Ghanaians hoping to secure jobs in the country’s immigration service have had their hopes dashed after the service disqualified some of them who applied for the jobs.
Those disqualified had bleached skins and stretch marks, which the service considers inappropriate.
The Ghana Immigration Service last week conducted a recruitment exercise for over 80,000 unemployed youth with only 500 places available.
That means many would not secure the job as they are disqualified for varied reasons.
The spokesperson for the security agency, Superintendent Michael Amoako-Attah provided details of the criteria used to disqualify some applicants in an interview with the BBC.
Applicants with tattoos, dreadlocks and “bow legs” were barred from joining the service in an exercise.
“The kind of work we do, it’s strenuous and the training is such that if you have bleached skin or surgical marks on your body during training exercises, you may incur some bleedings,” Superintendent Michael Amoako-Attah is quoted by the BBC.
Outrage greeted the decision by the Immigration service to recruit only 500 people although it sold application forms to applicants, each form costing $11. The forms were bought by over 80,000 people.
A member of parliament in Ghana, Richard Quashigah is angry at the entire process for the recruitment and has told local media that he would support previous unsuccessful applicants to sue the security agency for extortion.
The Ghana Immigration service is one of the several public security agencies that recruit by selling thousands of application forms but only recruit a few of them.
The system has been condemned by many who consider it as extortion and deceit.