Passport applicants in Brong Ahafo unhappy

Activity at the Brong Ahafo Regional Passport Centre in Sunyani has come to a standstill due to the breakdown of the biometric fingerprint machine.

The equipment which allows applicants’ fingerprints and other details to be captured broke down last Wednesday and has since not been replaced, compelling officials at the centre to turn away prospective applicants from both far and near in the region who visited the centre to apply for passport.

Some aggrieved applicants, numbering about 20, who spoke with the Ghanaian Times accused officials at the passport centre of being inefficient, expressing surprise why such a vital device could not be replaced without delay.

Richard Boateng, an SHS leaver said he was frustrated and in a dilemma because he needed to acquire the passport to travel abroad to further his education.

According to him, he attempted to apply at the Kumasi centre but because a large number of people go there to transact business, he was discouraged.

Bernard Adjei, a businessman said there was no notice at the place to inform the public about the problem, making applicants who storm the centre, return disappointed.

He appealed to the authorities to replace the machine without delay to enable applicants to access their passports.

Supt. Alhassan Nuhu, the officer in charge of the centre, when contacted confirmed the story and explained that another machine was sent to the centre from the head office in Accra but it also failed to work.

He assured the public that his outfit was working hard to remedy the situation and appealed to all to have patience with them.


From: Daniel Dzirasah, Sunyani


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