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Don’t hijack our roles! – NSS Boss

By James Harry Obeng


THE Executive Director of the National Service Scheme, Mr. Kofi Obiri Yeboah, has warned organisations and institutions to desist from hijacking the core functions of the scheme through practices he referred to as “the conduct of aptitude tests” by some companies.


The conduct of aptitude tests, according to him, is the practice where, in attempt to secure into their fold the cream of service personnel, certain institutions and organisations go round universities and polytechnics to recruit would-be personnel, prior to their posting by the National Service Secretariat.


Mr Obiri Yeboah said this in Accra last Monday at a press briefing to highlight on the release of the 2008/09 National Service posting, starting Wednesday.


He said by Act 426, it was only the National Service Scheme that has the mandate to recruit service personnel, saying that conducting aptitude tests is illegal.


Mr. Obiri Yeboah advised organisations to submit proposals for national service personnel to the National Service Scheme, indicating the number and qualification of personnel needed.


He announced that 34,000 national service personnel have been posted to all regions in the country for 2008/09, on a monthly payment of GH ¢ 144.38.


He said in pursuant of government’s policy of providing quality education for Ghanaians, between sixty and seventy per cent of the service personnel have been posted to the educational sector so as to meet shortfall in the supply of teachers to the rural areas.


The remainder, he noted, were distributed to the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA), District Assemblies and the private sectors.


Mr. Obiri Yeboah, however, gave the regional distribution of the 2008/09 posting as follows; Ashanti 5640, Brong-Ahafo 2667, Central 2080, Eastern 2871, Northern 1571, Upper West 710, Upper East 698, Volta 1571, Western 2690, and the Greater Accra Region 10,988.


He reminded service personnel to accept posting in good faith, saying “remember that it is a call to national duty, and posting should never be seen as a form of punishment when one is serving his nation”.


He entreated service personnel for 2008/09 to access their postings via the website of the scheme –





October 10, 2008 - Posted by | News

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