Passport Office Grounded

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…Runs Out Of Passport Booklets

By Cecil Mensah

Workers at the Passport Office in Accra, are fuming with rage over the lack of stationery to process passports for the travelling public.

The Herald is informed that the Passport Office, under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, has run out of booklets for processing the Biometric Passports for it clients.

The crisis, has been lingering on for the past two weeks with messages sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to no avail.

The situation, according to some staff has grinded the office to a halt and had not been able to live up to expectation in terms of issuing passports, even though some clients have paid for express service.

Interestingly, while some members of staff are putting the blame at the door step of the Minister, others have kept silence for fear of being thrown out by the powerful Minister, who has unfazed access to the Office of the President at the Flag Staff House.

The Herald’s visit to the Passport Office near the Press Centre of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) and adjacent to the residence of the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Joseph Afotey Agbo in the Ridge area, spotted several clients waiting at the entrance to be served or take delivery of their passports.

When The Herald contacted the Deputy Director of Passports, Mr. Dery Bosco, he told this reporter that he is not the appropriate person to speak on the issue.

There are indications that some clients, whose monies have been taken by the passport office will be demonstrating by the close of this week.
Some of them complained that they need to travel and have made visa appointments at the various embassies.

But, Mr. Dery Bosco, directed this reporter to speak with his boss Eric Odoi, the Director of Passport, claiming that he (Dery Bosco) is currently at a meeting.

The Herald, further called up the sector Minister, Madam Hannah Tetteh, to get some insight into the issue of the shortage of Passport booklets, but her phone was dead.

At the time of going to press, a text message that was sent to the Minister, who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for Awutu Senya East Constituency in the Central Region, had not been responded to.

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