The National Service Secretariat has withheld about 8,000 service personnel allowances for the month of September, 2017 and are currently under investigation for suspicion of impersonation and disqualification from doing National Service.
The secretariat paid allowances for 58,000 national service personnel in the public sector for the month of September, 2017 into their individual e-zwich accounts in late october, 2017.
According to NSS, payment of the September allowances was delayed as a result of the process of authentication and validation of all national service personnel across the country.
The secretariat has indicated that the exercise was necessary as it has exposed a number of irregularities.
In a press released by NSS on Saturday, October 28, 2017, twenty two people were arrested and put under investigation in the Ashanti region, nine of whom are currently facing court charges.
In Tamale, 57 people have been arrested and are currently under police investigation.
However, in a statement released by the acting director of NSS, Hon Mustapha Ussif, all national service personnel who have not bio-metrically registered were not captured for payment of the September, 2017 allowances. All such national service personnel are therefore advised to visit the designated centers in Accra, Kumasi or Tamale without any further delay to complete their bio-metric registration for their names to be validated for payment of allowances due them.
Source: John Essien/focusfmonline.com