The management of the Ghana National Service Scheme (NSS) has released a total of 142,381 final year students’ pincodes to enable them to enrol to commence their mandatory national service for the 2023/2024 service year.
The general enrolment pincodes however do not include individual defaulters who have applied to be enrolled on this year’s national service. The Ghana Service Scheme says their pincodes would also be released soon.
In a statement copied to AcademicWeek, NSS said all prospective national service personnel from Tuesday, August 1, 2023, can access their pincodes with their index numbers and the Date of Birth of the Schemes website.
“All eligible service personnel are to visit NSS.gov.gh and then proceed to any Agric Development Bank (ADB) Ltd. branch nationwide to make payment of GH¢40.00,” the management of the Service stated in the press release.
Alternatively, the Service Scheme says personnel can resort to MTN mobile money (MoMo) to make payment for the pincodes to lessen the frequency of human interactions at the banks amid the locally transmitted disease (Covid-19).
“For individuals who will activate their Personal Identification Numbers (PIN) codes using MTN mobile money, payment of GH¢41.00 is required. All personnel are to complete their enrolment by Monday, August 19, 2023,” NSS added.
“Management urges accredited tertiary institutions that are yet to submit their supplementary final year lists, to do so as soon as possible, to enable the Scheme to process them also for enrolment for the 2023/2024 national service
All eligible final year students are advised to ensure that they personally complete the enrollment process to avoid errors that may subsequently affect processing for their deployment,” the National Service Scheme added in the release.
In a related development, the Scheme says it is considering the compulsory 1-year national service period public tertiary institution graduates use to serve the nation before being posted permanently to their workstation.
In an interview monitored by AcademicWeek, Honourable Osei Assibey Antwi said his outfit in due course will submit a report of their assessment of the NSS Act to the management of the Ghana National Scheme for consideration.
“The Act previously mandated service personnel to serve for two years but was later reverted to one year. We are currently working on a proposal on the year’s personnel to use for national service,” the NSS Executive Director stated.
The National Service Director indicated the Scheme has studied the national service of about 20 countries including Kenya, Gambia and Namibia and that a final draft within a month time will be submitted to the central government.
Mr Osei Assibey has also indicated the National Service Scheme (NSS) in 2023 academic year will become an employable agency to ensure personnel who completed the mandatory one-year service are employed permanently.