Amid the increase in national service allowance, qualified tertiary institution graduates who will be posted to the private sector for their one-year national service will be paid the newly approved monthly stipend, a National Service Scheme (NSS) official has said.
In a discussion monitored by AcademicWeek, the Acting Director of Corporate Affairs at NSS, Ambrose Entsiwah Jnr said the private sector institutions have agreed to pay GH¢715.57 as monthly allowance for service personnel.
“The private sector will pay same. Those doing their national service now will finish in October and the new crop of national service personnel will start in October so we will start with them with the new rate of GH¢715.57,” he stated.
Mr Ambrose Entsiwah indicated the increase in the national service allowance by 27% follows a request by National Service Personnel Association (NASPA) for the service personnel’s monthly stipend to be increased from GH¢559.04.
The NSS Director’s comment comes after his outfit said it has secured government approval for upward adjustment of monthly allowances for National Service Personnel from GH¢559.04 to GH¢715.57, with effect from January 2023.
The National Scheme (NSS) in the press statement said the Controller and Accountant-General has been directed by the central government to give effect to new levels of the service 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,” the management of NSS noted.
The approval of the national service personnel allowance according to the NSS was a result of a series of engagements between the National Service Scheme, the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission, and the Ministry of Finance.