The President of Institute for Liberty and Policy Innovation (ILAPI), Mr. Peter Bismarck Kwofie, has stated that until civil servants stop selling jobs the fight for corruption in the country would be endless.
According to Mr. Kwofie, the work of the Special Prosecutor would be fruitless if there is no conscious effort by governments to put a stop to the virus of corruption where young graduates have to pay between GHc5,000.00 to Ghc10,000.00 to earn a job at the public sector.
“Ones these young graduates take loans from friends or family to pay for jobs in the public sector, the person automatically become a victim of corruption and it will take a special counselling to stop that person from becoming corrupted in their entire life,” he stated
The president of ILAPI said the popular saying that “there is no free lunch in American,” has transcended into the job seeking arena in Ghana where young job seekers have to pay huge sums of money before they are recruited into the public sector.
Speaking exclusively to Republic Press, Mr. Kwofie said there has been an open secret in Ghana now that jobs are for sale because graduates from tertiary institutions seeking for jobs have to pay monies before they are offered a job.
He said, in reality, individuals seeking for jobs pay between GHc5,000.00 to GHc20,000.00 in Ghana now, depending on the public institution, the vacancy one is seeking for and the person (middle man or connection man) leading the negotiations.
Mr. Kwofie attributed the genesis of this alleged corruption at the public sector to the giving of protocol list to board members who in the cost of time started selling these job vacancies hence the current situation.
“Now people pay for jobs like in the past where parents pay for their kids or wards admissions into the secondary schools when the Computer Selection Process was not introduced,” he stated.
He said job for sale has now metamorphosed into posting of teacher training colleges, national service placement selections, posting of trainee nurses and even posting School of Hygiene graduates.
Mr Kwofie said the new virus on the block in relation to job payment has to do with the selection processes leading to getting a job in the various security services where online portals are created for young graduates to apply where a few number are recruited after these youth have spent so much into the recruitment processes.
“What is happening now in the country is that we don’t have value for talent and there is no era of meritocracy which has definitely affected productivity and growth in the public sector,” he revealed.