MANDATE OF THE NATIONAL SERVICE SCHEME
The Ghana National Service Scheme (NSS) operates under the Ghana National Service Scheme Act of 1980, Act 426, which replaced NRCD 208 of 1973. Under the new Act, National Service Personnel (NSP) are required to render a mandatory service for a period of two years including a minimum period of six months military training. However, in 1995, the two year duration was changed to one-year.
The Scheme as currently constituted provides newly qualified graduates the opportunity to have practical exposure on the job, both in the public and private sectors, as part of their civic responsibility to the State. It also provides user agencies the opportunity to satisfy their manpower needs and affords communities that would otherwise have difficulty in accessing mainstream development initiatives, access to improved social services through community service.
Leader in Youth Service
Mobilize and Deploy Ghanaian citizens of 18 years and above for National Development
“Service To The Nation”
1. Encourage the spirit of national service among ALL segments of Ghanaian society in the effort of nation -building through active participation.
2. Undertake projects designed to combat hunger, illiteracy, disease and unemployment in Ghana.
3. Help provide essential services and amenities, particularly in towns and villages of the rural areas of Ghana.
4. Develop skilled manpower through practical training.
5. Promote national unity and strengthen the bonds of common citizenship among Ghanaians.
NATIONAL SERVICE DEPLOYMENT
The Scheme’s deployment is contingent on provisions of section (3) of Act 426, which directs the scheme to deploy personnel to undertake National Service duties in:
[d] Local Government
[e] Rural Development, including surveying, physical planning, civil engineering and rural industries.
[f] Youth Programmes