Director of Public Affairs for the National Service Scheme (NSS), David Prah has denied claims by the Herald Newspaper that the NSS blew a whooping sums of GH¢12 million to purchase luxurious vehicle for themselves, defying President Akufo-Addo’s ban on the purchase of vehicles by state institutions.
According to Mr. Prah, the Executive Secretary for NSS Mr. Mustapha Ussif, donated the vehicle in question to the Education Ministry as part of the NSS collaboration with the Ghana Education Service on the School Farms Project and the Farmer Feeds School Project.
The Minister for Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, received 10 Toyota Hilux pickups from the NSS on behalf of the Ghana Education Service (GES) last week.
“The NSS has not wasted taxpayers’ money on any luxurious vehicles. Some of the cars were donated to the education ministry as part the School Farms Project. Tractors and bulldozers where designated to the Farmer Feeds School Project,” he told Kwame Afrifa-Mensah on Happy FM’s ‘Epa Hoa Daben’ show.
He also added that the borehole machines have been used to drilled borehole across the length and breadth of the country. “Borehole machines have been used to support the rural areas by drilling boreholes for them.”
“I believe the said journalist could have done a better job by double checking his facts before he went ahead to publish his misleading headline,” he opined.
Mr. Prah believes that the current leaders of the NSS should be given a grand medal for good work done since they assumed office. He cited the recent biometric registration of the National service personnel’s as one of the success chalked by the NSS.
The management of the scheme led by the former Member of Parliament (MP) Yabaga-Kubori, Mustapha Ussif, was accused by the Herald newspapers for having engaged in wasteful expenditures while the workers complain of poor remuneration, hunger and neglect.
By: Joseph Nii Ankrah