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"National Service won’t be mandatory under my presidency" - Bawumia



In a significant policy announcement, the Vice President of Ghana and flagbearer of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has declared that National Service will no longer be mandatory under his potential presidency.


This statement marks a departure from the longstanding tradition of compulsory national service in the country. He emphasized the need for a more flexible approach, citing the evolving landscape of education and employment.


According to him, Ghanaian graduates will now have the freedom to choose whether to undertake national service or otherwise.


Bawumia further stressed that this adjustment will facilitate easier recruitment processes for companies, as they can directly approach various tertiary institutions for hiring purposes.


He made this known while speaking during a national address at the University of Professional Studies (UPSA), Accra, on Wednesday, February 7, 2024.


“Ladies and Gentlemen, to help our youth get jobs, I believe it is time to rethink the concept of our current national service scheme.


My government will propose that those who after completion of their education can secure jobs would be exempted from national service,” he said.


He continued by saying; “National service will no longer be mandatory, and students will have the option to decide whether to do national service. This will also encourage companies to go to campuses for recruitment annually.


This shift is anticipated to generate discussions on the broader implications for national development and workforce preparedness.


Credit: Ameyaw Debrah


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