National Service Scheme goes paperless – Director

The National Service Scheme (NSS) has gone paperless, the acting Director of the scheme Mustapha Ussif has declared.

The NSS had strengthened its database to facilitate effective deployment of personnel and eliminate fraud.
The move would also reduce delays, errors and make data readily accessible to the NSS for effective personnel registration and posting.
Mr Ussif, who disclosed this at the maiden Tertiary Educational Sector Stakeholders’ conference organised by the NSS in Accra stated that, “NSS has successfully gone paperless”.
The conference which was held under the theme, ‘Strengthening NSS database for effective deployment’ brought together regional directors of the Scheme and representatives from private and public accredited tertiary institutions to deliberate on measures instituted to strengthen our database and expected roles towards achieving our set objectives.
Mr Ussif explained that, the stakeholders’ conference was part of efforts by management to bring to the attention of the various tertiary institutions the mandate of the Scheme, the process of registration, deployment of national service personnel and the role of the institutions as stakeholders, before, during and after the process of deployment.
“In order to avoid impersonation, the NSS database will be integrated into the national identification database once it comes on board to ensure the elimination of all forms of impersonation,” he added.
Dr. Kingsley Nyarko who represented the board at the function explained that, the database of the Scheme was relevant in terms of planning, making choices and taking decisions to benefit the Scheme and other users of its services.
However, he indicated that it is not just enough to have a database because what was more important and critical is to have one that ensured and guaranteed effective and reliable service delivery and user satisfaction.
The online system which is being introduced by the Scheme, he added, would help reduce cost, minimise human intervention, human errors and the inconsistencies in the data reporting and analysis.
According to Mr Nyarko, “This new approach in effect will enable the Scheme check challenges such as late submission of class lists by institutions, multiple and wrong submissions of names, wrong submissions of ID numbers and also check the defaulters of the service.”

By Raissa Sambou

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