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4,800 Service personnel deployed across the northern region


The Northern Regional Minister Abdallah Abubakari has urged National Service personnel posted to the region to be good ambassadors and remarkable citizens.

According to the minister, national service is a national obligation bestowed on them by the country to contribute their quota towards its development.

Mr Abubakari made the call at an orientation ceremony for personnel posted to the region in Tamale on Thursday.

About 4,800 personnel have been deployed to the northern region and so far, 1,800 have been registered and are expected to report to their various communities on the 1st of September 2016.

Personnel would be deployed to all institutions in the region and are expected to serve them for a period of one year.

The orientation was to serve as a platform for interaction with the service personnel to acquaint them with their roles and responsibilities and the roles of the institutions they would be serving.

Speaking to the service personnel, the northern regional minister emphasized that success has got nothing to do with one’s certificate but rather with one’s attitude and values. He therefore urged them to put up behaviours that will improve the living conditions of their serving communities.

On his part, the northern regional director of the National Service Scheme (NSS), Rev. George Awala encouraged them to be agents of change and peace in any community that they may find themselves.

He also cautioned them not to involve themselves in partisan politics to the detriment of their own lives.

He further advised them to be objective in their activities to help their communities before, during and after the December 7 elections. The orientation, Rev. Awala said, will continue till the 1st of September 2016.

Inspiring participants at the occasion, an inspirational speaker and an entrepreneur, Prophet Godwin Sarfo Annan,who is also Overseer of the Holy Hill Chapel challenged the service personnel to look for opportunities to better their lives rather than waiting on the government for employment. “You should see yourselves as agents of change in your communities,” he emphasized.

The Prophet also encouraged them not to worry about where they are being posted but rather concentrate on the impact they will make on the people of the communities they will be serving.

National Service, he said, is a service to humanity and therefore they should put in all efforts to achieve a better tomorrow. The participants were given the opportunity to ask questions concerning their welfare during their stay in their communities.

By Lilian D. Walter/

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