Upon all the requests made to the past and present government by the people of the Upper East Region for an active passport application office in the region, which they say, will enable them reduce the risk and stress of traveling to Tamale in the Northern Region for passport application each day.
However, it appears Wa in the Upper West is about to get a passport application ahead of the Upper East Region. What might be the secret of Upper West shining in terms of development than the Upper East? your guess is as good as mine.
Mohammed Habibu Tijani, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has said passport application centers will soon be opened in Cape Coast and Wa to ease the stress of acquiring the identity and traveling document in the country.
According to Mr. Tijani, the government had migrated to online platforms as far as the application of passport in the country was concerned for effective service delivery.
Speaking at the second series of a virtual Result Fair in Accra, Mr. Tijani said the government had increased the validity of the Ghanaian passport from five years to 10 years to conform to international practice.
He said there were few application centers across the country, with each having its peculiar challenge, leading to undue delays in the acquisition of passports and exploitation of applicants by the “goro boys” or the middlemen.
Mr. Sabi reiterated the government’s resolve to ensure that the processes leading to passport acquisition were made in an effective and efficient manner.
He said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration had from March 1, 2020, ceased all manual passport application operations.
The Ministry directed all applicants subsequently to purchase the online passport application platform from its website; passport.mfa.gov.gh for their applications.
He said with the online application platform (passport.mfa.gov.gh), one would need to create an account and make the payment, after which the form will be sent to the email.
However, Mr. Tijani also reiterates that online passport application is now available at all Passport Application Centres in the country.
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