Regional offices of National Service Scheme halts registering of defaulters

National ServiceThe National Service Scheme says its regional offices will no longer accept applications from eligible Ghanaians who have missed the opportunity to do their national service in previous years and now wish to enrol.

A statement signed by the Acting Executive Director of the Scheme, Dr. Michael Kpessa-Whyte, says eligible applicants are required to personally submit their application letters to the head office of the Scheme in Accra from now till end of February 2016 for validation, before they could be considered for the online registration.

According to the statement, all application letters must be accompanied by academic certificates or transcripts from accredited tertiary institutions attended, and evidence of application for deferment of national service from previous years.

The statement explained that these new measures are being instituted to curb possible abuse of the system where previously, ineligible persons could enrol to do the service without any means of detection.

The National Service Scheme reminded the public that the National Service Act, 1980 (Act 426) makes it mandatory for every Ghanaian of 18 years and above who has acquired a tertiary educational training, to fulfil national service obligation to the state.

By Emmanuel Odonkor

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