GNFS, GIS Recruitment: Review out-of-date process – MP

Member of Parliament for Wa West, Peter Lanchene Toobu, has called for a review of the recruitment process into the Ghana National Fire Service and the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS).

According to him, since 1992, the only new thing that has been introduced into the process is the online application.

His comments come after thousands of Ghanaian youth continue to queue to be enlisted into the various security services.

Earlier this week, hundreds massed up at the El-Wak Stadium in Accra to start recruitment processes into the Ghana Immigration Service.

Scenes from the Baba Yara Sports Stadium, where thousands of applicants running to secure spots in queues, have been flooding social media, raising concerns on shifting from the old ways of screening and enlisting applicants into security services and forces.

Speaking on this development on the Key Points on TV3/3FM Saturday October 30with host Dzifa Bampoh, Peter Lanchene Toobu  who is also a retired Police Officer noted there could be better ways to handle this process.

He said “What is happening right now in the security sector is just a simple sign that what is written in the national security strategy that  that youth unemployment remains the  greatest threat to our national security, a true statement.

“Couldn’t we have done this better? As a member of the defence and interior committee with an oversight responsibility on the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of National security, I am sure that all of us are beginning to look at this differently.”

The member of the Defence and Interior Committee of Parliament added “When I joined the Police in 1992, what I have seen apart from the initial online application, there is no change. What it means is that for over almost 30 years we have actually not changed the system so much.

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“Technology is transforming the whole world and gradually, we should begin to simplify some of these processes to ensure that these young people who are ready frustrated can actually get recruited in a very dignified and in a very humane manner.

“Looking at what is happening, sometimes we say that you need to have a feel of what is like to get into the job but  gradually the psychological  impact on  these young people before they   get recruited can  be lasting for their lifetime , lasting for their career. So, I think that we should begin to look at it differently using technology. We can shorten the process, we can simplify the process.”

By Laud Nartey||Ghana