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The National Service programme is a compulsory one-year service required of all citizens of Ghana who are 18 years and above, at the time of deployment. The Scheme which started in 1973 now operates under Act 426 (of 1980). The objectives of the Scheme are to:
1. Encourage the spirit of national service among ALL segments of Ghanaian society in the effort of nation-building through active participation.2. Undertake projects designed to combat hunger, illiteracy, disease and unemployment in Ghana.3. Help provide essential services and amenities, particularly in towns and villages of the rural areas of Ghana.4. Develop skilled manpower through practical training.5. Promote national unity and strengthen the bonds of common citizenship among Ghanaians.
The posting/placement consideration of service personnel is determined by an interplay of a number of factors including the following:i. National programmesii. Policy prioritiesiii. Courses pursuediv. Choice of regionv. Requests from user agenciesvi. Human resource demand and supplyvii. Extreme health conditionsviii. Social integrationix. Regional balancex. Personnel re-orientation etc.b. At the request of a Service Person, his/her original place of posting may be changed on health grounds. Written petitions may be accompanied by the relevant medical documents.