The 2020 NDC parliamentary candidate for Oforikrom, Henry Osei Akoto has asked the National Service Scheme (NSS) to account for some Gh¢ 112 Million the scheme said it saved.
In a february 1 statement published on the scheme’s website, the institution claimed they saved the country a whopping Gh¢ 112 Million thanks to good management from its new leadership.
“The nation was on the verge of losing some GH 112 million cedis at the National Service Scheme this year alone. Some 14 thousand ghost names which was spotted on the list of National Service Personnel for the 2021/2022 service year was going to trigger this leakage. But the timely intervention of the current Executive Director, Hon. Osei Assibey Antwi and his management has saved the situation,” the statement read.
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According to the scheme, “Hon. Osei Assibey Antwi upon assumption of office in September 2021 introduced an artificial intelligence security feature known as the metric app with the sole aim of speeding up national service registration process and to also eliminate impersonation.
“This app scans faces of prospective service persons and matches them with their Ghana card for authentication and validation. Though 113,254 people had enrolled for national service, some 14 thousand out of this figure could not be verified and registered. Without this app, these people would have gone through registration and paid monthly service allowance though they may not exist. They were blocked at the gate so could not get the chance to even enter and get registered.
“The country would have spent GH112 million to pay the allowances of those unqualified persons by the end of the service year,” the statement added.
Despite this success chalked by the scheme just a few months ago, it has come to public attention that the scheme has faltered in payment of NSS allowances for the past three months.
According to a statement released by the National Service Personnel Association, the service has now made arrangements to settle January allowances.
See statement below:
Reacting to the situation, Henry Osei Akoto has inquired about the whereabouts of the money thought to have been saved by the scheme.
The NDC PC also queried if government had squandered the money.