October 31, 2019

Ranking Member on Defence and Interior, James Agalga has said the Interior Ministry is secretly recruiting personnel into the Prisons and Police Service and the Ghana Immigration Service, in total disregard for established procedure.

According to the ranking member last year the President Akufo-Addo announced that financial clearance had been given to the police service to recruit four thousand personnel into the service.

As in the first instance, two thousand prospective recruits applied through the e-recruitment model, with an academic requirement of six credits in Maths and English.

At a press conference addressed by the ranking member just after Wednesday adjournment noted that the current government ordered the former Inspector General of Police Asante Apeatu to suspend the recruitment exercise until further notice.

After the police administration had compiled list and provided it to government, but the process was truncated at the tail end and taken over directly by the NPP government contrary to its own communications to stamp out fraud and cronyism.

Several qualified applicants who had been short listed and were only waiting to be invited for medical screening have been denied the opportunity to serve their country.

“Only those connected to the NPP government in one way or the other were selected and trained”, he lamented.

The story is not different with the Prison and Immigration Services. Both services like the police have not advertised for recruitment in 2019, with Immigration Service secret invitation to cronies of the NPP have been taken through screening and medical examination at the prisons training schools.

In all the Immigration Service is hoping to secretly recruit seven hundred junior officers and one hundred and fifty senior officers.

The Minority demand the immediate cancellation of the secrete recruitment exercise embarked upon by the police, prisons and immigration services in 2019.

“We also call upon President Akufo-Addo to institute measures to root out, cronyism and nepotism with respect to the recruitment into the security agencies”,

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com