Some National Service personnel want the government to consider an increment in the monthly allowances as cost of living in Ghana rises.
According to them, the current monthly allowance of 559 cedis is not enough to match up to the rising cost of living in the country.
Speaking to the media after a visit to the Mole National Park as part of the National Service Personnel week celebration, the outgoing President of National Service personnel for Northern, North East, and Savannah Regions, Abukari Eliassu Kurabaso, explained the current allowance is woefully inadequate.
“We have seen an increment in the minimum wage rate in the country, but we are yet to see an increase in service allowances. We are making a passionate appeal to the government to increase it a bit for us.”
“We rely solely on the allowance, and it is insufficient, taking into consideration all the expenses we will be making.”
All graduates of tertiary institutions in Ghana are mandated by law to complete a one year compulsory service at various institutions across the country.
Their current monthly allowance is GH¢559 and the last time personnel witnessed an increment in their allowance was in April 2017 when it was increased from GH¢350.00 a month to GH¢559.04 a month.