Stop sending NSS workers and interns on “waakye” errands; they came to study.” — Nana Aba Anamoah, addressing Ghanaian Companies

The major reason why these interns and NSS workers are sent to these organizations, according to her, is to serve, learn, and build their skills, therefore everything else is a no-brainer.

Nana Aba Anamoah, speaking in an exclusive interview, said she has noticed a tendency where interns and NSS staff are dispatched on long excursions to buy “waakye” and allocated other menial jobs that have no clear link to what they were hired to accomplish.

She stressed that Ghanaian companies should cease ‘using’ interns and NSS staff for the sake of doing so. Nana Aba Anamoah stated that it is imperative that the tendency be halted and that corporations implement the necessary structures to provide interns and NSS workers with the necessary skills and expertise, allowing them to succeed in their careers.

Anything else, such as purchasing waakye (instances where interns are given a large list to purchase waakye, return late, and in most cases, are denied some of the food). They are then required to return the bowls, purchase water, and return the change), something Nana Aba Anamoah says should not be condoned.

Interns in Ghana are viewed as educated laborers who are compelled by their superiors to perform tasks that are unrelated to what they were hired to do. Most firms turn these persons into menial workers by sending them on endless errands and assigning them contoured jobs since they are young, energetic, and fresh. Do these interns have a say in the matter? They can’t move because their hands are tied.

“The fact that the old laboured during their time to make it to wherever they now do not mean those coming up need to suffer as they did. I have a challenge with media houses, we do not give enough opportunities to young people. An intern who has been posted is sent on ‘waakye” buying duties until he or she is fed up,” she said.

Nana Aba Anamoah

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