Accra, Scores of National Service Personnel on Thursday initiated moves to prevent Executives of the National Service Personnel Association (NASPA) from deducting an amount of GH 15.00 from their allowance as premium for an insurance scheme.
The petition dubbed: Say no to compulsory Insurance policy, is to be signed by all service personnel who are against the compulsory insurance premium deduction.
The goal of the petition which was to get about 1,000 signatures of National Service Personnel as at 16: 27 hours on Thursday, received 1,059 signatures against the insurance policy.
The petition which is being coordinated by Angle Three Associates, a social advocate group would be sent to the Acting National Service Director, Mr Mustapha Ussif.
NASPA announced their decision to deduct an amount of GH 15.00 every month from the allowance paid to service persons in the country to aid as an insurance scheme in case of any disaster.
However, most service personnel have received the message with much indifference describing the move as day light robbery, a scheme to rob them of their scanty allowance.
Ms Gloria Amponsah, a National Service Personnel at the Parliament House said that; I do not think they were supposed to be that autocratic, they should have rather sought for our permission before making that decision, I am not in support of it at all, we will not accept it.
This is really confusing and annoying how can a person be signed up for an insurance scheme without their presence? This is a day light robbery, I have not budgeted for any insurance package, and they dare not deduct any Gh 15.00 Ms Helena Boateng of Ghana Oil Company Limited told the Ghana News Agency in an interview.
Mr Gabriel Atuwo at the Registrar General’s Department said he does not see this act by NASPA Executives to be prudent, and that he has not budgeted for any amount to be deducted from his allowance.
Some of us are going to pay our fees with this money, so the little that would be taken out of it might cause us inconveniencies, he added.
The 12- month insurance policy package for all National Service Personnel across the country; covers death, injury, medicals among other serious implications that may affect the wellbeing of personnel during the year of service.
According to a statement from the NSS and copied to the Ghana News Agency explained that as per the terms of the agreement, the insurance company is required to pay a claim of GH 15,000.00 to the next of kin in case of death of any personnel during the period of service.
“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 was quoted in the statement.
In the event of personnel becoming temporary disabled for a period not less than one month due to accidental injury, the insurance company would also pay the affected NSP GH3, 000.00.
According to the statement, the board chairman said, provisions of the National Service Scheme Act, 1980, Act 426 approves the package after vigorous and wide scrutiny and consultation.
Prof. Akuoko cautioned insurance companies not to drag their feet when payment is due to any personnel.
He said Personnel, as part of the insurance package would be entitled to other complimentary packages including, a loan facility of GH 500.00, payable within a 6 months period”.
The loan facility, he said, 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 GH 5.00 for calls to other networks; Free browsing on Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter, Instagram, WeChat, Jobberman website, GLICO website.
A 500 free SMS each month, 100 per cent bonus on all MTN recharge made by personnel and a free movie viewing twice a year at Silver Star Cinema(s). All thes will be enjoyed under a premium of GH 15. he added.
According to the statement, the President of the National Service Personnel Association, Mr Philip Quaye, said, NSPs during the service period goes through life affecting situations that do not only affect their term of service but also affect their lives and that of their families in general.
In the recent Gas explosion at Atomic Junction, a National Service Personnel was among the injured persons.
If this policy had come earlier, the personnel could have enjoyed the package.
Source: Ghana News Agency