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National Service or National Suffering? the Cry of the Ghanaian National Service Personnel

National Service or National Suffering? the Cry of the Ghanaian National Service Personnel


After Tertiary education students from the Polytechnic s, Colleges and Universities etc. are to proceed and do their National Service which starts in September and ends on 31st August the following year.

The month August is a leave for all National Service Personnel’s but those who were posted to schools have to wait for the school to vacate before they can go on the leave.

Since Corruption and Fraud was detected at the Regional and District secretariats of NSS, there have been delays in paying the allowance which is nothing to write home about to Service Personnel’s.

The most annoying part is that on the service registration online form  you are given the chance to choose 3 regions where u  want to do your National Service,  but at times they refuse giving you any of the 3 regions you chosed and post you to a different Region, most students looking at the financial constraints choose regions where they think it will favor them to get their daily bread from family friends, parents, etc., or choose places closer to their homes yet they are sent to regions very far from home, which make the service a suffering.

Imagine someone who stays in Koforidua and he or she chooses Eastern Region, Greater Accra and Ashanti  Region and at the end of the day these students are posted to Kunbungu in the Northern Region,  Pru in the Brong Ahafo Region or Sewhi  Wiawso in the Western Region, living or cost of living becomes a challenge to these Personnel’s.

Service  Personnel’s are expected to submit their monthly allowance form around 15th of every month so that allawa can be processed early and sent into their ezwich accounts by the end of the month.

Personnel’s can expect their first allawa at the end of September but only God know when they will pay us.

There have been circumstances where we went to one of the district secretariat  to submit the October monthly form and realized that the September form we sent were still hipped there,  it has not yet been submitted to the Regional Office to be processed to the Nation headquarters for auditing before finally submitted to CAGD to effect payment.

October is at the edge of ending and how are we going to survive in a region far away from home.

Who speaks for the voiceless?

We can’t leave like this anymore.

Kindly pay us our allawa.


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Ellis Ferdinand is the Founder/Chief Executive Officer of EducationGhana Limited and the Managing Editor at . He is a passionate writer,a publicist and an online Marketer and Promoter. He is Ghana's number 1 Education Blogger who brings all happenings in the Ghanaian Education Sector ,from Basic to Tertiary, to the doorsteps of readers on He is also the Founder of Education Awards Ghana which will soon be launched in Ghana to help boosts the Education Sector. He is Passionate about Promoting Education in Ghana, Africa and the world at large. Ferdinand Completed Accra College of Education and was Awarded a Diploma In Basic Education by the University of Cape Coast and Currently reading Psychology and Foundation of Education with Management and Accounting Options at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana. Ferdinand is willing to work with any organization who believes in Promoting quality business as well as Education in Ghana and Africa. You can Contact him for Promotion of Events,Advertisements,Publications and any other business through Education Ghana.

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