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Ghana’s Parliament has on Tuesday, July 09, 2024, passed the National Service Authority Bill 2024.

The passage of the bill sets the National Service Authority (NSA) up as a corporate body possessing the legal capacity to develop and implement national service programmes and policies.

It is also meant to mobilise and post persons due for national service to areas of national priority to promote national development and employability.

Osei Assibey Antwi, Executive Director of the National Service Scheme, following the passage of the bill expressed his excitement, listing the potential benefit it can bring.

He was confident the bill’s passage will help the realisation of a new direction the leadership has taken up, called the deployment for employment.

“If you have a vibrant youth, if you have a youth that has a future, if you have a youth that knows where they are going, if you have a youth that has the policy to guide them, especially at this time that the current management and the board have now moved into a new direction called deployment for employment. This deployment for employment can only be enhanced with this current backing.”

The bill, according to Mr. Assibey Antwi, will also help the Authority to generate its own funds to help create employment to support the government’s efforts.

“Now, Parliament has given us autonomy, an authority vested with powers in areas where it will enhance entrepreneurship.

“With this current status, NSS can work to achieve a lot of internally-generated funds to reduce the burden on the central government, and we know the President will assent to it to give it the finality,” he added.

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