April 15, 2024


President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has ushered in a new era for the National Service Scheme (NSS) with the launch of its 2024–2034 policy aimed at reshaping its operations over the next decade.

During the launch at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Accra yesterday, the President outlined the theme "Innovative Deployment: Developing Prospects for the Future," emphasising the need for a forward-looking approach to the scheme's activities.

The President highlighted the policy as a pivotal departure from past practices, focusing on elevating the NSS into a world-class institution. He stressed that the NSS would not only mobilise and deploy graduates but also equip them for success in their respective fields.


President Akufo-Addo urged various stakeholders, including the government, international partners, user agencies, universities, and other institutions, to embrace the policy wholeheartedly. He assured them of the government's unwavering support and commitment to ensuring the successful implementation of the policy.

He mentioned the significance of the policy document, noting that the NSS had previously operated without a clear guideline, and this new document represents a paradigm shift, providing much-needed direction for the scheme's delivery.

Aligning with the government's agenda, the President reiterated his commitment to adequately prepare service personnel for the transition from school to the workforce. He touched on his government's role in providing direction and opportunities for citizens' full potential development, citing initiatives such as Free SHS and Free TVET programmes.

"With the number of institutional graduates increasing annually, reaching 150,000, I emphasise the importance of strengthening the NSS to effectively harness this critical mass," he indicated.


He stressed that the policy document would enhance capacities, reinforce structures, and enable the NSS to mobilize and deploy a growing number of graduates to areas of national priority.

"Statistics from the 2021 National Population and Housing Census revealed that the youth, particularly tertiary graduates, constitute a significant portion of the population. I reaffirm my government's commitment to providing opportunities for the youth to realise their dreams," he outlined.


The Minister of Education, Hon. Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, equally commended the President for the unprecedented improvement in the educational sector, saying, β€œHe has never regretted coming to Ghana to assist the nation in changing the narrative of education.

He again thanked the industrious Executive Director of NSS for his dynamism in shaping the scheme and working towards the policy launch.

Crucial role

For his part, the Executive Director of the National Service Scheme, Osei Assibey Antwi, emphasised the significance of stakeholders' presence at the unveiling of the NSS policy document.

He acknowledged the personnel and staff as the primary beneficiaries of the policy, recognizing their crucial role in ensuring its success.

"I laud the contributions to creating flourishing opportunities under the policy. The direct correlation between the establishment of the policy and operational and institutional productivity is simply amazing," he mentioned.

Osei Assibey highlighted the need for a structured framework to streamline operations, align resources, and target projects and programmes for high service delivery.


The Scheme as currently constituted provides newly qualified graduates the opportunity to have practical exposure on the job, both in the public and private sectors, as part of their civic responsibility to the State
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