This was when a purported non-governmental Organization called Education Against Poverty Foundation announced on various local radio stations promising employment opportunity.
Police in the western region upon a tipoff from a radio presenter on Friday has arrested some four persons who were involved in a recruitment scam in Takoradi.
The police also initiated the processes to return some GH6,000 which has been taken from the over 200 persons.
At around 11am, a group of young men and women numbering over 100 thronged to the premises of Skyy Power Fm in Takoradi when a purported non-governmental Organization called Education Against Poverty Foundation announced on various local radio stations promising employment opportunity.
By their announcement, each of the candidates was to pay a sum of GH30 for registration. Already the group had succeeded in registering over 200 of them in the morning. But checks on the registration form revealed a different name. While the name of the NGO who purportedly made the announcement is Organization Against Poverty Foundation, the name on the registration form was Mount Moriah Senior High School at Elubo.
A presenter at a local radio station who saw the disparity alerted the police. Pulse.com.gh's check at Elubo also revealed that, Mount Moriah Senior High School had collapsed some 7 months ago due to the school’s inability to meet its financial obligation to its debtors.
The unsuspecting persons who were then in the registration processes became alarmed when they saw heavy police presence who had heeded to the called made by the local radio presenter. It was then that they realized that the process was a scam.
Some of them spoke to pulse.com.gh narrated that “we were told to come along with GH 30 for registration forms. We paid and they told us to sit here for job description when they told us that, there are some people living in the house who do not have money to go to school so we were going to be like artificial parents to those kids. They will send those kids to school and we will be taking care of them and so when they need school fees, we will write letters to the NGO to request for those monies for payments. That wasn’t the kind of job I was expecting but they could not finish the explanation when the police bounced in to quell the process”.
Others also explained that “right from the registration, I asked whether they are from a reliable source but they refuted that. Besides they also did not give us receipt to the over 200 persons they registered us”.