The central government and the National Service Secretariat have been petitioned by a group calling itself Concerned National Service Personnel to increase personnel allowance from GH¢559 to a considerate amount.
According to the group, the current GH¢559 as their monthly allowance is too small to cater for themselves as the cost of living in the country continues to rise in the midst of the global novel coronavirus pandemic.
Barimah Amoako Elijah, the leader of Concerned National Service Personnel, in the petition said they cannot prescribe a particular amount to be paid as allowance by the NSS Secretariat but something above GH¢559.
“Since we are in a situation where because of the COVID-19, more businesses have collapsed, fuel prices have increased and the cost of living has increased. Averagely, service personnel spend about GH¢25 so you can imagine, 30 days will accumulate to over GH¢600, and we taking GHS559 gives us a negative balance. Sometimes we have to borrow to get money to go to work so the President should do something about it for us. We can’t give any specific amount, but we want them to increase it,” he noted.
The Government of Ghana (GoG) the last time increased the National Service allowance from GH¢350.00 a month to GH¢559.04 a month.