Interior Minister Ambrose Dery has dismissed claims by the Minority in Parliament suggesting that government is making secret recruitment into the security agencies.
This comes on the back of a press briefing last July 17 where the Minority alleged that the police, military and the immigration services are training personnel although there was no public advertisement of vacancies.
Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu had explained that 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.
“The last time the public witnessed a public advert in accordance with the constitution and the public services requirements and regulation 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.
But, Interior Minister says there hasn’t been any recent recruitment. According to him, the training schools have asked recruits who successfully passed to return after the facilities were shut down temporarily because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“There is no ongoing recruitment. There was recruitment where the processes were complied with before the Covid-19 pandemic. So what happened at the time was that some of the trainees had reported to school whole others were on the way but because of the pandemic the schools were closed down.”
He further explained that the successful candidates from the initial process ahead of the pandeminc are being taken through the process of reporting back to the training schools in line with President Akufo-Addo’s directive for some educational institutions to reopen.
“Recently under the auspices of the Presidential taskforce for COvid-19, there has been a roadmap on the reopening of schools starting with final years in the universities. Subsequently, it came to senior high schools and now junior high schools. In that programme, the training schools for the security agencies were involved. So those successful candidates from the recruitment which took place before the pandemic were asked to start reporting,” Mr Ambrose Dery explained.