The National Service Scheme (NSS) has embarked on a first-ever national visit to its user agencies across the country, as part of efforts to deepen collaboration with the agencies.
Speaking exclusively with the Daily Statesman on the rationale behind the visit, the Executive Director of the NSS, Osei Assibey Antwi, explained that his outfit had declared July 14 as ‘National Service Visitation Day’ to embark on official visits to user agencies to interact with their managements and service personnel.
Mr Assibey Antwi also noted that the visit was to learn at first-hand the experiences of personnel, solicit inputs from user agencies to inform the next deployment for the 2022/2023 service year, and highlight the initiatives undertaken so far.
“The initiatives include GNSS/ MSMS Accounting Aid programme, GNSS/ Teaching Programme, GNSS/ IT solution Programme, GNSS/ Communication Project, GNSS/ Agri-Business Model, GNSS/ MOTAC Support Programme, GNSS Kumawu Youth Farm Project, GNSS Youth In Housing Project, GNSS Data and Research project, GNSS Support programme for sports and GNSS Climate change outreach programme,” he disclosed.
According to him, the visit was also aimed at getting feedbacks from the user agencies on how personnel were performing. He disclosed that, as part of the visits, regional directors in all the 10 regional offices were billed to pay working visits to organisations in their respective regions.
In the Greater Accra, the NSS Executive Director and the Deputy Executive Director in charge of Operations, Kwaku Ohene Djan, and an entourage, including the Greater Accra Regional Director, Anastacia Zanoo, visited the University of Ghana and the Adenta Municipal Assembly.
Mr Assibey Antwi called on user agencies to support the management in its resolve to reposition the scheme under its new mission “Deployment for Employment”.
He stressed the need for user agencies to collaborate with the scheme to adopt innovative means to create employment opportunities for personnel after their one-year mandatory service.
Urging personnel to exhibit diligence in the delivery of tasks allotted to them, he advised them to be innovative and take advantage of opportunities available in their various workplaces to secure permanent jobs.
Some pictorial highlights of the visits:
Visit to University of Ghana
Visit to Adenta Municipal Office
In Volta Region, the Regional Director, Ambrose Jnr Entsiwah, visited the Volta Regional DVLA office in Ho, the Ho Municipal Assembly, the Ho Teaching Hospital and the University of Health and Allied Sciences in Hohoe.
Some user agencies, including the GCB Bank PLC and the Driver and Vehicle Licencing Authority (DVLA), have indicated their willingness to accept their annual national service postings earlier than September.
The acting Central Regional Director, Daniel Dawuso, called on the management of COA Research and Manufacturing Company, producers of COA Mixture, PANAFEST Foundation, Ghana Heritage Conservation, managers of the Kakum National Park, Museum and Monument Board, managers of Forts and Castles in the Region.
The delegation also visited SSNIT, Cape Coast Metro Hospital and St. Augstine’s College.
The Ashanti Region delegation, led by the Director, Alex Opoku Mensah, visited Fanmilk GH Ltd Kumasi, KNUST, Nickseth Construction Company and Kumawuman Rural Bank at Kumawu Ashanti, among other areas.
At the KNUST, the Dean of International Relations, Professor Daniel Addai Duah, lauded the NSS for its new mission, which he said was also timely.
Visit to Fanmilk GH Ltd Kumasi
Visit to KNUST
Visit to Nickseth Construction Company
Visit to Kumawuman Rural Bank
Visit to Sekyere Kumawu District Assembly
In Upper East Region, the Regional Director, Mr. Mark N. Abbey, led a delegation of staff to visit the Ghana Tourism Authority, Upper West Regional Hospital, Delagio Hotel and the VRA Regional Office all in the Wa municipality.
Other user agencies visited were S.D. DOMBO UBIDS and Wa Municipal Hospital.
Visit to Ghana Tourism Authority
Visit to Upper West Regional Hospital
Visit to Delagio Hotel
Visit to VRA Regional Office
The Brong Ahafo Regional Director, Prince Kankam Boadu, and his team paid a visit to Yedent Agro Group of Companies Limited (YAGCL), Tyco City Hotel, Enterprise Life Insurance Company and Victory Hardware.
From Tolon in the Northern Region, the Regional Director of the NSS, Rev. George Gado, visited some user agencies to interact with their managements and service persons in the Sagnarigu and the Tolon districts.
The ‘National Service Visitation Day’, Mr Assibey Antwi explained, helped the management to elicit information on the experiences of service persons and the key stakeholders to inform the deployment of personnel for the 2022/2023 service year, which is about two months away.