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National Service Scheme to be upgraded into an Authority – Akufo-Addo

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President Akufo-Addo has announced the government’s intentions to elevate the National Service Scheme (NSS) to the status of an Authority.

He revealed that a policy draft is currently in preparation, followed by the enactment of a corresponding law to formalize this transformation, aimed at broadening the scope and structure of the NSS.

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Speaking at the 50th-anniversary celebration of the NSS in Accra, President Nana Akufo-Addo emphasized the NSS’s readiness to adapt to evolving global trends.

The forthcoming policy and law changes will support a model called “deployment for employment,” designed to encourage young graduates to make meaningful contributions to the nation’s long-term development agenda.

The anniversary event, themed “NSS at 50: Repositioning the Scheme for a Sustainable National Development,” features a range of activities, including lectures, a funding summit, blood donation drives, clean-up campaigns, tree-planting initiatives, corporate social responsibility projects, and the launch of the Golden Jubilee Magazine.

President Akufo-Addo underscored the importance of fine-tuning the NSS’s operational scope to benefit the nation. The Scheme should enhance the training and skill development of fresh graduates to meet their employment needs effectively.

He stressed the significance of the national service concept, as it instills patriotism, nationalism, volunteerism, and discipline in the youth, contributing to Ghana’s growth.

President Akufo-Addo commended the NSS Executive-Director, Mr. Osei Assibey Antwi, for his visionary leadership and innovation.

Since 2017, approximately 800,000 service personnel have been deployed across various sectors of the economy to support the mainstream workforce in fulfilling its responsibilities.

The President urged the NSS leadership to give special attention to sectors like health, agriculture, Information, Communication, and Technology, as well as other technical areas crucial to the nation’s development. .

He assured the government’s commitment to providing the necessary support for the NSS’s sustainable growth.

Mr. Alban Bagbin, the Speaker of Parliament, advised the NSS to align its activities with the nation’s development agenda.

Mr. Osei Assibey Antwi, the NSS Executive Director, mentioned that the Scheme was currently cultivating about 20,000 acres of land at the Sekyere-Kumawu economic enclave.

He highlighted the positive outcomes of various projects, especially in the tourism industry and the built environment, expressing their readiness to contribute to national development.

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