3 Ministries receive clearance to employ 11,840

BY: Donald Ato Dapatem
3 Ministries receive clearance to employ 11,840
3 Ministries receive clearance to employ 11,840

The government has given clearance for three ministries and security services to employ 11,840 personnel to augment their staffing.

The ministries are Education, the Interior and National Security. The security services are the Ghana Police Service, Ghana National Fire Service, the Ghana Immigration Service and the Ghana Prisons Service.

The clearance was contained in six separate letters signed by the Minister of Finance, Mr Ken Ofori-Atta, to the respective ministries, with the Interior Ministry receiving the letters on behalf of the four security services.

Dated June 21, 2021, the Finance Minister indicated the effective date for the recruitment as August 1, this year and that the clearance would expire on December 31, this year.

Breakdown

The Ghana Police Service would engage 5,000 personnel “to deal effectively and adequately with the issues of combating existing and emerging crimes and protect the citizenry.”

While the Immigration, Prisons and Fire services each would engage 2,000 personnel to augment their workforces across the country.

The Finance Minister said the emoluments of the personnel to be charged against the Compensation of Employees vote of the respective employing ministries and agencies.

“By a copy of this letter, the Controller and Accountant-General is requested to effect the payment of their salaries and make appropriate deductions of Social Security and Income Tax to the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) and the Domestic Tax Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) respectively,” Mr Ofori-Atta stated.

National Security

For the Ministry of National Security, the Finance Minister’s letter said the financial clearance was to enable the National Signals Bureau (NSB) to recruit additional 100 and the National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) to recruit 140 individuals to augment its workforce.

“The emoluments of the personnel should be charged against the Compensation of Employees vote of the Ministry of National Security in the 2021 Annual Estimates. The Minister for National Security is to ensure that the engaged staff have their documents processed in time and placed on the Mechanised Payroll early enough to enable the Controller and Accountant-General's Department effect payment of their salaries,” the Finance Minister stated.

For the education sector, the clearance will enable the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service to recruit 600 information and communications technology (ICT) coordinators for the service.

“Approval is also granted for their emoluments to be charged against the Compensation of Employees vote of Ministry of Education in the 2021 budget,” Mr Ofori-Atta’s letter said.

It also urged the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service to ensure that the ICT coordinators had their documents processed in time and placed on the mechanised payroll early enough.