Two individuals chasing their passports since 2017 have now gained access to their travel documents within minutes thanks to the intervention of Foreign Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey.
Charity Tinka and Justice Adjei applied for their passports in November and December last year, respectively. They were supposed to receive their passports at least two weeks after putting in their applications.
Two weeks turned into months without issuance of the passports. According to the two, whenever they came to the Passport Office, they were told it was not ready.
However, when the Foreign Minister paid an unannounced visit to the Passport Office in Accra, Tinka and Adjei’s documents were made available and issued immediately.
As Joy News’ Elton John Brobbey describes it, the passports were issued under strange and dramatic circumstances.
Charity Tinka presented her receipt for the passport, but was told to come back in two weeks because it was not ready. On seeing Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, she made a complaint to her, and within ten minutes after entering the office, the Minister returned with the passport, Brobbey reports.
It is not clear yet how a passport that was not ready for several months suddenly became available within ten minutes on the orders of the Minister.
Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey’s intended visit to the office was to observe conditions there, where operations are key to her ministry.
According to Elton John Brobbey, the minister was unhappy with the large number of people who were queued at the office for their passports.
She also warned that criminal foreigners holding Ghanaian passports illegally will be prosecuted when arrested by police.