Some unhappy national service personnel have filed a suit against the Executive Director of the service over the over the mandatory insurance package introduced for them by the National Service Secretariat.
The Executive Director of NSS has sent circulars to all its regional director to charge all personnel a compulsory GHC15 for an insurance package.
However, the complainants; Solomon Anapansah, Toxla Caleb Elikem, Kwadzodeh Enoch Lelabi and Timothy Donkor, say they have not instructed the NSS to enter into any insurance arrangement on their behalf.
Earlier on some NSS personnel also petitioned the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) to look into the same matter.
The Insurance Package
According to the NSS, National service personnel who suffer permanent or temporary disability through accidents during the service year will now be entitled to GH¢15,000 insurance cover.
The next of kin of service persons who die while undertaking the mandatory national exercise, will receive the same amount from Glico Life.
Executive Director of the Scheme, Mustapha Ussif said: “As part of this comprehensive initiative, there is a special package for free inter MTN calls for service persons each month, GH¢5 recharge airtime from MTN to other networks every month, free browsing on social media, 500 free messages, 100 percent bonus on all MTN recharge made by service persons, as well as free viewing of a movie twice a year at Silver Star Cinema.”
Also in his speech to officially launch the insurance policy, the Chairman of the NSS Board, Professor Kofi Osei-Akuoku, said this is to protect personnel who work under harsh conditions.
“The NSS board endorsed this insurance policy because we took into consideration the vulnerability of a large number of the service persons who are working under harsh and challenging situations, including health challenges and loss of life in the line of duty.”
“It is for these and other reasons that the board lends its support to ensuring that the insurance policy comes to fruition,” he added.
However, a former NSS boss Dr Micheal Kpessa Whyte, has described the mandatory insurance for NSS personnel as “daylight robbery.”