Passport Booklet Runs Out Over Unpaid Debt; Applicants Stranded

Hundreds of applicants of passport, across the country are said to be currently stranded as a result of shortage of booklets to process their applications.

As a result, the passport office is reportedly attending to only priority cases as the company which supplies the passport booklet has refused to supply as a result of debts owed them.

Reports indicate that applicants whose collection dates are due to receive their passports were left disappointed when they showed up at the passport offices.

“The company that supplies the booklet is a Chinese company and because we owe them they haven’t supplied us for some time now. So we have not been able to print new passports for the past three weeks. We are hoping to resolve the impasse soon,” a staff at the passport office told Starr News Thursday.

One of the frustrated passport applicants, Mavis Adjei said, ” I was supposed to receive my booklet last week and they keep tossing me and I need to travel next week”.

Another applicant James Quaye said he applied for a passport in Koforidua in the hope of receiving it in time for a visa appointment but now he is caught in the situation.

Attempts for a response from the passport office on the development have proved futile as our calls to them have remained unanswered.

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