Allowances for about 8,000 National Service personnel across the country have been withheld, the National Service Secretariat has announced.
A statement signed by the acting Executive Director of the Secretariat, Mustapha Ussif, explained that the suspension of the payment of the September allowances is to allow for investigations into the affected personnel, who are either suspected of impersonation or disqualified from doing national service.
This follows the release of the September allowances 58,000 by the NSS.
Some service personnel had earlier threatened to demonstrate against the NSS for the delays in the payment of the allowances.
“The exercise was necessary as it has exposed a number of irregularities,” the statement indicated.
The NSS revealed that its authentication and validation process has led to the arrest and investigation of 77 persons in the Ashanti region and Tamale.
Out of the 77 suspects, the statement said 22 were picked up in the Ashanti Region whilst the remaining 57 were arrested in Tamale.
The NSS indicated that 9 out of the 22 suspects in the Ashanti region are currently being prosecuted while the remaining are still being investigated.
“Management wishes to appeal to the general public to assist the Scheme by providing information to the security agencies on people who are impersonating for national service,” the statement pointed out.
This shocking revelation comes at a time when service personnel have been awaiting the fulfillment of a promise by the NSS to pay their September allowances before October ends.
As promised, the NSS has released the allowances of the 58,000 personnel whose data has not been flagged by the authentication process.
“Service personnel are therefore required to go to designated e-zwich service points to load their cards to access their allowances,” the statement directed.
The NSS in line with an earlier statement has also suspended the allowances of all national service personnel who are not biometrically registered.
“All such national service personnel are therefore advised to visit the designated centres in Accra, Kumasi, or Tamale without any further delay to complete their biometric registration for their names to be validated for payment of allowances due them,”
The Secretariat, in the statement, also indicated that it has concluded processes for the payment of October 2017 allowances.
“Management wishes to assure all national service personnel that auditing of payment vouchers for October, 2017 personnel allowances have been concluded, and that, payment would be done immediately the biometric validation is also concluded,” the statement assured.