General News of Monday, 6 February 2017
Sacking 3000 police recruits – about a tenth of the entire population of the Ghana Police Service – in one fell swoop is dangerous for Ghana’s security and stability, security analyst Irbard Ibrahim has said.
“3,000 is no mean a number, Ghana’s Police force is only a little over 30,000, I don’t know of any country that wakes up one morning and sacks one-tenth of its police force, that is a dangerous path to tread,” Mr Ibrahim told Moro Awudu on Class91.3FM’s Executive Breakfast Show on Monday, 6 February.
The sacked recruits are said to have fallen short of the academic requirements for enlistment into the Service.
They include those under training at the National Police Training School (NPTS) in Accra and the Service’s training schools in Kumasi, Ho, Koforidua and Pwalugu in the Upper East Region.
A letter written to Commanding Officer of the Pwalugu Police Training School by COP Beatrice Vib-Sanziri, the Director-General in charge of Human Resources, said all the recruits who submitted only WASSCE certificates should be referred to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) for further vetting.
According to the letter, all those who submitted BECE, NVTI, NABPTEX and City and Guilds certificates are to return home. The number of affected recruits at Pwalugu alone is 835. The revocation of their recruitment was on the orders of acting IGP David Asante-Apietu.