The management of the Ghana National Service Scheme (NSS) has organized a stakeholder’s conference, a maiden one that factors the educational sector with all tertiary institutions across the country on the database of students who are eligible for service.
The conference was held under the theme “Strengthening NSS Database for Effective Deployment”.
The event which brought together regional directors of the Scheme and a number of representatives from private and public accredited tertiary institutions was held at the Executive Conference Centre of GIMPA, Accra on Friday, February 9.
The Ag. Executive Director of NSS, Mustapha Ussif explained that, the stakeholders’ conference was part of efforts by management to bring to the attention of the various tertiary institutions the mandate of the Scheme, the process of registration, deployment of national service personnel and the role of the institutions as stakeholders, before, during and after the process of deployment.
He added that, “The Scheme is here to deliberate on measures instituted to strengthen our database and expected roles towards achieving our set objectives. It is our hope that this event will afford us an opportunity to frankly exchange ideas on how to improve on the Scheme’s databases for efficient posting”.
Dr. Kingsley Nyarko who represented the board at the function also said, “The database of the Scheme is thus relevant in terms of planning, making choices and taking decisions to benefit the Scheme and other users of its services. However, it is not enough to have a database; what is important and critical is to have one that ensures and guarantees effective and reliable service delivery and user satisfaction”.
He further added that, “The online system which is being introduced by the Scheme will help reduce cost, minimize human intervention, human errors and the inconsistences in the data reporting and analysis. This approach will go a long way in reducing delays and possible errors which will make data readily accessible to the National Service Secretariat for effective personnel registration and posting.
The new system in effect will enable the Scheme check challenges such us late submission of class lists by institutions, multiple and wrong submissions of names, wrong submissions of ID numbers and also check the defaulters of service.
The Scheme will soon hold a stakeholders’ meeting for user agencies.