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Minority Leader alleges “clandestine recruitment” into security agencies

The Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu claims the government is secretly recruiting supporters of the governing NPP into the Ghana Armed Forces, Ghana Police and the Immigration Service.

According to him, he and his members have been informed about the over 1,600 personnel already recruited although public advertisement of vacancies has not been done as stipulated by law.

Addressing a media briefing in Parliament from where JoyNews’ Joseph Opoku Gakpo reports, the Tamale South MP said “the attention of the Minority has been drawn to a secret and clandestine recruitment in the Ghana Armed Forces, Ghana Police Service and Ghana Immigration Service.

“The last time the public witnessed a public advert in accordance with the constitution and the requirements and regulation of the public service was in 2017. So we are asking how come in 2018, 2019 and 2020 there is no official public recruitment advertised giving notice to Ghanaian citizens to prepare themselves for recruitment into these important state institutions and agencies,” he queried.

Mr Iddrisu described the act as an unacceptable public practice as the Constitution requires that no citizen is discriminated against on the basis on gender, geography, region, ethnicity and religion.

He indicated that the idea of a public notice is to allow every Ghanaian desirous of joining the security agencies to apply and go through a rigorous process before being recruited into them.

He said the reports if true, “raises a fundamental question of efforts to politicize the Ghana Armed Forces, Ghana Police and the Immigration Service.

“And that only young person belonging to a certain political party are deemed qualified and are being recruited for this purpose,” he added.

He says the Minority is concerned about the development and he will be requesting the Interior and Defence Ministers to respond to the issue.

He further added that a future NDC government will reverse the unlawful recruitment.


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