence their National Service.
In an interview with The Ghanaian Times, Mr. Kwao Edwin, a graduate of the University of Ghana blamed the NSS for the confusion at the regional office.
According to him, the NSS could deplore technology to reduce the physical presence of service personnel at the various registration centres.
Another student, Mr. Gameli Kofi Baako said due to the confusion at the office, some of the registration officers stopped working and this delayed the registration process.
Ms Gifty Ansah, a GIJ graduate, also complained that most students were unaware of the requirements for the registration and this slowed the process.
In an interview, Dr. Kpessa-Whyte, disclosed that registration was opened from now till the end of August and expressed surprise at the huge numbers at the office.
He asked the personnel not to rush, but exercise patience and make use of the registration period.
Dr. Kpessa-Whyte said due to impersonation, they would require the physical presence of personnel to be verified at the regional registration centres, that was why the online registration had not been used for now.
He said management had monitored the registration process on the first day and they would review the process and come out with more a convenient registration process next year.
He reiterated their commitment to make the 2016/2017 service year worthwhile and a memorable one for all service personnel.
By Joseph Edu Archison