The Management of the National Service Scheme (NSS) has blamed delays in postings of prospective service personnel on the recent strike by the University Teachers Association (UTAG).
According to the Deputy Executive Director at the National Service Secretariat, Gifty Oware Aboagye, the protracted UTAG strike made it impossible for the next batch of graduates to complete their academic calendar in order to enable them to begin their service.
“This year, the only thing that affected us, I don’t even blame it on COVID, it is really on the UTAG strike. So it just pulled us back. The UTAG strike affected postings, and so some of the students are still writing exams and are not yet done with school,” she told Francis Abban on Morning Starr Monday.
She also dismissed claims of protocol postings at the NSS.
“Reposting is not a crime. You can come to NSS and you’ll be reposted if you’re posted to a place but the company says you can’t work there. Reposting is not just free, it’s extremely free. Just walk into our office and get reposted. It’s the duty of my staff to get people reposted.”
Gifty Oware Aboagaye also added that service personnel are not likely to see an increment in their allowance this year, but hopefully, the allowance will be increased in 2022.
“The budget has been read, the mid-year budget has been read, and there was no increment s I don’t think there’ll be an increment in NSS allowance. Every year as NSS boss, I make a case for an increment of allowance. As NSS boss, I lose nothing if national service personnel is paid GHC1,000.”