Passport application will be made less stressful in Ghana-Owiredu

    /    Jun 27, 2017   /     Ashanti, NewsBreak  /    Comments are closed  /    187 Views
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Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister has said the Ministry will make the application of passport less stressful with the coming in of the National Identification System in September.

According to him, the system was the best way to curbing the difficult processes involved in the acquisition of passport in Ghana since it will provide a unique identification number for every citizen.

Charles Owiredu has also announced that the Ministry was extending passport application centers across the country to make the process easier for Ghanaians.

He was responding to concerns by some Ghanaians who have expressed worry over the cumbersome processes they go through when acquiring passport in the country.

Some members of the public are not happy about how foreigners come into the country and acquire passport so easily with some of them using the Ghanaian passport to engage in illicit activities.

The development according to the public dents the image of the country.

They raised the concerns after a billionaire Nigerian kidnapper, Onwumadike Chukwudubem, alias Evans was arrested with a Ghanaian passport.

Mr Owiredu admitted the concerns of the public and assured that measures were in place to addressing such issue.

“We are very very much in agreement with those who say that even for Ghanaians who want passport sometimes it is very difficult to get passport, but now we want to make the processes very easy for Ghanaians to get these passports. Now we are extending the passport application centers to four other regions. We have only six. We have Sunyani, we have Kumasi, we have Tamale, we have Takoradi, we have Accra and we have Ho. We want to extend it to Upper East and West, Cape Coast and the Eastern region so that at the end of the day we will have all centers in the ten regions for people to put in their applications”.

He also revealed that the Ministry was extending the online services across all regions in the country to make the application of passport less stressful for Ghanaians despite their locations.

The Deputy Minister has however emphasized that the security systems in the country must also be strengthen to prevent aliens who have ulterior motives from acquiring a Ghanaian passport.

Source: Hafiz Tijani/

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