The National Service Secretariat has refuted claims that they have a hand in the release of the final graduate list of prospective National Service Personnel from the University of Education, Winneba which were presented to the Secretariat for postings.
According to them, the accusations against them are “feverous, preposterous and must be treated with the contempt it deserves.”
In a press release, the National Service Secretariat stated that it has “no hand in the list of graduates released from the University of Education, Winneba – Kumasi Campus”.
The NSS further added that upon tipoff that some names submitted by the university were that of unqualified people, they had a meeting with “authorities of the University of Education, Winneba who promised to investigate the matter and punish any member of its staff found to have compromised his or her position in the said allegation.”
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REJOINDER: UEW STUDENT-TEACHERS ACCUSE MANAGEMENT, NATIONAL SERVICE SCHEME OF FRAUD.
The attention of the Management of the National Service Scheme (NSS) has been drawn to a ghanaweb online news article on 16th October, 2018 with the above caption.
Management of NSS want to state unequivocally that it has no hand in the list of graduates released from the University of Education, Winneba – Kumasi Campus.
Management therefore, views the accusation of NSS of fraud as feverous, preposterous and must be treated with the contempt it deserves.
Management want to state herein that in every calendar year, the Scheme writes to all the Tertiary Institutions in the country to submit a Final Year list of their students who are due for National Service.
The list is submitted in both soft and hard copies which is processed by NSS to enable the graduates register for National Service.
On the 24th July 2018, Management received a tip-off that the list submitted by the University of Education, Winneba – Kumasi Campus with which NSS Pin Codes were generated had some names of unqualified graduates for National Service.
Upon receipt of the tip-off, Management wrote a letter dated 24th July 2018 to the National Security Minister with copies to the National Security Coordinator and the Director of Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) requesting for investigation into the allegation and bring to book, the perpetrators of the offence.
Management also, held a meeting on the 25th September 2018 with the Authorities of the University of Education, Winneba who promised to investigate the matter and punish any member of its staff found to have compromised his or her position in the said allegation.
It is therefore, NOT TRUE that Management of National Service Scheme has not acted on the allegation.
It is important to note that as part of the current technological transformation and innovation happening at NSS, Management has put in place stringent measures to identify and block all impersonators in the NSS Database.
It could be recalled that during the press conference, to release the 2018/2019 postings of National Service Personnel on Wednesday 18th July, 2018, the Executive Director of NSS, Hon. Mustapha Ussif stated emphatically in paragraph 15 of his statement that the NSS IT system has identified 2,102 impersonators who have been put on hold for further investigation and possible prosecution.
Management has worked and is working with National Identification Authority to biometrically register all prospective National Service Personnel and authenticate same at all the Regional Validation Centres during the deployment registration processes.
The Management of NSS is practicing open-door policy and therefore, whoever, requires further information on its operations should visit our website on www.nss.gov.gh or contact the Executive Director of NSS personally.
The Public Affairs Directorate, NSS – Accra.
Story by: Nicholas Brown/universnewsroom.com