2022/2023 Final-year Students Undergo Pre-National Service Orientation
Final-year students of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW), for the 2022/2023 academic year have undergone a pre-national service orientation at the Jophus Anamuah-Mensah Conference Centre, North Campus, Winneba.
In her welcome address, the Dean of Student Affairs at UEW, Dr. (Mrs.) Edinam Kakra Avoke, highlighted the importance of the pre-national service orientation programme for final-year students. She encouraged prospective National Service Personnel (NSP) to take every piece of information at the event seriously. She urged them to be committed and disciplined wherever they were sent on national service to uplift the image of UEW.
The Central Regional Director of the National Service Scheme (NSS), Mr. Emmanuel Coffie, recounted the historical antecedents of the scheme, its purpose, and the advantages of participating in it. He expounded on some of the rules governing participation in service and how they affect NSP year after year. He also enlightened students on who qualifies to be part of the scheme.
Mr. Coffie urged students to make sure that the three regions they choose are regions they are familiar with so that their stay there becomes comfortable. He again implored students to be of good behaviour when they are posted to their various stations and seize the opportunity to learn more. He advised the students to take the rules seriously and be guided by them to save themselves from being culpable for the punishments stipulated in the National Service Act (426) of 1980.
Mr. Coffie cautioned them against giving other people access to their passwords and other essential information on their dashboards, noting that in the past, some personnel have had to pay for loans because some unscrupulous people used their information to apply for loans.
The Management Information System (MIS) Officer at NSS, Mr. Ernest Adansi, took attendees through the enrollment and registration processes. He also took students through the payment processes for National Service as part of the registration. He showed them samples of the identification cards that should be used for the registration and gave them helplines for more enquiries.
The Financial Manager of NSS, Central Region, Mr. Benjamin Benning, took participants through the payment of allowances. He urged them to be alert when entering their Ezwich numbers and to make sure the names on their Ezwich cards correspond to what is in the NSS database. He entreated them to make sure their evaluation forms were submitted on time to avoid delays in the payment of their allowances.
The students in attendance at the orientation event had the chance to ask questions, which the NSS team responded to. Vice-Deans from the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs (ODSA), members of the ODSA staff, and representatives from the Effutu Municipal NSS office were present for the programme.