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Minority in Parliament Slams Government’s ‘Scandalous’ Security Recruitment Plan

According to Mahama Ayariga, the government's lack of transparency in the recruitment process may lead to increased anger particularly those without political connections.

The Minority in Parliament has condemned the government’s decision to recruit about 11, 000 additional personnel into the security agencies.

According to recent reports, the government will start processing the outstanding applications from individuals who have applied to join security agencies under the Interior Ministry, starting from Monday, July 8, 2024.

Accusing the government of lack of transparency in its recruitment process on July 10, 2024, the Minority caucus, through Member of Parliament (MP) for Bawku Central Mahama Ayariga, stated that the government’s decision will be one of the greatest scandals in Ghana’s security history.

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“What is about to happen is potentially the greatest scandal in Ghana’s security sector recruitment history. This rogue exercise must be resisted,” Ayariga said.

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According to him, the government is acting out of fear that the unrest that occurred in Kenya may spread to Ghana.

He added that the government’s lack of transparency in the recruitment process may lead to increased anger, particularly among those without political connections.

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“The refusal to use a fair and transparent process to carry out the recruitment might fuel more anger against the political class and so we must fight for the youth with no political connections in order for the youth to be given a fair and equal opportunity in the process,” he said.

Commenting on it, Deputy Ranking Member on Parliament’s Defense and Interior Committee, James Agalga, also said the move to recruit from a purported backlog is unlawful and discriminatory.

“If they really want to recruit, we expect them to advertise. The publication in this newspaper does not amount to an advert because an advertisement must contain a clear-cut eligibility criterion,” Agalga said. “What is your height, age, your health status, etc. are usually contained in an advert for recruitment. This is not an advert for recruitment,” he added.

The government has also been accused of allocating recruitment slots to parliamentary candidates from the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

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