Some irritated national service personnel have sued the national service executive director Mustapha Ussif and the entire scheme over the decision to charge all personnel a compulsory GHC15 for an insurance package.
The complainants; Solomon Anapansah, Toxla Caleb Elikem, Kwadzodeh Enoch Lelabi and Timothy Donkor, say they have not instructed the NSS to enter into any insurance arrangement on their behalf.
They represent a group of service personnel who are unhappy about the move by their leadership.
According to the NSS, National service personnel who suffer permanent or temporary disability through accidents during the service year will now be entitled to GH¢15,000 insurance cover.
The next of kin of service persons who die while undertaking the mandatory national exercise, will receive the same amount from Glico Life.
“As part of this comprehensive initiative, there is a special package for free inter MTN calls for service persons each month, GH¢5 recharge airtime from MTN to other networks every month, free browsing on social media, 500 free messages, 100 per cent bonus on all MTN recharge made by service persons, as well as free viewing of a movie twice a year at Silver Star Cinema,” the NSS boss said about the insurance when he first announced it in Accra.
Also in his speech to officially launch the insurance policy, the Chairman of the NSS Board, Professor Kofi Osei-Akuoku, said the policy had come at an opportune time.
“The NSS board endorsed this insurance policy because we took into consideration the vulnerability of a large number of the service persons who are working under harsh and challenging situations, including health challenges and loss of life in the line of duty.
“It is for these and other reasons that the board lends its support to ensuring that the insurance policy comes to fruition,” he said.
Prof. Osei-Akuoku urged the management of Glico Life to ensure that qualified service persons had prompt access to claims in times of need, stressing “we will not hesitate at all to abrogate the agreement if the quality of the service is compromised.”