Foreign Affairs Minister, Hanna Tetteh
Ghana’s Passport Office has recently been hit with a shortage of passport booklets which has also affected the country’s missions abroad. The situation has led to delays in acquiring passports at the Office and created several problems in the country’s embassies in other countries.

According to the Minister, the Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CADG) which supplies them with passport booklets, has promised to provide passport booklets by next week to expedite service delivery.

“The passport booklets are considered to be value books. Value books are not issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, they are issued by the Controller and Account General’s Department so when we make an order for booklets from the CAGD, they are supposed to order the booklets on our behalf, deliver them to us so that we also in turn can distribute them to the missions abroad.

My information from the CADG is that, they will have the booklets next week. I sincerely hope they do. The moment that happens and we can deliver the booklets to our missions abroad, immediately the pressure on the passport office here will reduce and that will make it much easier for people to get their passports on time after they have applied for them,” Hanna Tetteh explained.

“If indeed we are able to get the machine-readable booklets next week as we were promised, then our service delivery should improve in about a month.With the backlog that we have to deal with at the moment, it would take us about that period of time to clear it and be able to deal with applications as and when they are made and to process them as quickly as possible.”

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