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13.02.2009 General News

Fallout from Army recruitment sagaMilitary Boss strikesSets up Board of Inquiry

By Bismark Bebli - Ghanaian Chronicle

INFORMATION available to The Chronicle indicates that the recent brouhaha over the suspension of 420 potential military recruits, has taken a different twist.

The Chief of Staff (CDS) of the Ghana Armed Forces, Brigadier General, R. Winful, has set up a five-member Board of Inquiry to delve into the matter.

Reports gathered by this paper revealed that the move was necessitated by the confusion surrounding the recruitment exercise.

The Board of Inquiry, according to this paper's intelligence, includes Col. B. Musah, as the President, Col. S. Odoi-Gyampo, Member, Lt. Col. R. S. Nyaka, Member, Lt. Col. T. Ampofo-Gyekye, Member and Lt. Col. R. Adwini, Member/Secretary.

In a letter dated February 6, 2009, under the caption 'Convening Order - Board of Inquiry into the 2008 first batch recruitment of the Army potential recruits, by Order of Brig. General R. Winful (GH/1441), Chief of Staff Ghana Armed Forces,' noted that the controversy that had hit the suspension ought to be addressed.

“However, due to some pertinent issues raised on the conduct of the recruitment exercise, the planned training was put on hold, to enable clarification of all matters in respect of the exercise. A Board of Inquiry is therefore, being convened to conduct investigations into the recruitment exercise, clarify all issues raised on its conduct, and make recommendations for a way forward,” the letter stated.

The letter, which was copied to Lt. Col. R. S. Nyaka, Lt. Col. R. A. Gyane, Lt. Cdr. E. O. Nyarko, Dr. A.H Sahnoon and Dr. P.G Agbenohevi, demanded that all evidence that would be adduced in the course of the investigations should be taken on oath and recorded.

The Board of Inquiry was also requested to co-opt any other persons to facilitate the process, if the need arose.

The witnesses in the matter include Air Cdr C. E. K. Dovlo, Director-General Public Administration, Col. K. Damoah, Director of Manpower Planning, Lt. Col. R. A. Gyane, Army Headquarters, Lt. Cdr E. O. Nyarko of the 37 Military Hospital, Dr. A. H. Sahnoon 37 Military Hospital, Dr. P. G. Agbenohevi also of the 37 Military Hospital and Maj. J. Vander-Pallen of the Records Department of the Army Headquarters.

Terms of reference of the committee were to determine whether the proper procedures were followed in the selection of the potential recruits, and to determine whether the bids for the various services, corps and units were met, and also to determine whether the requirement of the regional balance, as prescribed by existing policy, was satisfied.

The investigation would also determine whether the list of 420 potential recruits selected for the training, had been infiltrated by unqualified persons, and the extent of infiltration, and above all, to determine any other matters of relevance to the whole recruitment saga.