The National Service Scheme (NSS) has cautioned the general public, especially the 2023/2024 prospective national service personnel, against falling prey to activities of unscrupulous persons who claim they can assist them in their postings.
Management of the NSS has released the PIN Codes for a total of 142,381 final year students from 125 accredited tertiary institutions in the country who have so far registered to enrol to do their mandatory national service for the 2023/2024 service year.
In an interview with the Daily Statesman, the Executive Director of the NSS, Osei Assibey Antwi, said there are various activities of some unscrupulous elements propagating false correspondences online in respect of a supposed opportunity for prospective NSS persons to check their postings, at a fee, before they are officially released.
These individuals have created WhatsApp, Telegram and Facebook groups with moderators parading as agents of the Scheme for such dubious and nefarious activities.
Mr Assibey Antwi emphasised that the NSS does not require any payment for posting assignments, and urged all prospective service personnel to only rely on official NSS communication channels and platforms for information.
He stated, “Apart from the official NSS communication channels or platforms, any information available elsewhere should be outrightly disregarded because it is my outfit that has the mandate to do the deployment”.
He revealed that the NSS had embarked on a comprehensive campaign to educate and sensitise new batch of service personnel about potential scams and fraudulent activities to empower and safeguard their interests.
The NSS Executive Director highlighted the careful consideration that goes into the posting process, revealing that “after online registration, the NSS team meticulously analyses the areas that service personnel have selected to ensure alignment with their university courses”.
This, he stressed, is aimed at avoiding misfit postings and ensuring that service personnel are placed in roles that contribute to their expertise and the nation’s development.
Mr Assibey Antwi indicated that their postings fall within the new vision of not only deploying the personnel but ensuring that they either become self-employed, offering employment for others, and also be ready for employment under a broader scheme of “Deployment for Employment”.
He explained that the NSS aims to place service personnel in areas relevant to their skills and knowledge, benefiting both the individuals and the nation as a whole.
Mr Assibey Antwi assured the public that law enforcement agencies are on the alert and active in addressing the reported cases of fraudulent schemes promising favourable postings in exchange for payments, warning that “if they fall foul of the law, they will face the rigors”.
The NSS Executive Director also expressed gratitude to President Akufo-Addo for the NSS monthly allowance increment, which comes at a crucial time of economic challenges worldwide. He assured the public that the NSS would continue to post all National Service Personnel to areas that align with their expertise, thereby contributing to the country’s workforce.
He advised all prospective service personnel to remain vigilant and cautious when encountering online correspondences regarding NSS postings. He reaffirmed his outfit’s commitment to its mission of providing meaningful employment opportunities and contributing to the development of Ghana’s workforce.
“Now, there a lot of innovations on board. For instance, NSPs who will find themselves in teaching fields, NSS is in touch with GES to ensure that they absorb some of the students in class…They’ll undergo pedagogy training to allow national service personnel posted to the classrooms without teaching certificates, but who are willing to teach after their service, to obtain professional teaching certificates,” he revealed.
Mr Assibey Antwi added that the Scheme is collaborating with the relevant stakeholders such as the NTC, T-Tel, GES, GTEC, PRINCOF, Ghana Technical Vocational Education and Training Services, and the Vice-Chancellors of the five public universities that train teachers to deliver this important training.