The Ghana Immigration Service is unable to issue new passports to Ghanaians following a shortage of passport booklets.
On Wednesday July 11, some middlemen (Goro Boys) told Accra 100.5FM’s Nana Amoako Gyampah at the passport office in Accra, that the government owes Buck Press, the company in charge of printing the booklets, three months.
To that end, the printing company has also refused to print more of the books until they are paid their arrears.
“We pay taxes to the government and so why won’t the government pay Buck Press to enable them continue printing the books,” one of the Goro boys told Gyampah.
He added : “We can tell you on authority that the government owes Buck Press for three months and has not paid. So the printing press has also decided to stop printing the books.”
Another Goro boy said : “I just cannot understand why the government cannot pay the printing press for them to print more of the books.”
Meanwhile the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said the shortage of the books is as a result of technical challenges.
Mohammed Tijani, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs told Chief Jerry Forson on the Ghana Yensom show on Accra 100.5FM Wednesday July 11 that : “At the Foreign affairs we don’t pay. Ministry of Finance does the payment and the controller issues the books.
“Every year we issue 4000 passport booklets but this year due to technical reasons only 2000 booklets were issued by controller and accountant’s outfit.”
He added: “We have rectified the problem the passports office will work Saturday and Sunday to normalise the situation.”