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Minority to call upon Interior Minister to testify regarding undisclosed security recruitment

Written by on July 10, 2024

The Minority in Parliament has threatened to summon Interior Minister Henry Quartey before the House regarding what it perceives as a covert recruitment into the security services.

This action comes in response to reports indicating a planned recruitment of 11,000 personnel from a backlog of applicants accumulated over the years.

The Minority argues that a press release from the Ghana Police Service indicates there is no backlog for recruitment into the security services.

Speaking to journalists, James Agalga, Ranking Member of the Defence and Interior Committee of Parliament, emphasized the importance of transparency and fairness in the recruitment process.

He stated that the police had already processed all applicants from the 2021-2022 recruitment exercise, therefore any new recruitment should involve fresh applications adhering to clear eligibility criteria.

Agalga urged for advertisements detailing eligibility criteria, as was practiced during the NDC era, to uphold fairness and transparency.

“This is documentary evidence. They are saying that the entire recruitment process for the 2021 to 2022 recruitment process has come to an end. The idea of a backlog is that you start some recruitment process and along the way you are unable to complete the exercise, so you have some outstanding applicants to deal with. That is what the backlog is all about. But the police are saying that they had cleared all the applicants.”

“What that means is that those who were not shortlisted and issued admission letters had not met the eligibility criteria for recruitment. So they had drawn the curtain for the 2021 to 2022 recruitment exercise. And that is the message we have been seeking to drum home, that there is nothing like a backlog.”

“This is not the first time the security services under the Ministry of the Interior will recruit. In the era of the NDC, we did some recruitments, but those recruitments were preceded by advertisements which captured the eligibility criteria.

“So all the leaders said, let the minister for the interior play according to the rules of fairness and transparency and cause an advert to be made.”

“He [Interior Minister] would have to be hauled to appear before the House and explain to Ghanaians the process of recruitment under his watch is shrouded in so much secrecy.”

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