The National Service Scheme (NSS) says the time is not ripe for conversations on a possible increment of allowances due service personnel to begin.
Already conversations and advocacies have begun for an increment in the NSS “allawa” [allowances] following the recent hike in fuel prices and the general increase in the cost of living in the country.
Currently, the monthly allowances for service personnel are pegged at GH¢559.04.
In an interview on Campus Exclusive, Deputy Executive Director of NSS, Kwaku Ohene Djan stated that the adverse impact of Covid–19 on the country’s economy makes it impossible to increase the monthly allowance for the service personnel.
He wants the service personnel to demonstrate patriotism “to serve their country” in these challenging times.
According to him, “we are not in normal times; given what is prevailing in the world, we have situations where countries are hit [by Covid – 19]. In spite of that, the government of Ghana has not abjudicated its responsibilities to the people of this country.”
“This is not the time that we should be talking about an increment of allowances; we should be pleading with our personnel that this is the time to serve their country and so they should be committed to it and I think that in doing so, they help better lives. At the appropriate time, we would look at the allowance and do what is right” he told the host of Campus Exclusive.
Mr. Ohene Djan added that “presently, I do not have an indication yet that for the upcoming service year the allowance will go up.”
The last time allowances were increased was in 2017 when it was increased from GH¢350.00 a month to GH¢559.04.
Issues on reposting
Mr. Kwaku Ohene Djan further cautioned prospective National Service personnel to be wary of persons who promise to get them reposted to their institutions of choice in the 2021/2022 service year when it releases the postings.
He explained that no one has the power to influence the postings of the scheme.
He said such persons who promise to repost the service personnel are scammers.
“I’d like to seize this opportunity to alert prospective personnel that in times like this, you would have a lot of scammers going around just to take undue advantage of them. There is nothing at NSS called special posting,” he warned.
It is unclear when NSS will release postings but Mr. Ohene Djan indicated it could possibly be in October this year.