The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon Mohammed Habibu Tijan, on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 commissioned Tamale premium passport application center in Tamale of the Northern Region.
The inauguration of the passport center in Tamale forms in part of government’s efforts and policy of expanding the scope of passport operations in the country and bringing such vital public service to the door-step of Ghanaians.
Speaking on behalf of the sector minister Hon Ayorkor Botchwey, Hon Mohammed Tijani indicated that the facility is the third Premium PAC to be opened by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration and in collaboration with private sector after the Accra and Kumasi Premium Centres.
According to him, the goal is to ease the incessant pressure on various Passport Applications Centres (PACs) across the entire country, and the Northern Region was chosen to provide this additional service to people who desire to process their passports in comfort and great convenience and are able to afford the service.
Added that the objective is to leverage digital world order of technology to augment our obligation of issuance of passports to the good people of our dear country.
He noted that , as part of the process to expand the digital space and to continue to innovate in a fast changing and dynamic world as well as to address the challenges, the ministry has adopted and operationalised government’s digitization policy by automating the process of acquiring passports through the online passport application system.
The Deputy Minister stated that, residents of the Northern region will now have the opportunity of availing themselves of additional passport service which is premium. It is also envisaged that the establishment of this Premium Passport Application Centre in Tamale would create business opportunities in the supply chain where indigenes, residents and well-meaning Ghanaians can take advantage and set up their own small businesses.
He underlined that the passport office is a multi-agency institution which works with other relevant agencies such as the Birth and Death registry, Controller and Accountant General’s Department, Ghana Immigration Service Ghana Police service among other security services, all of which have representatives stationed in this PAC.
Thus, the Ministry will continue to work with these agencies to effectively execute its mandate of issuing passports to Ghanaians.
He implored all staff working at the centre to exhibit the highest levels of professionalism and decorum in the exercise of their duty.