The Director, Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) has slammed the disqualification of applicants into the security services based on height, dreadlocks and tattoo among others.
Speaking on the Joy Super Morning Show on Friday, Mr. Kwesi Aning said that physical features like being short, or having dread locks or tattoos do not in any way affect security performances.
Using himself as an example, Aning asked that does he being a stammer ever affected his performances in the Ghana Armed Forces?
“I stammer. So does that make me a bad officer in the Ghana Armed Forces? Because I stammer, will customs have said no? Because I stammer, will Immigration have said no? Or will the National Intelligence Bureau have said no because I stammer? No.
“Does being short, limit your capacity to do the analysis? The answer is a resounding no,” he stressed.
“But when citizens feel that the rules and regulations governing the institutional cultures themselves are fiddled, undermined and thrown away when it suits particular situations and particular interests groups, then I began to shudder and to wonder about the survivability of those institutions themselves.
“Sometimes I have this sense that as a nation we have multiple rules and regulations for particular sets of people. We have seen people in military style uniform or police style uniform who have tattoos, who have beards, who have ponytails. So where are these people coming from? Who recruited them into those services? Or are there secret rules we don’t know,” he asked.