Premium passport application services are now available in Tamale, following the commissioning of a Centre within the Pension Tower, by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration.
The Centre which became possible through collaboration between the Foreign Affairs Ministry and the private sector brings to three, the number of premium centres in the country – Accra, Kumasi and Tamale that allow potential applicants to process their online passport forms in less time and with less difficulty, but at an additional cost.
Deputy Minister of foreign affairs and also Member of Parliament for Yendi constituency, Mohamed Habib Tijani who commissioned the premium passport Centre in Tamale said the initiative formed part of government’s effort and policy to expanding the scope of passport operations in the country by bringing such services to the doorsteps of Ghanaians.
“Indeed this facility is the third to be opened by our ministry in collaboration with private sector and the goal is to ease the pressure on the normal passport application centres across the country. The northern region was chosen for those who desire to apply in comfort, convenience and are able to afford the service,” he stated.
Alhaji Habib Tijani added; “The ministry is now using the online passport application system and residents will now have an additional passport service which is premium and it will also create business opportunities for businesses in the supply chain.”
The deputy foreign affairs minister, further implored staff at the Centre to exhibit the highest level of professionalism and decorum in the exercise of their duty.
The Northern Regional minister, Salifu Saeed, in commending the Foreign affairs ministry and for that matter, the government for bringing an additional passport services to Tamale said, the benefits go beyond the region, but it would serve the entire north as well as giving a boost to Tamale becoming the hub for Hajj pilgrimages and other businesses.
Story by: Nelson Nyadror Adanuti