COVID 19: One month mandatory leave expires, national service personnel to resume in May

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The National Service Scheme may have to recall its service personnel to duty, as the one month mandatory leave offered them for the month of April has expired.

Following the rising cases of COVID 19 in Ghana and the perceived risk of contracting the disease, the scheme offered a mandatory leave to its 2019/2020 service personnel batch. Though some personnel particularly those in the health sector were recalled earlier after a request by the Minister of Health appealed to the scheme to make available the services of nurses and other health professionals to support the fight against the COVID 19 pandemic.

Director of the scheme in Western Region, Mr. Okatakyie Henry Amankwa Afrifa tells Skyy News that all service personnel, are obliged to resume work at their various post beginning next week.

“…but it will depend on their institutions’ COVID 19 program. We all know that most of the institutions have a schedules and rosters for their staff, so we expect that all the institutions will let the service personnel know what to do. So I advice the service personnel to adhere to the rules and regulations of their institutions” he emphasized.

Given that most organisations have shed off their staff, and some others providing platforms for their employees to work remotely from their homes in adherence to the social gathering protocol, it is feared that some service personnel may be caught up with conflicts with their service agencies. But Mr. Amakwa Afrifa believes that there are no cause for alarm.

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