Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister-desinate, Mme Catherine Afeku, has revealed that she did not do her national service after she finished her first tertiary degree.
According to the potential cabinet minister, at the time she was supposed to do national service she resided in Kenya, East Africa with her parents, and therefore did not have the opportunity to do her service.
“I was living in Nairobi, Kenya, at that time and because my parents were there, I was not given the opportunity to be in Ghana to undertake the national service, so, no, I did not do national service, I actually worked in Kenya; for the three months that I came out of university I was in that culture seen as serving the nation … but I was not in Ghana at that time,” she explained. — tuko news
Speaking to Parliament's Appointments Committee on Monday, February 6th, 2017, during her vetting session, she elaborated that she would be willing to take advantage of any opportunity offered to her by law to resolve the issue.
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Mrs. Afeku's revelation comes on the back of Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister-designate, Otiko Afisa Djaba's similar revelation that she too did not do national service. Currently, Madam Otiko Djaba's vetting is still pending due to two factors, her comments towards former President, and the fact that she did not do her national service.
The National Service Personnel Association (NASPA) has warned that it will be a bad precedent for parliament to approve the nomination of Ms Djaba, since she never did her national service.