To eliminate ‘ghost names,’ National Service personnel data will now be handled online

The National Service Scheme (NSS) has completed practical training of employees from all Ghanaian tertiary education institutions on the new online data transmission system for moving potential national service members from schools to the scheme for postings.

The approach improves efficiency and efficacy while eliminating the delays and errors that plagued the previous procedure.

Mr Osei Assibey Antwi, the NSS’s Executive Director, said the move was in line with the government’s agenda to eliminate human interference in government transactions and inject efficiency. He was speaking at a closing ceremony for the Greater Accra Regional training in Accra.




All officers of tertiary educational institutions in the 16 regions who work with national service data were trained in batches at each regional capital under the new system.


The technology, which erased ghost names from the national service list and saved the country money in the process, would also decrease data entry errors, shorten submission times, and make the new concept of “Deployment for Employment” easier to implement.


Officers from various schools were shown how to submit data to the new system at the same time, including names, ages, courses, and other information on prospective service personnel, to prevent human involvement and speed up the data processing for deployment.




Mr Assibey Antwi, speaking to the roughly 100 people who attended the Greater Accra session, said that many schools have become partners with the NSS in guaranteeing a smooth process, and he urged them to “collaborate with us to clean the system.”


He pointed out that in the age of the internet, there was a need to seize the opportunity and eliminate all of the stumbling blocks that came with delivering data via pendrives and other formats.


He added that the new approach will make it easier for schools and the scheme to communicate, especially when it came to requests for national service members from schools.




He explained that the new strategy is intended to supplement the government’s efforts to create jobs.


Mr Kwaku Ohene Djan, NSS’s Deputy Executive Director, praised the delegates from the different schools for attending the workshop.


He claimed that the delegates’ enthusiasm at all training sessions in all 16 regional capitals demonstrated their desire to assist in overcoming issues related to list transmission.


He did warn, though, that any detection of ghost names will be led directly to the schools’ doorsteps using the new online submission mechanism.

Source :Ghanaweb news online


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