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The Concerned National Service Scheme (NSS) Personnel Association of Ghana (CONSPAG) has announced a nationwide strike, effective Wednesday, July 3, 2024, until their allowances are paid.

In a statement dated July 2, 2024, addressed to all NSS personnel, user agencies, and other stakeholders, the Association outlined the challenges prompting the strike.

These include the inability to pay for accommodation and utility bills, transport to their various user agencies, and basic sustenance at their workplaces.

Many have been forced to borrow money to survive due to the non-payment of allowances, leading to health complications among some personnel.

The government currently owes trainees five months’ allowance and university graduates three months’ allowance.

The Association pointed out that, according to NSS rules and regulations, personnel who fail to report to their post for three months after posting will be sanctioned.

Despite this, they have been working under difficult conditions without allowances for five and three months, respectively.

Describing the situation as akin to slavery, the Association stated that their workforce is undermined and their service to the nation is not duly recognized.

They emphasized that National Service Personnel have been integral to the success of most public and private institutions in the state, and their productivity should not go unnoticed.

The Association called on all public and private stakeholders, including media houses, political leaders, and traditional rulers, to support their cause and help push for the timely payment of allowances.

By Daakyehene Nana Yaw Asante