The Public Relations Officer at the National Service Secretariat, Ambrose Antsiwah Jnr., has swayed public concerns about the scheme’s policy asking service personnel to pay registration fees.
According to him, the policy has been in existence for years only that people are now averting their minds to it.
The National Service Scheme has come under severe criticism by some national personnel and the general public for charging GH¢40 for registration. Many have questioned why people have to pay to serve their nation.
But responding to the criticism on 3FM’s Late Edition show, Mr. Antsiwah explained, “this has been there for the past five to six years”.
He further noted that the money collected does not directly go to the coffers of the secretariat.
Whatever is collected is channeled into the payment of online registration, personnel association dues, ID cards among others, he said.
“The money doesn’t come to us; not even one pesewa comes to the scheme itself,” he stressed.
Source: Collins Essuman | 3FM | tv3network.com