The Executive Director of National Service Scheme (NSS), Mr. Osei Assibey Antwi has paid a two-day working visit to the Central and Western Regions to inspect some of the NSS projects in the two regions.
He was accompanied by the Deputy Executive Director in-charge of Operations, Mr. Kwaku Ohene Gyan, Head of Corporate Affairs, Mr. Armstrong Esaah and Mr. Oxford Bonsu, head of project.
In the Central Region, he visited a proposed 1,600-acre land at Ankaful which belongs to the Ankaful hospital yet to be fully acquired by the Scheme for farming purposes.
The delegation paid a courtesy call on the management of the hospital to hold discussions with them on the full acquisition of the land.
Mr Antwi expressed optimism that, the land was good and well positioned to enhance agricultural development in the region.
He also visited Komenda crop farm in the Antado town which sprawls to cover over 480 acres of land.
The Executive Director interacted with the workers in the farm and urged them to work hard.
Assessing the state of the infrastructure and equipment used at the farm, the Executive Director advised for the replacement of certain parts like a lower link, top link and hydrolink motto of the new holland tractor to make it function effectively.
The delegation also called for replacement of a new battery and hydraulic motto for the Mahindra tractor, which carries water for use on the farm.
The delegation later paid a courtesy call on the custodians and landlords of the Komenda farms, Chief and Elders of Antado at the Ahenfo Ebiradzi where the Executive Director was officially introduced to the Chief.
The Executive Director in his remarks expressed his commitment to be back to engage the chief and the other stakeholders to resolve all outstanding matters that have hampered the full utilization of the farm.
Earlier in a brief interaction with the Central Regional Director of NSS and the staff, the Executive Director urged them to ensure the possible means to promote the operations of the scheme in the region.
Mr Antwi encouraged the staff to work diligently in all capacities to project a good image of the Scheme.
He noted that, the scheme requires all efforts of the staff to become resilient and one of the most efficient state agencies in the country.
He urged the staff to come out with proposals that will enhance the effective operations of the scheme, adding “my office is opened to all persons who wish to share suggestions on how to improve the services of the scheme and the welfare of staff and personnel”.
In Takoradi, Western Region, the delegation visited the poultry and piggery farm site at Ohiamaadwen.
He assured the farm managers of revamping the farms to include grasscutter rearing.
He further called on the farm managers to come up with innovative ideas to enable them increase their production capacity.
Earlier in his interactions with the Western Regional Director of NSS and staff at his office, Mr. Antwi assured them of open administration.
He requested them to submit recommendations for the forward march of the Scheme such as how the NSS could increase its Internally Generated Fund (IGF) by using the numerous advantages available in the region.
He charged them to come up with proposals that would help advance the course of the personnel and staff welfare of the scheme.
The Executive Director noted the need to develop the Axim bare land and to get private investors to complete the transit quarters in Sekondi, Half-lAssini, and Dwaboso for a possible Build Operate and Transfer (BOT) arrangements.
The delegation later visited the transit quarters at Sekondi to assess the state of the facility for management to take a decision.