MOVEMENT FOR PROMPT ACTION (MPA)
The unfair, unwarranted and unjust treatment of this year’s National Service Personnel is too obvious to require further proof. For three months now, service personnel have faithfully and conscientiously discharged their duties at post without the requisite remuneration. In other words, the monthly allowance required by law under the terms and conditions of engagement (ACT 426 of 1980 sections 5) to be paid to national service personnel has not been paid for three clear months and still counting.
Meanwhile, section 7 of the same Act explicitly prohibits Service Personnel from engaging in any other economic activity (whether self-employed or otherwise) to fend for themselves. No reason has been given for this undue delay in the payment of the allowances. Many thought the BNI investigations of alleged financial misconduct had affected the operations of the NSS and could be the cause of the delay. It however emerged that the said investigations had nothing whatsoever to do with the delay, as the acting executive director, Dr. Michael Kpessa-Whyte noted on Newsfile on 1st November 2014. So what could have caused this delay? As we speak, no plausible reason has been given for the rather unsportsmanlike treatment.
Further, the NSS has adopted a posture of discrimination in the form of selective, differential and preferential treatment contrary to article 35 clause 5 of the 1992 constitution of the republic of Ghana. It would have been in the interest of accountability and transparency if at least National Service Personnel were informed officially of the reasons for the non-payment of their allowances.
Interestingly, the National Service Personnel Association (NASPA), the body responsible for representing the collective interest and welfare of service personnel and providing them with information is nowhere to be found.
It is either they are incapacitated to do what is necessary to ensure the release of the allowances, or they are in bed with the National Service Secretariat to shortchange service personnel. NASPA’s unwarranted silence has created a situation where there is absolutely no pressure on the Secretariat to do the needful.
As a result, they persist in this delay much to the detriment of service personnel. The many personnel who have been sent to farawayu places and who have no means of sustenance are in a desperate and dire situations.
We believe in the spirit of the letter that established the national service scheme; ‘’service to the nation’’ and will therefore do all we can to protect it. Our contribution is keen to the growth and development of our nation and thereby every support needed to catalyse this must be provided with all the sense of urgency it deserves.
We hereby call on the National Service Secretariat and all stakeholders involved to as a matter of urgency and national interest release the three month outstanding allowance without further delay.
Anything apart from the above stated will trigger a second thought of our position and commitment.
Director of Communication
Michael Adjei Darkwah
Yakubu M. Hardi
Northern Regional coordinator
Rich Kofi Kofituo
Greater Accra Regional Cordinator