Beginning on November 1, 2022, about 100,000 graduates will perform their required one-year national service.
In an endeavor to increase internal revenue and achieve self-sufficiency, the National Service Scheme (NSS) management will post around 20,000 of the total to the private sector.
Osei Assibey Antwi, the NSS’s Executive Director, who made the announcement, noted that as of the past two weeks, 16,000 graduates had been designated for posting to the private sector as a result of the industry’s rising demand for workers.
Last Friday, while on a working visit to the Bono Region as part of a national tour, he was speaking at a staff meeting in Sunyani. His goal was to communicate with regional and district directors of the NSS to better understand their difficulties so that they could work together to find answers.
Regional and district directors of the program from the Bono, Bono East, and Ahafo regions were present during the meeting.
The allowances of personnel deployed to private enterprises are paid by those companies in accordance with NSS rules and regulations.
In addition, the enterprises give the NSS Secretariat a monthly payment order for a service fee that is equal to 20% of their baseline service allowance.
Upon request and approval of the terms, workers may be posted to private institutions.
However, private educational institutions are exempt from having to pay the secretariat’s service fee.
The private sector, in Mr. Antwi’s opinion, also provided more chances for service members to be retained.
Since the commercial sector has a higher retention rate than the public sector, he explained, “we will post more employees there in order to be able to get positions for graduates.”
The executive director gave the regional and district directors instructions to be more inventive and creative in order to assist raise more money to support the program.
“You should be imaginative and innovative enough to be able to recognize where money is,” he added, adding that his organization had established a mobilization section to handle its revenue generating.
The use of service employees to support an establishment, according to Mr. Antwi, is a cost-effective approach that should be pitched to private businesses and institutions in their particular districts.
He claimed that the plan needed to be restructured in order to gain more support from institutions and organizations and become relevant.
“You will only be lively when you are fully prepared to accomplish your mandate,” he said, assuring the regional and district offices that they will be furnished with the necessary tools to improve their operations.