The Government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has warned the general public against making unsubstantiated allegations on social media that foreigners are acquiring Ghanaian passports.
The Ministry said persons with credible evidence of foreigners in possession of the Ghanaian passport should inform the security agencies or the Ministry for the right steps to be taken.
The Foreign Affairs Ministry said these while indicating that its attention has been drawn to an allegation that Ghanaian passports are being issued to foreigners.
It assured the general public that it is investigating the allegation to ascertain the veracity or otherwise in order to take the appropriate steps if found to be true.
“The Ministry is investigating the said allegation and would take appropriate measures to deal with with the situation if found to be true,” a statement issued on Friday August 12 said.
The Ministry however indicated that the process of acquiring a biometric passport is rigorous hence makes it difficult for unqualified persons to obtain the travel document.
“It is worth emphasizing that with the current biometric passport being issued by the Passport Office applicants undergo rigorous vetting processes which make it difficult for unqualified persons, notably, foreigners, to acquire Ghanaian passport,” the statement added.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration wishes to assure the general public that it would continue to adopt relevant measures in the issuance of Ghanaian passport in order to uphold and protect the integrity of the travel document.
“The Ministry however wishes to caution against unfounded claims on social media concerning foreigners acquiring Ghanaian passport. Individuals with credible evidence on foreign nationals in possession of our passport are to approach the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration for further action by the law enforcement agencies,” the statement said.
By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana