CONTENT GHANAIANS WITH AMB. AHWOI(2ND ROW, 3RD FROM RIGHT) AND DEPUTY AMB. OSEI-SARFO (2ND ROW 1ST)
The Swaziland town of Manzini (where Ghana s Consulate is situated) was turned into a scene of funfair when Ghanaian nationals resident in Swaziland were presented with their processed biometric passports by the Ambassador, H.E. Mr. Kwesi Ahwoi.
Addressing the recipients and distinguished guests numbering over a hundred, H.E. Ahwoi, noted that it was the first time in the history of Ghana that a Mission had traveled to a concurrently accredited country to capture biometric impressions and processed same for applicants.
He noted that the package was part of a wider engagement policy aimed at bringing the Mission to the doorstep of the Ghanaian community. H.E. Mr. Ahwoi revealed that the Mission visited Cape Town in a similar exercise and requests had been received from compatriots in Mthatha and Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, the KwaZulu Natal Province and Cape Town (for the second time). He also stated that the Mission had accepted a request from Ghana’s Ambassador to Angola, with concurrent accreditation to Gabon, to capture the impressions of our nationals in Gabon and this is scheduled to take place in November 2016.
H.E. Mr. Ahwoi announced that since July 2016, when the Mission commenced the processing of biometric passports, over one thousand one hundred (1,100) passports had so far been printed. He noted that with all the data being accumulated, Ghanaians who for one reason or another need to re-apply for Biometric passports at a later date, could be assisted by the Mission based on their previous records and data.
During the presentation ceremony, most of the recipients expressed joy at the gesture and thoughtfulness of the Mission, and expressed hope that the process would be continued to save applicants the financial implications of travelling to Pretoria, South Africa, to process their passports.
Other members of the Mission’s delegation to Swaziland comprised the Deputy High Commissioner, Mr. Francis Osei-Sarfo, the Head of the Consular Section, Mr. Edward Cofie, and the Head of Chancery, Mr. Felix Nyarku.