The Minority in Parliament has accused the government and the Interior Ministry of secretly recruiting people into the various security agencies without sticking to laid down procedures.
This accusation comes shortly after former President John Dramani Mahama, currently the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress, accused the government of training ‘party thugs’ at the Asutsuare Military Training Camp.
Addressing the media, James Agalga, Ranking Member on the Defense and Interior Committee, said the current government is recruiting cronies into the police and prison service without paying heed to official procedures.
According to him, “just as the recruitment of personnel into the police service in 2018 was characterized by outright nepotism and procedural breaches, the recruitment exercise which is currently ongoing is – to say the least – fraudulent, …”
He added that no applications have been processed in the e-recruitment portal of the Police Service.
“Consequently, no applications have been received or processed in the e- recruitment portal of the Police Service which can be accessed online. And yet, certain individuals have been invited and are being taken through medical screening for purposes of getting them recruited”.
The minority are demanding an immediate halt to what they call ‘illegal’ recruitment into the various security agencies and institutions in the country. And they are calling on President Akufo-Addo to institute measures to root out this development.
“Quite evidently, the conduct of President Akufo Addo’s government – with regards to recruitment into the security agencies – sharply contradicts his own manifesto pledge. The Minority hereby demands the immediate cancellation of the secret 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 recruitment into the security agencies”.
Filed by: Theresa Adezewa Ayittey | Apt News Ghana
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