The National Service Scheme is set to roll out a Global Practice Initiative (NSS-GPI) which will see about a hundred fresh graduates travel each year to spend up to three months working in a foreign country. The initiative he said, seeks to mould Ghanaian youth into globally-exposed youth leaders with global experience, world-class ideas and best practices to contribute to the development of their local communities.
Hon. Mustapha Ussif, the Executive Director of the National Service Scheme made this known when he addressed a gathering at the 2019 Ghana Diaspora Celebration and Homecoming Summit ongoing at the Accra International Conference Centre.
Speaking on the theme for the programme “Recognising Diaspora contributions towards nation building”, he stressed the effort NSS is making to include Diasporas in the National Service programme.
Hon. Mustapha said the National Service Scheme in collaboration with The Diaspora Affairs Office of the President since 2017 rolled out the International National Service programme to afford Ghanaian nationals abroad an opportunity to enrol for national service.
“Considering the needfulness of the National Service Certificate in securing jobs in Ghana and holding public office, the Scheme collaborated with The Diaspora Affairs Office of the President to create a platform to onboard Ghanaians overseas to fulfil their national service obligation to the state. We don’t want anybody left out in the nation building process. The response to the initiative has since been impressive.’’ He added.
Hon. Mustapha used the opportunity to highlight some the government’s interventions in combating graduate unemployment such as the Nation Builders Corps (NABCo), Youth Employment Programme, Planting for Food and Jobs, Rearing for Food and Jobs and the contributions and innovations introduced the Scheme in the same regard.
He said the Scheme has digitised its registration process with the intent to enrich the experience of the many graduates who apply for national service through to the time they complete. The Scheme now runs a paperless system of registration which saves time for their personnel.
“Digitising the registration and deployment process has improved the efficiency and provided the scheme with large data to analyse and make smart decisions for onward running of the scheme” he reiterated.
On digitization, he said National Service Personnel (NSP) can now order for their certificates to be delivered nationwide. He believes this innovation will save time, reduce cost and provide some form of comfort and convenience to National Service personnel who have to travel long distances just to collect their service certificate following completion.
Developing graduate entrepreneurs
In an effort to purge graduate unemployment, Hon. Mustapha said the Scheme in September 2017 started piloting the National Service Entrepreneurship Model with 500 graduates. The NSS Entrepreneurship and Innovative Model aim provide an enabling environment and essential support for graduates with entrepreneurial ideas and sound business models for implementing their ideas throughout the national service period and beyond.
“I am pleased to announce that this year, 20 graduates have successfully been trained and given seed money by MASLOC and Venture Capital to start their own poultry business,” he said.
Among other speakers who presented at the event were Patrick Awuah, the Founding President of Ashesi University and Dr, Mrs Badasu from the Diaspora Affairs Department of the University of Ghana.
Source: NSS Corporate Affairs