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Acute passport scarcity hits Ghana?

Information available to The Chronicle has established that the passport office in Accra has run short of passport booklets, resulting in the shortage of passports in the country.

The repercussion is that many Ghanaians who are in need of a passport for various reasons will have to wait for this challenge to be corrected.

Information emanating from the passport office has it that it is producing about 300 passports per day. As a result, a section of the staff is allegedly cashing in to make some money.

Impeccable information available to this paper has it that the development has seen passport applicants rushing to the national capital where they pay GHS300 cedis for a passport.

The Director of Passport, Mr. Francis Kotia Danti, has, since last Tuesday, not responded to several calls and messages made to him by The Chronicle.

This reporter also called the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Mr. Charles Owiredu, on Thursday, but he responded that he was in Abidjan and that he would call the Director for Passport for feedback.

When The Chronicle called him again on Friday morning to ascertain whether the passport office in Accra is faced with a booklets scarcity, he gave Mr. Kotia's number to the paper and asked the reporter to call him.

The Chronicle again called the Deputy Minister of Information, Mr. Pius Hadzide, who assured him of getting in touch with the Passport Director for feedback.

When the paper called him for the second time, he said he was in a meeting and asked the reporter to call back later.

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Publication:Ghanaian Chronicle (Accra, Ghana)
Geographic Code:6GHAN
Date:Jul 4, 2019
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