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Upper East Regional RCC has no temporary offices available for passport office – Chief Director

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The Upper East Regional Passport Office project, according to Upper East Regional Minister Stephen Yakubu, has not been shelved. However, a delay in the project was necessary to accommodate structural and architectural revisions.

Mr. Yakubu made this statement when he spoke to Mark Smith on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show yesterday, January 9, 2022. 

“This project was supposed to have been finished in 6 months or something like that. I am on them. Hopefully this year, we should be able to complete that so that people would be able to go in there to be able to access passports without going to Tamale or any other place. I am on it,” he said. 

While the Minister was coy about giving definitive timelines about when the project would restart, he was optimistic about the resumption and completion of the project by the close of 2023. 

“It is beyond me. I am working closely with my colleague Minister, the Foreign Affairs Minister and most importantly, it is usually about the funds. If the funds are there, then you should be able to complete it and my understanding is that the funds are there. It is just the structural changes [that are to be made]. The drawings, they need to change the drawings. I am on them all the time. Even in December, I reminded the Minister when I met here so it would be done.”

It would be recalled that in July 2022, the Project Manager for the Upper East Regional Passport Office under construction, Kennedy Enyan stated that the project had not been abandoned but was paused to enable the contractor and other stakeholders involved to resolve some issues.

This statement was made during an interaction to respond to rising concerns surrounding the construction of the Passport Office on the Day Break Upper East Show on A1 Radio.

While responding to the delay associated with the work, it emerged that the contractor had to put the work on hold in order to address some challenges that arose during the process.

Mr. Enyan added that it was quite difficult to continue while those challenges persisted.

Many residents in the Upper East Region wondered why the Regional Coordinating Council had failed to provide temporary spaces to serve as a passport office while the main structure was being worked on. 

The Chief Director of the Upper East Regional Coordinating Council, Alhaji Abubakar Insuah, explained that the RCC doesn’t have adequate spaces to accommodate the passport office temporarily. 

“That is a very good question. The facilities they would require actually require a number of offices, which for now, we are unable to provide. In fact, for now, day in day out, a number of institutions are coming in [and are requesting spaces to work from]. SOCO, for instance, has requested that we give them temporal spaces,” he said. 

Meanwhile, Alhaji Inusah reassured the people of the Upper East Region that the Regional Minister, Stephen Yakubu, is interested in ensuring the quick completion of the facility. 

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana


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