Each National Service person will now pay a mandatory monthly GHC15 fee as insurance cover in a new policy by the National Service Scheme.
Under the insurance policy, personnel would enjoy free healthcare during their 12-month national service and in the event of death while in service, GHC15,000 would be paid to the next of kin.
Personnel who suffer temporary disability while in service for period not less than a month, will also receive GHC3,000 compensation package from the inusers, GLICO.
Again, aside other complimentary packages, personnel would be entitled to a soft loan of GH500 which would be payable within six months.
“Same applies to any critical situation that may render the personnel disabled or any form of implication,” Board Chairman of the scheme, Professor Kofi Osei Akuoko said on Tuesday.
He explained the introduction of the insurance cover for service personnel is in line with the provisions of the National Service Scheme Act of 1980 [Act426], noting a broader consultation with stakeholders have been done.
Professor Akuoko has meanwhile cautioned insurance companies not to drag their feet when payment is due to any personnel.
Acting Executive Director of the Scheme, Mustapha Ussif disclosed that personnel would enjoy complimentary packages noting the loan facility, would ease up the financial burden of personnel while waiting to be paid their monthly “allowance”.“Free inter MTN calls for service personnel each month. A recharge credit of GHS5 for calls to other networks. Free browsing on Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter, Instagram, WeChat, Jobberman website, GLICO website. A 500 free SMS each month, 100% bonus on all MTN recharge made by personnel and a free movie viewing twice a year at Silver Star Cinema(s). All this will be enjoyed under a premium of GHS15,” he added.
President of the National Service Personnel Association, Philip Quaye, observed personnel go through difficult situations during their service, which he said, do not only affect their term of service but also affect their lives and that of their family in general.
He said if the insurance policy had come earlier, the servicel person who died in the recent Atomic Junction gas explosion would have enjoyed the package.
Meanwhile, the Scheme has withheld the allowance of over 8,000 personnel for suspicion of impersonation and disqualification from doing national service.