The Member of Parliament for Afigya Sekyere East, Mavis Nkansah-Boadu has lauded the establishment of government’s online application service centers which is expected to ease the acquisition of passports as well as eliminate payment to “goro” boys.
Contributing to the floor of parliament during the last day of the budget debates, the MP who is also a member of the Foreign Affairs committee stated that two online passport service centers, have been added in the Greater Accra and Eastern region.
“It is unfair for a Ghanaian to travel the length and breadth of this country just to acquire a passport, I believe that if you are coming from Tema, you will not have to travel to Accra anymore just to acquire a passport, you can just be in Tema and get your passport, in the same vein if you are in the Eastern region, you can conveniently go to Koforidua and get these passports”
She also indicated that for Ghanaians in the Diaspora, government is in the process of rolling out an E-Visa which will reduce the time that Ghanaians have to wait in the passport acquisition process.
Government have also opened eight more missions under two years, making it 82missions globally, the MP noted.
“I believe that this online application services that has been brought to Ghana will reduce the huge sums of monies paid to goro boys[middle men]. It will reduce the travel time, someone will not have to move from a different region or other part of Ghana to acquire a visa, I believe it will reduce the travel time that Ghanaians have to go through”.
It is a right of Ghanaians to get a visa, the world is a global village and we all depend on each other for survival.
She also touched on the government’s agreement with three automobile companies including Volswagen, Sinotruk and Nissan who have hinted of setting up assembly plants in Ghana, maintaining that it will yield long term gains such as reducing the unemployment rate.
The MP also indicated that the influx of these multinationals to the country attests to the credibility of the president globally and urged Ghanaians to rally behind him to succeed.