NSS sets record straight on GH¢40 payment

NSS sets record straight on GH¢40 payment

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The Management of the National Service Scheme (NSS) says the GH¢ 40 payment by prospective national service personnel for the computerised registration and deployment of personnel, is not a new policy.

“Payment for computerised registration and deployment (posting) of National Service Personnel was introduced in 2005 and has been in existence since then. It is therefore not a new policy,” the NSS said in a statement issued in Accra yesterday.

The statement has become necessary following misleading information circulating especially on social media about the payment of forty Ghana Cedis by prospective National Service Personnel (NSP).

The statement said the GH¢ 40 was paid by both previous and serving national service personnel and had not been increased.

“The breakdown of the forty Ghana cedis is as follows GH¢10 for NSS ID card, GH¢10 for National Service Personnel Association (NASPA) dues and GH¢20 for computerised registration per person,” it stated.

It said in the past while National Service Personnel posted to private sector User Agencies paid the entire Forty Ghana Cedis upfront at the point of picking their appointment letters, those and posted to public institutions had theirs paid through deductions from their allowances.

It said following approval from the NSS Board, the Management of NSS announced that starting with the 2015/2016 service year, all prospective National Service Personnel who intend to avail themselves to the computerised registration would be required to make this payment at the point of enrolment for the following reasons.

First of all, it said it was meant to eliminate all forms of cash transactions and payment at NSS offices across the country, irrespective of whether such transactions are for registration, NASPA dues or personnel allowances, with the primary objective of reducing the incentives for corrupt practices.

Secondly, it said it sought to improve the quality of service rendered by NSS to National Service Personnel by ensuring that their NSS ID cards and other relevant items are ready on time and can be picked at the time of collecting their appointment letters.

“For instance, it is unacceptable that it is almost seven months into the current service year, yet National Service Personnel have not received their ID cards due to delays associated with deducting payments from allowances before producing the cards,” the statement said.

The statement added that the move was to ensure that all National Service Personnel, whether posted to private or public sectors, were treated equally and fairly as far as their obligation to the Scheme and the services rendered to them were concerned.

“It is also meant to eliminate the phenomenon of multiple deductions suffered by some National Service Personnel especially in cases where deployment of service personnel are amended for one reason or the other and eliminate situations where the Scheme is forced to pay its IT service providers the cost associated with registration and deployment of National Service Personnel who fail to take up their postings,” the statement said.

“The Management of the NSS wishes to state further that the payment for registration applies only to prospective National Service Personnel who elect to use the convenience of the computerised registration approach by logging on to www.nss.gov.gh,” it said.

The statement said “all prospective National Service Personnel who are unable to avail themselves to the computerised registration process are encouraged to pick up free manual enrolment forms from the Deployment Unit at the National Service Scheme Head Office in Accra or download copies from www.nss.gov.gh and return the completed forms to the Head Office”.

Management of the Scheme the statement said, further welcomes any ideas and suggestions that would give the on-going transformation of the Scheme an additional impetus.
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