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Gov’t doesn’t want to worsen current condition – Foreign Minister on increase in passport fees

Foreign Affairs Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey has clarified that the recent increase in passport fees by the government is not intended to impose financial hardships on Ghanaians.

She explained that the government currently spends GH¢400 on each passport, with applicants paying GH₵100 and the state absorbing GH¢300. However, she emphasized that this subsidy is unsustainable and is affecting government operations.

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Addressing concerns about the prolonged processing time for passports, Mrs. Botchwey stated that because the government heavily subsidizes passports, it is challenging to deliver efficient services.

She also highlighted that the approval for the new increment in passport fees went through a parliamentary process and reiterated that her ministry has no intention of imposing a financial burden on Ghanaians.

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“Parliament has had to agree to increase the cost of passports. It’s not because we want to impose a financial burden on Ghanaians. 

“No, it’s just because we need to have applicants pay the realistic fees so that we in turn can also provide them with a good service with a good experience when they come looking or looking to to procure passports,” she said.

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She argued that the Ghana Card has now become the primary identification document, reducing the necessity of passports for national identification.

“Today as we speak, we have the National Identification that is working very well so that’s our primary source of identification. No longer the passport. 

“And even those who have the National ID can travel into the country with it. So then I’m asking humbly Ghanaians that please, if you do not need a passport and because you cannot afford it, please, humbly, I’m asking you not to go for a passport because it’s no longer your primary source of identification,” she said.

She stressed that because they needed to improve their services, Parliament had to agree to increase the passport fees.

“Fees come from the Parliament of Ghana. We make a presentation to them, we give them the bare facts of what it is. …. Parliament is aware of this and this document charges came from Parliament.”

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