Information reaching ExamHall is that the current GH¢559 paid National Service Personnel in Ghana will be reviewed upward.
Mr. Osei Assibey Antwi, Executive Director of the National Service Scheme did indicate that his outfit has plans to increase the current GH¢559 to a considerable amount.
Speaking in an interview sighted by examhall, Mr. Osei Assibey Antwi did indicate that the management of the National Service is in talks with the government to ensure the monthly allowance is increased for service personnel.
The leadership of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) has called for the allowance to be increased from GH¢559 to GH¢800 in the next academic year.
“For the allowance increase, I am assuring them that plans are far ahead, and as it was this current President who increase it to GH¢559, I am optimism that the same President is going to increase the number very soon,” he said.
“We also indicated the need to increase the national service allowance from GH¢559 to GH¢800, especially in the face of the rising cost of transportation and general expenses,” NUGS stated in a release.
Graduates from various tertiary institutions have been knocking on the doors of the NSS since the Covid era for an upward increase in the allowance to reflect the current economic condition in the country.
The National Service Scheme (NSS) personnel in Ghana play a crucial role in contributing to the Ghanaian economy in several ways. Firstly, NSS personnel provide an additional workforce to various sectors such as education, healthcare, agriculture, and public administration. Their presence helps to alleviate staff shortages and enhance productivity, leading to improved service delivery.
Secondly, NSS personnel often undertake projects and initiatives that have a direct impact on the economy. They contribute to community development, infrastructure improvement, and environmental conservation efforts, which can stimulate local economies and promote sustainable growth.
Furthermore, NSS personnel bring fresh perspectives, ideas, and skills to their assigned workplaces. They offer innovative solutions to challenges, promote efficiency, and help organizations adopt modern practices. This infusion of talent and energy can enhance productivity and competitiveness in both public and private sectors.
Additionally, NSS personnel often engage in entrepreneurial activities during their service period. They start small businesses, provide services, or participate in income-generating projects, which generate revenue, create job opportunities, and contribute to the overall economic development.
As of now, the NSS has been silent on how much the new allowance would be. Anything far from the proposed GH¢800by NUGS could create some confusion among stakeholders.