Embattled Minister designate for Gender and Social Protection, Otiko Afisa Djaba has written a letter to Parliament explaining why she didn't do her national service.
In a letter addressed to the chairman of the Committee, Otiko said: "I wish to explain further that I did not undertake National Service upon completion of a course of study at the University of Development Studies (UDS), Wa Campus, in 2009, because I was informed that persons who were over forty (40) years of age were exempted from national service."
The issues of national service was among several issues that were raised when the Minister designate appeared before the Appointments Committee of Parliament.
Read the full letter below:
Parliament of Ghana
FURTHER EXPLANATION ON NON-PARTICIPATION IN NATIONAL SERVICE SCHEME
I am writing to clarify responses I gave in answer to a question posed to me about my national service during my appearance at the Appointments Committee, as part of the vetting processes to assume the office of Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection.
I wish to explain further that I did not undertake National Service upon completion of a course of study at the University of Development Studies (UDS), Wa Campus, in 2009, because I was informed that persons who were over forty (40) years of age were exempt from national service.
I completed UDS in 2009 at the age of 47, and consequently, was under the impression that I was exempt from national service.
As a Ghanaian patriot, who has worked in the most inhospitable parts of Ghana like the Sissala District for over six years, and provided various services to my nation in many other fields of endeavour, it would be inconceivable that I would deliberately abstain serving my nation.
I hope that this explanation would inform your decision in respect of my non-participation in the National Service Scheme upon completion of UDS in 2009.
Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection