Minister designate for Foreign Affairs, Madam Shirley Ayorkor Botchway has assured Ghanaians that the struggle to acquire a passport will become a thing of the past when she’s put to work after being cleared by Parliament.
The difficulty in getting a passport over the past years has led to the government launching the long overdue online system that aims to make application and acquisition of the national ID easier.
Although the systems is not in full operation at the moment, the minister designate whose ministry will be in charge of passports said in an interview on Citi news that she will work towards ensuring that the institution runs effectively.
“We’ll be ensuring that processes that Ghanaians go through that has something to do with the foreign ministry will be smooth processes such as the acquisition of passports and visas and all of that, there is a lot of work there than needs to be done and we are going to do our best,” she said.
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The Director of the Passports office, Alexander Ntrakwa recently complained about massive bribery and corruption that bedevils the office.
Many applicants in their desperation to acquire passports in the country, illegally pay huge sums of money to unauthorized facilitators, popularly known as ‘Goro Boys’, to by-pass the tedious bureaucratic processes in acquiring the national identification document. But applicants have also accused passport officials of deliberately making the process cumbersome, a situation that compels applicants to pay bribes.