The National Service Scheme (NSS) has been successful in lobbying Government to approve a proposal to increase the amount paid as monthly allowances to National Service Personnel.
Per the new approvals as announced by the management of the NSS, the allowance has been raised from GH¢559.04 to GH¢715.57, effective January 2023 and the payments would be backdated.
The NSS, in a statement signed by Ambrose Entsiwah Jnr., the Acting Director of Corporate Affairs, said the approval for upward adjustment came following a series of productive engagements between the Scheme, the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission, and the Ministry of Finance.
The letter also directed The Controller and Accountant-General to give effect to the new levels of the personnel allowances.
In effect, all National Service Personnel who are currently in active service are entitled to arrears for the difference in the upward adjustment from January, 2023, and would be paid accordingly.
Management therefore urges all National Service Personnel to exercise patience as the necessary administrative processes are being concluded to have all the arrears duly paid.
The scheme is mandated to deploy a pool of skilled manpower drawn primarily from tertiary institutions to support the development efforts of both the public and private sectors in Ghana.
Established in 1973, the NSS is a Government of Ghana program under the Ministry of Education of Ghana with a National Secretariat in Accra, and offices in all administrative regions and districts across the country.
Although it is a citizenry requirement for all Ghanaians who are eighteen years above, it is currently limited to, and mandatory for all Ghanaians graduating from tertiary educational institutions who are not less than eighteen years old.
The original intent of deploying freshly graduating youth under the NSS arrangement is to ensure that priority sectors of our national life are never lacking in the requisite human resources needed for development.