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Charging ¢100 for recruitment forms is extortion, we will resist it, MP

Wednesday, 1st September 2021

The NDC member of parliament for Sekyere Afram Plains constituency Hon. Alex Adomako Mensah has stated that the amount being charged by the unemployed youth for recruitment forms into the various security services was an extortion. The deputy ranking member for parliamentary select committee on Employment, Social Welfare and State Enterprises Committee was speaking on the Pulse news monitored by CitizenOne this afternoon when he made this disclosure.

The MP who holds one of the four NDC seats in Ashanti region said he was at a lost how the Government will ask despirate unemployed youth to make such payments in this unholy hour. He said, online applications were supposed to be free. That only shortlisted applicants should be asked to pay a fee for processing there particulars. He however admitted that during the NDC regime, applicants were asked to pay some ¢50 but that was not online forms.

"In every part of the world, online applications are free. Only shortlisted candidates are asked to pay processing fees. So why is the government demanding that all applicants should pay a whoopping GHC 100 for each form? Imagine if 10000 people buy the forms, that means GH¢1m is being raised from the sales of forms alone. Meanwhile they cannot recruit up to quarter of that number. If this is not extortion then I don't know what it is", the soft spoken MP stated.

He also raised concerns over the backdoor recruitment into the security sector. He said over the last three years, there hasn't been any announcements of recruitments yet there have been series and of passing outs. This he noted can only be done through what some people call 'protocols'. He alleged that some youth in his constituency paid up to GHC 10,000.00 to get recruited in the past years.

As to what his committee was doing to curb the menace, Hon. Adomako said they were planning to meet the interior and labour ministers to see the way forward.

Earlier the functional executives of the Convention People's Party (CPP) called on the government to halt the payments for recruitment forms as it was an exploitation on the unemployed youth. The party Chairperson Madam Akosua Frimpomaa told Ayisha Yakubu on Joynews that she will petition the IGP to investigate and ensure all monies paid for recruitment forms were refunded. She said, NPP's Sammy Awuku and Henry Nana Boakye while in opposition promised not to sell security sector recruitment forms. Akosua Frimpomaa called on them to ensure that was done.

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Alex Adomako Mensah Ashanti NDC Sekyere Afram Social Welfare and State Enterprises Committee

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