The National Service Scheme (NSS) has announced the commencement of the implementation of its second phase of biometric verification deployment into its operations.
Making the disclosure to the media, the Executive Director of the Scheme, Osei Assibey Antwi, stated that over the past four years, the NSS had embarked on digital transformation journey, successfully digitizing 17 key processes aimed at enhancing operational efficiency and staff productivity.
It could be recalled that this process of digital transformation was highly commended by the Vice President-Mahamudu Bawumia when he paid a working visit to the headquarters of the NSS in Accra last year.
Mr Assibey Anwti added that notable highlight of this journey had been the successful implementation of Biometric Identity Verification across all sixteen regions during the 2021/2022 deployment season.
Prospects of Phase II
Looking ahead of Phase II, which has been unveiled, the NSS Executive Director said this groundbreaking project aims at expanding the coverage of the biometric service from 85 locations to an extensive 345 locations nationwide.
This expansion, he noted, not only strengthens the Scheme’s fiscal position but also anticipates additional savings on its nominal monthly payroll.
He indicated that it is also aimed at putting in measures to weed out fraudsters and their unscrupulous activities that undermine the Scheme’s efforts.
In doing this, he said, the Scheme would be providing clean and decent services to both the public and private sectors of the country’s economy.
“The success of our collaboration with our technology partners in Phase I has demonstrated the power of digital solutions in safeguarding NSS operations. As we embark on Phase II, we are poised to further fortify our stance against fraud and elevate operational efficiency to new heights,” he noted.
Mr Assibeg Antwi noted that this initiative is not just a technological upgrade; it is a strategic investment in the future of NSS digitalization.
Phase I successes
The NSS Executive Director said leveraging the Ghana Card, this initiative had been a resounding success, preventing over 14,000 fraudulent attempts and projecting savings of approximately $20,000,000.00 for the Ghanaian government.
The impact on fraud prevention and operational efficiency, he stressed, had been substantial, reinforcing NSS’s commitment to upholding the highest standards of integrity and fiscal responsibility.
The NSS is a vital institution committed to enhancing the efficiency of public service and supplying the manpower shortfalls and gaps in the private sector in Ghana.
With a focus on innovation and continuous improvement, NSS plays a pivotal role in contributing to the nation’s development.
Osei Assibey Anwti, Executive Director of NSS (right) briefing the Vice Prsident (left) during a working visit to the NSS Headquarters in Accra last year