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Military recruitment: Give me slots, else ‘I’ll make noise’ – Ken Agyapong

Controversial Member of Parliament for Assin Central the Honourable Kennedy Agyapong has said he is keenly looking forward to getting special military protocol slots for “his people” otherwise “he will make noise”.

The services have started processes towards recruiting Ghanaians who are qualified to serve in uniforms, with the Immigration Service, Police and Military having already sold forms, conducted body examination and selection examinations at various centers across the country.

Following the 2018 SoNA, the Deputy Chief of Staff Abu Jinapor hinted that as part of the job-creation plan, government planned recruiting into the Police, military and Fire service among others, and that though an annual exercise every government undertakes, this government will do more this time around as part of its job-creation plan.

It is in line with this that Member of Parliament for Assin Central Kennedy Agyapong is demanding for his pound of flesh to “sort his people out” otherwise he will “make noise”. He counted the jobs he got under the various government programs indicating he was eyeing the upcoming military recruitment for slots… “Enye saa meye dede”, he said in Twi on Oman FM, directly translated: ‘otherwise I will make noise.’

The MP frankly boasted about how successful he was in pushing for “his people” during the recent police recruitment exercise adding that he was highly hopeful of more success in the ongoing military recruitment exercise.

“Today, I am looking for Police (slots), I got some… Eeeii Kennedy Agyapong!” he flattered himself over the feat. “Now I am looking for military, it has not come yet, but it will come, otherwise I will make noise.”

In it all, should he fail, he has announced he will fall back to the strong card he has to his chest- “noise-making”.

‘Protocol’ immigration recruitment

The Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) issued an statement on protocol recruitment in its 2017/2018 recruitment exercise admonishing the public to disregard any rumours of ‘protocol list’ that could better their chances. A statement signed by Supt. Michael Amoako-Attah, Head of Public Affairs at the GIS, said “unscrupulous individuals pretending to represent the GIS, were calling applicants concerning the ongoing 2017/2018 GIS Recruitment Exercise to have their names placed in a fictitious ‘protocol lists’ at a fee”, the GIS said.

Now note this: “NO individual or group of persons can help anybody get recruited since the process is as transparent as possible.” The statement stated emphatically.

But the question on the lips of many Ghanaians, given the huge number of applicants-in the case of the Immigration Service 87,000 youths chasing 500 slots for the 2017/2018 year, and the number could be much more for the military and the Police- the question asked then is: does the “NO individual or group of persons” apply to highly influential politicians too?

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