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Government blames passport booklets shortage on technical fault

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General News of Wednesday, 11 July 2018


Shirley2play videoMinister for Foreign Affairs, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Mohammed Tijani, has blamed the shortage of passport booklets on technical challenges.

According to him, every year, 4000 booklets are printed and issued by the Controller and Accountant General.

However, due to technical fault, only 2000 have been printed this year, leading to the difficulty in accessing a Ghanaian passport at the moment.

Mr Tijani who is also Member of Parliament for Yendi told Chief Jerry Forson on the Ghana Yensom show on Accra 100.5FM Wednesday July 11 that the issues have been rectified to ensure that more booklets are printed.

“Every year we issue 4000 passport booklets but this year due to technical reasons only 2000 booklets were issued by Controller and Accountant’s outfit.”

He added: “We have rectified the problem, the passports office will work Saturday and Sunday to normalise the situation.”

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Mr Tijani further indicated that the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, has put in place several measures to ensure that challenges associated with the issuance of passports are dealt with.

“The minister for the past two years has been working to ensure Ghanaians do not have difficulty accessing passports,” he said.

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By Genny Smith 11/07/2018 04:10:00