The Minister for Interior, Ambrose Dery has indicated that Annual Budgets of the government do not make provisions for recruitment processes and the procedures fees of the Ghana Immigration Service and other security services.
Following a question by Member of Parliament for Keta, Mr. Richard Mawuli Quashigah, on the payment of fees by applicants of the Ghana Immigration Service, Mr. Dery stated that the issue of payment by applicants is informed by the cost associated with the process relating to the e-recruitment as well as other administrative expenditure.
In answering the question at the plenary, the Minister who doubles as the MP for Nandom pointed out that infrastructure was required to host the huge traffic that built up as a result of the expected mass application.
Mr Dery added that a software had to be developed for putting together data of recruiters and scrutinising applicants who qualify.
“Hiring of fields for exercise and also halls for examination and related services had to be paid for, hence the need to charge fees to cover the cost”, he disclosed.
The lnterior Minister further explained that prior to the current recruitment exercise being undertaken, the Ghana Immigration Service charged GH¢100.00 per applicant but on coming into office in 2017, the fee was reduced to GH¢50.00 to allow the disadvantaged in the society to benefit.