About 55,000 people are expected to be deployed to various institutions and companies for the 2010-2011 National Service Posting, starting from next month.
Registration for this year service has closed and the Executive Director of the National Service Scheme (NSS), Mr. Vincent Senam Kuagbenu, has announced that posting will start soon.
The Director of Public Relations, Mr. Ambrose Entsiwah jnr. disclosed this in an interview with the Times.
He said NSS was established in 1973 by a decree with the mandate to mobilize and deploy Ghanaian citizens of 18 years and above, especially newly qualified University graduates and diplomats, on national priority development programmes.
The Scheme has the mandate to mobilize and deploy any person in the field of agriculture, co-operatives, education, health, local government, military, rural development, youth programmes and any other field that the scheme may prescribe.
Also the service is to train personnel to develop their potentials and create opportunities for future employment, encourage the youth to become change agents in society, provide orientation and re-orientation to imbibe and internalize in them a positive work culture.
Mr. Entsiwah jnr. noted that the National Service Scheme currently deploys between 40,000 and 50,000 mandatory service personnel and 20,000 volunteers annually.
He said the deployment strategy is influenced by the government’s socio-economic development agenda for the country, adding that with the available skill mix, service personnel are deployed to a variety of occupational fields.
The Ghana Education Service (GES) is the major beneficiary of the service since the education sector always has a deficit of teachers in the classrooms especially in the rural areas.
An average of 60% of personnel, are deployed to the sector annually, he mentioned.
He said the scheme intervenes in the health sector by posting personnel to deprived communities to assist in the provision of potable water and appropriate sanitation facilities.
According to him the Scheme has become the source of leverage to most public service institutions including the District Assemblies, by using national service personnel to meet their social service obligations.
Mr. Entsiwah jnr.said the Scheme has played a crucial role in the country’s decentralization process, by deploying qualified personnel with the requisite skills, in the area of planning, accounting, civil engineering etc, to support the social and infrastructure service delivery of district Assemblies.