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General News of Tuesday, 20 January 2015


Recruitment hoax hits Ghana Armed Forces

Scores of nurses interested in working with the Ghana Armed Forces were pranked Monday via social media as news broke the security outfit was recruiting people in its health sector.

A message on Facebook in particular said the military was in need of nurses for the 37 Military Hospital and for other peacekeeping missions, but it later turned out to be a hoax when people from Tema, Kpando and Kete Krachi among others rushed to the Armed Forces Public Relations Directorate.

The message directed all interested persons to be present at Burma Camp in Accra with particulars and money to cover registration expenses.

According to the Deputy Director of Public Relations, Lieutenant-Commander Andy La-Anyane, over 100 nurses besieged the Public Relations Directorate at Burma Camp on Monday morning to explore their chances of being recruited into the Ghana Armed Forces, only for their hopes to be dashed.

A surprised Lt Cdr La-Anyane said although the Armed Forces may conduct recruitment for health personnel when they are in need, no such exercise was scheduled to be held on Monday and the Public Relations Directorate issued no message to that effect.

He said that recruitment of health personnel is likely to happen in future, and the Armed Forces will announce and inform the public when the time is due. He added that the Directorate always announces and specifies the age, education, physical attributes and other requirements for personnel who wish to be recruited, through the national dailies.

“We have not announced through the dailies, and once that has not been done, it is obvious that this message was created by mischievous persons,” he told the GNA.

He cautioned persons who originate such messages to desist from doing so.

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