The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is asking Ghanaians living abroad to exercise patience as the ministry resolves a shortage of machine readable passports, which has hampered issuance of Ghanaian passports in foreign countries.
The ministry has assured the public that six of the missions overseas, with the largest number of Ghanaians, will be resourced adequately by April 2016.
“…In order to ease the pressure on our missions and the Passport Office in Accra, the ministry is doing everything possible to have six of our missions where we have the largest number of Ghanaians resident abroad to be in a position to issue biometric passport booklets,” a press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration indicated.
The release dated Tuesday 29 March 2016, further explained that the Ministry is yet “to be supplied with machine readable passport booklets by the Controller and Accountant-General’s department”, which has the sole prerogative to issue value books to government and agencies.
A few weeks ago, several passport applicants in the country expressed displeasure, as most of the banks they visited to purchase forms were out of stock.
However, the Controller and Accountant-General, Ms Grace Francisca Adzroe, denied a shortage and indicated that there were about 135,000 of the forms in stock for sale to the commercial banks.