The Chairman for the Parliamentary Select Committee on Foreign Affairs, Frank Annor Dompreh, has bemoaned what he says is the bad condition of the country’s missions abroad.
According to him, our missions are in deplorable condition. He told Rainbow Radio’s parliamentary correspondent Afia Kwartenfg that, if we should have adopted what he termed as ‘’incremental maintenance”, we would not have arrived at the deplorable state in which our over 60 missions are.
He underscored the need for the country to allocate enough resources in rebuilding the country’s missions as they represent the dignity of the country abroad.
Mr Annor Dompreh indicated although there are on going works, he believes more could be done.
The Mahama led administration secured a 50 million dollar loan from Societe General to finance the rehabilitation of Ghana’s Missions abroad. It is unclear whether the rehabilitation will cover all missions abroad or some specific ones.
But commenting on the issue he said we do not have go in for a loan to rebuild our missions and allow them to deteriorate.
He is also advocating for a yearly report by the Foreign Affairs Minister on the state of our missions abroad in order for us to rebuild the ones in poor state instead of waiting for years until they are in extremely poor state.
Touching also on the acquisition of passport, he said, government would put in measures to address the stress Ghanaians go through in acquiring their passports.
He said government would soon commission two new passport offices in Koforidua and Tema.
He hinted of a passport office in the Northern region.