President Nana Akufo-Addo at the 37th AU Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

President Nana Akufo-Addo has decried what he calls the under-utilisation of national service personnel in government institutions.

According to him, the government has invested in the National Service Scheme and expects returns on this investment.

Speaking at the launch of the National Service Policy Document, the President, as a result, announced plans to regulate deployment processes and enhance learning opportunities during national service.

According to the president, there are some initiatives which have been outlined in the National Service policy document which will elevate the National Service Scheme.

President Akufo-Addo stated that pedagogy training will be introduced in collaboration with the National Teaching Council to transform teaching and learning to complement efforts to improve the pupil-teacher ratio.

“[The policy document will] implement an MSME accounting programme to help formalise the informal sector and also form specialised partnerships to promote tourism in Ghana through the NSS support programme.”

Again, it will help “expand experimental agricultural programmes for national service personnel under the Sekyere Kumawu economy enclave with support from the Ministry of Finance under the Ghana Care Obaatanpa Programme and Agri-Impact Ghana,” President Akufo-Addo said.

According to the President, a metric application system will also be implemented to improve efficiency and eliminate waste and redundancy.

He also stated that ICT hubs will be established to provide training for service personnel in IT solutions tailored to meet the needs of communities across Ghana

According to President Akufo-Addo, the measures aim to improve the National Service Scheme by ensuring that trained service personnel are effectively utilized for meaningful contributions to the community.

“These interventions will solidify the National Service Scheme’s position as one of the best in West Africa and the Africa region for deploying service personnel. I urge all stakeholders to support the scheme in achieving its objectives.”

“I am confident that with the implementation of the new policy, the national service scheme will play an even more vital role in shaping the future of our nation and empowering our youth to fulfil their potential.”