A six-member delegation from South Africa is in the country, to understudy the Ghana National Service Scheme (GNSS) to see how best it can implement same or restructure South Africa’s Service Scheme.
The delegation, led by a Deputy Minister at the South African Presidency, Mr. Buti Manamela, accompanied the South African High Commissioner in Accra, Ms. Lulu Xingwana, paid a courtesy call on Dr. Michael Kpessa-Whyte, the Executive Director of NSS.
As part of their three-day visit, the delegation toured Parliament House and the Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCO) to interact with service personnel and also visited the scheme’s Papao Farm and Subah, an urban sanitation programme to acquaint themselves on the operations of the module.
Mr. Buti interacting with the media commended the GNSS for implementing innovative projects that generates income for its operational activities as well as making the scheme attractive to graduates.
“ I am impressed with the self supporting programme of the Service interms of the projects they run in the agricultural sector, catering services, bottled water production as well as the manufacturing and fabrication modules that generate income to the service” he said.
He said unlike the GNSS which was mandated, the South African National Youth Service was a voluntary scheme and that they intend to use Ghana’s scheme to restructure that of South Africa.
Dr. Kpessa-Whyte noted that the GNSS was established in 1973, under the Ministry of Education, which is mandated to deploy graduates from tertiary institutions to serve the nation in either the private or the public sector.
He said the intent of deploying fresh graduates was to ensure that the priority sectors of the national life were never lacking in the requisite of human resources needed for development.
Dr. Kpessah-Whyte noted that the scheme mandates students who have graduated from tertiary institutions to undertake the nine-month service before seeking for a job or become self employed.
By Bernard Benghan