The central government and the National Service Secretariat have been petitioned by a group calling itself Concerned National Service Personnel to increase personnel monthly allowance from GH¢559 to a considerate amount.
They complain that in most cases they have had to borrow from others to be able to transport themselves to their places of work and to pay for rent and utility bills.
The leader of the group, Barimah Amoako Elijah who says although they cannot dictate a particular amount they want their allowance adjusted to, they want the government to consider their petition and act in their favor.
“Since we are in a situation where because of the COVID-19, more businesses have collapsed, fuel prices have increased and cost of living has increased. Averagely, service personnel spend about GH¢25 so you can imagine, 30 days will accumulate to over GH¢600, and we taking GHS559 gives us a negative balance. Sometimes we have to borrow to get money to go to work so the President should do something about it for us. We can’t give any specific amount, but we want them to increase it,” he said.
Ghanaian students who graduate from accredited tertiary institutions are required under law to do a one-year national service to the country. The National Service Secretariat is the Government of Ghana agency mandated to formulate policies and structures for national service
All graduates of tertiary institutions in Ghana are mandated by law to complete a year’s mandatory service at various institutions across the country.
The Government of Ghana (GoG) during some time ago increased the National Service allowance from GH¢350.00 a month to GH¢559.04 a month.