Over 20 national service persons have lost their lives nationwide for the 2011/2012 national service year. Majority of them died because they could not afford their hospital bills. Typical cases were those personnel who have died in the Brong Ahafo region after they were hospitalized at the hospital.

The Executive Director Mr. Vincent Senam Kuagbenu should be held responsible for the deaths of those service personnel and those who are yet to pass on.

Upon assumption into office as the Brong Ahafo regional President of NASPA, attempts to fulfill article 11.7 and 11.9 that state that: “Welfare committee shall be established in all districts” and “Personnel shall decide at a meeting how much to contribute to fund” of the association’s constitution proved futile since the executive director cautioned all directors not to deduct any money from allowances of service personnel without his approval.

This directive sounded laudable since leaderships of NASPA presumed that it was a step to prevent superfluous deductions. Due to delays by Mr. Kuagbenu in approving welfare contributions by personnel the Brong Ahafo region just lost Miss Alfredina Boowuo, a national service person who was posted to the office of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture- Wenchi. Miss Boowuo was admitted to Wenchi Methodist Hospital and eventually referred to the regional hospital for further treatment, where she passed on.

Even though the leaderships of NASPA were of the known of her illness, they could not do much since they did not have the authority to deduct money to support her treatment. The appalling part of this case is that personnel were willing to permit the NSS to deduct money for her welfare however, neither did the district nor regional NSS director regarded the leaderships of NASPA all in the name of a circular by the executive director.

As usual, after Alfredina passed on, the NSS was able to donate gargantuan sum of money for her mortuary bill, coffin fee, ambulance fee, and other bills.

Mr. John K. Tandoh a product of UCC and a national service person in the Bosomtwe District of the Ashanti region is currently on a dialysis machine hoping to undertake a kidney transplantation surgery. In line with article 16.1 leaderships of NASPA from the various regions agreed at the just ended mini-congress that an amount of GHS 1.00 should be deducted from the June allowances of the over 65,000 national service personnel deployed this year to cater for the surgery fee and medications.

Information gathered from the ten regions indicates that personnel were happy about this decision; however, the executive director who only happens to be an ex-officio member of NASPA has refused to approve the decision meant to save the life of a service person.

Currently John is on dialysis machine which costs his family about GHS 300.00 a week. This attitude of the executive director has made the 2011/2012 personnel believe the popular notion that the acronym NSS means “National Suffering Scheme”.

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