-The Ghana Passport Office has rubbished claims of it being behind the acute shortage of passport forms across the country
- Head of the Passport Office, Alexander Grant says the Accountant General's Department was rather to blame for the shortage
- Accountant General has also insisted it is not to blame for the shortage
Ghana Passport Office is insisting that it has no responsibility over the shortage of passport forms in the accredited banks across the country.
Director of Passports, Alexander Grant has revealed that all inquiries on the supply of passport forms should rather be directed to the Controller and Accountant General’s Department because his outfit, the Passport Office, does not deal with the supply of forms to the banks.
“It is the Controller and Accountant General’s department that buys and supplies the banks with the forms. We don’t sell the forms, it is the Controller and Accountant General’s Department that is responsible for that ….,” he insisted in an interview with Citi FM in Accra
Meanwhile the Controller and Accountant General, Ms Grace Francisca Adzroe, has also denied any imminent increase in the price of the forms amounting to the reported shortage stating that the passport processing forms were still being sold at 50 cedis.
“we have no intention to increase the cost now.” She said the Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) currently has about 135,000 of the forms in stock for sale to the commercial banks at GHc2, from the previous GHc1.45 they paid from 2010 to 2015. We only increased the chest price to GHc2 for the banks as a result of the high cost of production. So when they sell at GHc50, they withhold the GHc2 as their cost recovery and pay GHc48 to government coffers,” she explained.