The British High Commissioner, Harriet Thompson, has pledged her readiness to provide the necessary support to the National Service Scheme (NSS) to enable it successfully implement its various modules.
Commending the Scheme, she said this was important in ensuring that service personnel contribute immensely towards the socio-economic transformation of Ghana.
Ms Harriet Thompson gave the pledge when the Executive Director of NSS, Osei Assibey Antwi, paid a working visit to the British High Commissioner in Accra.
The visit was aimed at deepening the relationship between the Scheme and the British High Commission. The focus of their deliberations was in relation to which areas the British High Commission may effectively collaborate with the Scheme to produce better-resourced personnel to underpin development.
The British High Commissioner further lauded the remarkable administrative transformation agenda being undertaken by the Scheme. She also assured to work very hard to strengthen the bond between Ghana and the UK, which dates back several decades.
The NSS Executive Director used the opportunity to introduce his outfit to the High Commissioner as well as his vision for the NSS.
He explained that the Scheme had departed from the old order of primarily mobilising graduates for deployment to needy institutions to this new module that prepares NSS personnel for direct and positive service under its ‘Deployment for Employment’ initiative.
This, the Director indicated, is placed under his umbrella in initiating collaborations with identified bodies and implement programmes aimed at equipping personnel with the right skills expected from employers.
Additionally, he explained, personnel would be groomed to be largely entrepreneurs to make them self-reliant.
Touching on the modules, Mr Assibey Antwi disclosed that the Scheme had introduced about six of them, saying they were going to be prioritised.
The modules include GNSS Youth in Agriculture project, GNSS Youth in Housing Project and GNSS MSME Accounting Aid Programme. He said the Scheme would require partners to support the implementation of these modules.
“As a subvented government agency, initiatives such as these would require the maximum support from donors and collaborators to affect the realisation of these projects,” he added.