A welfare fund to cater for the welfare of national service personnel across the country is to be established soon.
This follows a resolution made by Regional Executives of the National Service Personnel Association at a meeting in Accra on Wednesday to use 10 per cent of their annual dues of GH 10 as financial source for the fund.
The group agreed for management of the secretariat to deduct the money at source.
The regional executives also made a resolution to revise the constitution of the association to change the composition and the process of choosing its national executives.
Abraham Ayesu, Central Regional Secretary of NASPA, who presented the resolution at the closing of the meeting, which was also by the management of National Service Secretariat, said the move was geared towards strengthening the association and enhancing the welfare of service personnel.
According to him, the challenges confronting personnel across the country required the executives to be more responsive by helping to cater for the needs of Service personnel especially those posted to deprived areas.
He mentioned health challenges, accidents, accommodation and high cost of living to be some problems facing personnel which needed management and NASPA to collaborate to tackle.
They also appealed to the management of the secretariat to forward a proposal to the board of the National Service Secretariat (NSS), Ministry of Education and the Finance Ministry, to extend the National Service period for service personnel who may be interested to take advantage of the offer.
Michael Kpessa-Whyte, Executive Director of NSS, commended the group for resolving to set up a fund that would help cater for some needs of service personnel, saying it would complement the efforts of the NSS to enhance to make the scheme more attractive.
According to him, the executives had demonstrated a strong zeal not only to enhance the work of the secretariat but to contribute meaningfully to the development of the country.
He was optimistic that the resolutions made at the meeting would position the association to motivate personnel to deliver their best while at post.
Dr. Kpessa-Whyte urged the leaders to foster unity within the association and pull their members along to serve a common purpose of enhancing development instead of being redundant in sectors they have been posted.
He cautioned service personnel to desist from conniving with their supervisors to desert their posts warning that “the Secretariat will withdraw payment of allowances and decline to issue certificate to such individuals who would be found culpable.”
He also encouraged them to report incidents of sexual harassment to the management for action.
Mr. Samuel Okudzeto-Ablakwa, Deputy Minister in charge of Tertiary Education, in a closing remark, entreated service personnel to be more creative and innovative in their field of endeavour.
He challenged them to set up businesses of their own instead of depending on rare employment opportunities that exist in the public sector.
According to him, service personnel should challenge themselves to be productive by exploring their abilities to create jobs on their own and be determined to change the status quo with the expertise acquired from their various tertiary institutions.
By Charles Amankwa