GIS defends sale of e-vouchers to applicants

GIS defends sale of e-vouchers to applicants

- Nearly 85,000 persons applied for jobs at the Immigration Service

- However, only about one percent of that number will be offered employment

- The GIS has explained their reasons for charging application fees to the tune of GHC 50

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The Ghana Immigration Service has defended the decision to sell e-vouchers to the over 80,000 applicants to the institution.

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Nearly 85,000 people applied for the vacancy slots at the Immigration Service, but only 500 will be employed. Photo credit:

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According to the GIS, the revenue from the sale of the vouchers will be used to cover the costs of the entire recruitment process for the new officers.

The Head of Public Affairs for the Immigration Service, Supt. Michael Amoako-Atta, noted that GHC 50 price for the vouchers, which was sold through the Ghana Commercial Bank, goes into a revenue pool that would cater for the expense of renting venues for the recruitment process, paying for the needed software, hiring of ambulances for emergencies, among others.

According to a report, Supt. Amoako-Atta further stated: “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.

The cost of application process has been met with criticisms however, as many believe applicants to the government institution, should not be charged for their interest in working for the country.

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Supt. Michael Amoako-Atta. Photo credit:

This backlash is further fuelled by the fact that nearly 85,000 people applied for the service when there are only 500 available spots.

The GIS, by their sale of the vouchers in November last year, are believed to have gained about GHC 4,200,000 in revenue.

Meanwhile, Supt. Michael Amoako-Atta, cautioned members of the general public to be wary of people who say they can help enlist recruits into the service.

... anybody who presents himself/herself as Agent of GIS and/or middleman must be reported immediately to the Police for his/her arrest and prosecution,” he said.

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