NSS Deploys 71,185 Personnel

 National Service Scheme                                       	 The National Service Scheme (NSS) has released the 2014/2015 national service postings, with the deployment of 71,185 service personnel to the various public and private institutions across the country.

The service personnel, mostly graduates from tertiary institutions, are to undertake a mandatory one year service for the nation in sectors including agriculture, education, health, local government, military and rural development.

Speaking at a media encounter at the NSS head office in Accra on Monday, the Executive Director of NSS, Alhaji Alhassan Imoro, urged the service personnel to check their postings immediately and begin registering for the service.

He said the scheme, in accordance with the government’s policy to increase access to good quality education at all levels, posted 36,825 personnel to the education sector.

Alhaji Imoro said 2,685 personnel were posted to the health sector to support health delivery, especially in hospitals, clinics, immunization centers and officers of National Health Insurance Scheme.

“The caliber of personnel includes pharmacists, doctor of optometry, nurses, laboratory and dispensary technicians, personnel with accounting, psychology and social work backgrounds.”.

Alhaji Imoro noted that 10,427 service personnel, representing 13.2 per cent of the total, were posted to the private sector, to work in areas such as mining and quarrying, commerce, banking, telecommunications, energy and hospitality.

He said the personnel would acquire more skills “to enhance their employability, thereby reducing graduate unemployment.”

Alhaji Imoro said the NSS had scaled up deployment of personnel to support public service institutions such as the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies, (MMDAs) and sector ministries and agencies.

“The scheme has specifically deployed personnel with planning and surveying backgrounds to all assemblies to support their social service programmes. They will give support to the District Planning Units to collect data which is very important for carrying out planning activities of the communities.”

Commenting on the polytechnic graduates, who could not complete their courses due to the strike by their lecturers, Alhaji Imoro indicated that the NSS Board, in consultation with the Ministry of Education, decided to deploy graduates from the polytechnics on normal service postings.

However, he said, the personnel would be required to return to their schools to write their final examinations when the schools resume academic work.

“In this regard, user agencies are required to release them for their examinations. The examination period would form part of their annual leave. They will be required to work in August, which is the normal leave for all service personnel,” Alhaji Imoru said.

 By Yaw Kyei

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