Information intercepted by The Herald indicates that, recruitment into the Ghana Police Service, is now in the hands of the Office of the Chief of Staff at the Presidency.
Madam Frema Opare’s Office, this paper has gathered, has directed the Constituency Chairmen of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in all the 275 constituencies, to choose two persons each from their areas for placement in the Service for the 2018/2019 recruitment year.
The situation, has gotten many professional police worried, as the Party Police phenomenon is repeating itself with its attendant challenges such as, academically unqualified security men, disrespectful personnel, bad Physique officers and medically unfit men put in uniform on the basis of their political connections.
Interestingly, hundreds of thousands of Ghanaian youth since last year, had been going through various procedures, including body selection and made to pay for medical checks to determine their eligibility to become police officers.
This was after the Ghana Police Service, got them to purchase admission forms by way of scratch cards at GHc50. But that whole arrangement which also saw the taking of fingerprints of those who qualified to be moved to police training schools across their country, is at a standstill as result of the Flagstaff House interest in the recruitment exercise.
The Herald’s insiders, revealed that the information from the Presidency, was communicated to the NPP chairmen days ago, from the Office and they were expected to submit the names last Tuesday, this paper was told.
This not strange as in the past, ex-Member of Parliament (MP)and Minister of Information under former President John Kufuor’s administration, Stephen Asamoah Boateng, publicly boasted on radio that he helped recruit a good number of youth from his Mfantsiman West Constituency into the Police Service.
Popularly known as Asabee, the then legislator, helped 300 of the people of Mfantsiman West in the Central Region.
The sources, who also expressed reservations about recent recruitments into the security services, said already the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) has recruited more than 350 persons into the Bureau this year.
There is also massive recruitment on-going at the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS). These recruitments, this paper is informed, are done on the blind side of the larger Ghanaian populace on Saturdays.
The NPP party, which has taken centre stage of the recruitment exercises, is doing so on party lines. Insiders say, recruits are given appointment letters on Saturdays and the next day, they will be expected to bring acceptance letters.
The next communication to the supposed recruits is that, they will pass out at the end of 2020 after the general elections. The hidden message here is that, “vote for the party that will pass you out”, one source explained.
The Herald has gathered that, ahead of the elections, names of these recruits, will be submitted to the Electoral Commission (EC) “As election monitoring team” and as party people whose passing out hinge on incumbent continuous stay in power, you can guess what they are likely to do before, during and after that elections.
More to come!