Decentralization is not an option now – Director of Passports

PassportDirector of Passports, Alexander Grant Ntrakwa believes decentralizing the issue of passport would be a big security risk.

There have been calls for the decentralization of passport acquisition in Ghana to ease the congestion and underhand dealings at Passport Application Centers (PACS).

Acquisition of a passport has been time consuming and nightmarish; a situation where people sometimes spend days commuting to and from the Passport Office before being issued with a passport.

Speaking on 3FM’s Sunrise, Mr. Ntrakwa noted that the decentralization process isn’t an option at the moment for security reason, which he said was not ready to deal with the implications.

“I am talking about the best practice that all countries are exercising now and I don’t think even the U.S A. where we look at as the best democratic country even practices that”.

Mr. Ntrakwa maintained, “I lived in the US for four years and I wasn’t aware of a situation where maybe New York State printed passports and Illinois has different place for printing passports.

“Considering the security architecture globally I don’t subscribe to a situation where a country like Ghana will be printing passports in different locations within the country”.

Source: Nana Afrane Asante | | Ghana

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