The Deputy Defence Minister and Member of Parliament (MP) for Nkoranza North, Major (rtd) Derick Oduro has advised the 501 dismissed recruits to petition the Speaker of Parliament if they want their concerns addressed once and for all.
He revealed, some of the recruits petitioned the Defence and Interior Committee of Parliament but has charged them to petition the Speaker who will then forward the case back to the committee for further action.
Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm after some of the recruits, joined the host to lament over the difficulties they are going through after their dismissal, he said, the unauthorized assembly staged by some of the recruits was a serious offence under military rule but it was unfortunate that some other innocent persons got affected.
The recruits were said to be undergoing a six-month training to be absorbed into the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) when they were sacked over what the military termed misbehaviour and threat to national security.
Colonel E. Aggrey-Quarshie, Director of Public Relations of the GAF, in a statement released in 2015 , explained that the recruits’ behaviour was far-reaching and inimical to the security of the state.
After investigating the matter, the board was said to have found the recruits guilty on grounds of misbehaviour and misconduct, which could pass for mutiny in military circles, but for their relatively short stay in the camp, they were spared any stringent discipline.
The statement further said, the sacked army recruits have been further barred from joining any of the country’s security agencies as a result of the action.