The Ghana Immigration Service has defended its decision to sell e-vouchers to 84,637 persons who applied to join the Service.
The GIS’ Head of Public Affairs, Superintendent Michael Amoako-Atta explained that the money would go into covering the costs incurred during the recruitment process, among other things.
[contextly_sidebar id=”Sqcq6BXQ8k4DjJmm5dqyqybzoYE0OP7z”]He noted that the GIS contracted the services of the Ghana Commercial Bank and “it is going to come for this GHc 50.”
“Today, for instance, we have rented the venues across the country and we are paying money for it. We are paying for hiring ambulances in case of emergencies, we are going to pay for the software we are using and other things that are going to happen along the line.”
Supt. Amoako-Atta added that “As I speak now, I don’t even know the percentage that will be coming to the GIS. What we are spending, we delve into our own IGF [Internally Generated Funds] to support the process until it is completed.”
Some have accused the GIS of cynically extorting the youth desperate for work, especially since only 500 of the 84,637 applicants will eventually be selected.
All things being equal, the Ghana Immigration Service accrued GHc 4,231,850 from this recruitment exercise. The e-vouchers for the recruitment, which were sold in November 2017, were priced at GHc 50.
But Supt. Amoako-Atta further described such sentiments as unfortunate.
He noted that the GIS even “put a restriction on the duration of the sale [of forms]. We could have left it open for two months or three months to make money. People were even calling after we closed the sales to extend it.”
Today, the GIS conducted an aptitude test for persons seeking to be employed onto the service.
In Accra, about 13,205 applicants who passed the screening exercise on Thursday were hosted at the St Thomas Aquinas Senior High School for the test.
By: Delali Adogla-Bessa/citifmonline.com/Ghana