Over 10,000 passports uncollected

Over 10,000 passports uncollected

The Director of passports, Enos Emmanuel, has revealed that over ten thousand (10,000) Ghanaian passports are currently ready for use, but are yet to be picked up by their rightful owners.

Speaking at a media briefing on passport acquisition in Accra, he said majority of the applicants have refused the show up for their passports despite completing the process long ago.

Over 10,000 passports uncollected
Over 10,000 passports uncollected

He explained that tracking passport applicants has become increasingly difficult due to the fact that they normally provide wrong contact details when filling their passport application forms.

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This, Mr Emmanuel, said means that officials at the passport office may not be able to track applicants whose passports are ready but have not yet been picked up.

According to him, applicants who fail to fully provide their contact details during the application process risk seeing their details deleted from the system if they cannot be traced by passport officials within six months.

He however assured that officials at the Passport Office are doing their utmost best to make sure applicants do not have to go through a stressful process before acquiring their passports.

He explained that the newly-introduced online system of application has led to the procession of more passports on a daily basis.

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 "Currently between 150 and 200 online applications are processed and printed out daily. I want the ordinary Ghanaian to know that the Passport Office is doing everything possible to make passport acquisition nightmares a thing of the past," Mr Emmanuel said while addressing the media.

He added that his outfit is working around the clock to curb the actions of intermediaries, popularly referred to as "goro boys".

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According to him, the online system would definitely help end such activities.

Source: YEN.com.gh

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