The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has declared that national service will no longer be mandatory if he is elected as President of Ghana.
Delivering his first major address as the NPP flagbearer, Dr. Bawumia outlined his policy plans, which include giving students the option to decide whether to participate in national service.
The National Service scheme was established in 1973 with the purpose of deploying skilled manpower from tertiary institutions to support the development efforts of both the public and private sectors in Ghana.
Currently, national service is a requirement for all Ghanaians above the age of eighteen who have graduated from tertiary educational institutions.
However, Dr. Bawumia aims to change this by making it optional for students upon completing their education.
According to Dr. Bawumia, institutions will have the option to visit different campuses in order to recruit fresh graduates and strengthen their workforce.
Additionally, he mentioned that once students complete their education, they will be assigned to employment opportunities.
The original objective of the National Service scheme was to ensure that priority sectors of national life never lacked the necessary human resources for development.
However, with the proposed change, students will have the freedom to choose whether or not to participate in national service.