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Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has proposed a 10 percent quota for cadet students to be recruited and enlisted into the various security services when they complete their schooling.

Dr Mahamudu Bawumia is confident that this will help address the manpower needs of the security agencies in the country.

Meanwhile, he has proposed that July 1, every year should be set aside as a national youth day in Ghana.

Dr Mahamudu Bawumia was speaking to mark the 64th Republic Day celebrations and 70 years anniversary of cadet in Ghana.

Dr Bawumia

“I am happy that over the years, the government has deemed it necessary to create opportunities for the youth, the national cadet corp to have their day celebrated in July every year. It will not be a misplaced priority if in the near future, the first July is set aside as a national youth day for the Republic of Ghana since there is no day set aside as Ghana’s youth day in some other countries.”

“It is time for the various security agencies to take a critical look at unearthing brilliant talents like what we have witnessed today from the national cadet corp and other sister volunteer groups, by giving them some quota and opportunities when it comes to recruiting and enlisting into the various security services,” Dr Bawumia said.

He noted that, “this is very important and will help the manpower of the service, the discipline and knowledge they get from this training are very rich and can be tapped into.”

The Vice President added that, “I am informed that most of our good security chiefs across board were once upon a time members of the cadet corps, when they were in school. I hear that last year you asked for a quota of 2 percent of recruitment to be given to the national cadet corps, but I don’t think based on what we have seen today, I don’t think that is bold enough. I believe we should start with a minimum of 10 percent”.

By Daniel Opoku