President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Friday, November 13, 2020, inaugurated a new Passport Head Office at Ridge in Accra to provide improved services in the acquisition and issuance of passports.
The Office, which is a three-level purpose-built edifice, comes with ancillary facilities such as a meeting room, cafeteria for staff and well-structured records/ archival rooms among others.
At the commissioning ceremony, President Akufo-Addo said the Passport office had been struggling for years to get an appropriate accommodation “and we all can agree that that appropriate accommodation had been obtained.”
He commended the Foreign Minister for spearheading the massive transformation of the country’s passport administration and how she has distinguished herself as the front-liner in Ghana’s diplomacy.
The President urged management and staff of the office to ensure that the palace is well maintained and kept “and the purpose of efficient administration of the passport regime of the country” is achieved.
On her part, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, said for nearly four years, her office had successfully implemented the online passport application system, which has phased out the manual application.
These interventions, she said had eliminated the difficulties associated with the acquisition of passports and had improved the turnout time for delivery.
Acquisition of passports has been improved tremendously with the establishment of passport application centres in Kumasi, Tamale, Ho, Takoradi Koforidua, Tema and Sunyani, as well as PACS in Accra and Kumasi to expedite services.
Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey said her Ministry would soon Commission new PACs in Cape Coast and a new premium Centre in Tamale.
Rex Mainoo Yeboah, ISD