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Security recruitment: Appointment must be based on expertise – Kwakye Ofosu

A former Deputy Minister for Communications under the John Mahama regime, Felix Kwakye Ofosu, has clamored for all-inclusive governance stating that potential appointees that have the requisite qualification must be given a chance to serve irrespective of their party affiliations.

Kwakye Ofosu was responding to an assertion on Good Morning Ghana on Metro TV on Thursday, 1 July 2021, that partisan recruitment into national security has been a normal phenomenon between the two leading parties in the country.

Disclaiming his opponent’s position on the socio-political morning programme, Felix Fosu Kwakye told Dr. Randy Abbey, show host, that the credentials of a person must be the motivating factor for employment suggesting that the erstwhile Mahama administration made such sacrifices.

“There is a gentleman who is a known NPP person. He used to be the deputy executive director of Danquah Institute. People raised issues about partisanship but immediately his CV was put out, indeed .there were indications that he had actually gone out to receive further training. Nobody questioned his capacity or whether or not his appointment will have any deleterious effect on our security because people appreciated the fact that he may be partisan but at least he has the capacity, the qualification. He meets certain criteria,” he noted.

Kwakye Ofosu was of the view that it is an open secret that potential appointees with requisite qualifications could be on the other side of the political divide yet because of their potential, they are considered.

“Why? We all know. We may not say it. The top echelons of our security services are politically aligned. Many of them are. We know it. I don’t think Mr. Baako will dispute that, from the army to the Police. Indeed we also know for a fact that if your connections are not deep, the likelihood of rising to a particular level is quite minimal. We know it. But we accept because we know that they come to the table with a set of skills that the nation may be in need of,” he stated.

Ofosu Kwakye stressed that the government’s trust in appointing on the basis of neutrality is highly questionable.

“In instances that they have demonstrated a proclivity for violence, there is no way they have to be tolerated. That boy who slapped Sam George has no place. He cannot even be a watchman in anybody’s house. He does not even have the temperament and the emotional intelligence to act as a security professional. Any President who does not see it in my candid view does not merit the mandate of the people,” he added.

 

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