AN orientation programme has been organised for prospective national service personnel in the Kumasi metropolis with a call on service personnel to see themselves as role models in the communities in which they operate.
They were therefore called upon to lead lives that would portray a good image of themselves and the National Service Scheme (NSS). Mr Kwesi Quainoo, the Ashanti Regional Director of the Scheme, said at the orientation that “one of our major objectives is to ensure that personnel develop the right habits and attitudes to work to enhance their potentials as far as job opportunities are concerned”.
He admitted the fact that personnel went through some difficulties but observed that sacrifice and hard work were the only answer to a successful future.
“The National Service Scheme has both challenges and opportunities to help personnel have cross-cultural experience, which would enable them to learn new things and thus be in a better position to make informed decisions in the future”, Mr Quainoo said.
The regional co-ordinator says one of the noble objectives of the NSS is to serve as a vehicle to foster national cohesion and integration to help personnel gain knowledge and skills in various aspects of life.
Mr Quainoo gave the assurance that his outfit would ensure a convenient posting exercise this year and therefore called on the prospective service personnel to co-operate with the secretariat for a successful exercise.
He noted that last year there was so much congestion at the secretariat in Kumasi, which made the work very tedious for the staff.
The secretariat therefore set up a registration centre at the Kwame NKrumah University of Science and Technology and the Kumasi Technical Institute to ensure sanity in the programme.
Mr Quainoo advised personnel, especially those who would be in the classrooms to avoid dressing shabbily to work, in order to paint a good picture of themselves.
On the payment of allowances, Mr Quainoo said the system had improved over the years and gave the assurance that everything would be done to ensure that personnel were paid promptly.
He warned against personnel deserting their post and going to the secretariat at the end of the month to collect their allowances.
The regional co-ordinator continued that a monitoring team would be dispatched to the various departments and other points of work to see how personnel were discharging their duties.
He also advised the personnel to register for the National Health Insurance Scheme to access affordable and quality health care.