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Ghana opens a new biometric passport processing center in Japan to serve the entire Asia

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Ghana has made another major move in extending passport services to its citizens around the world, with the commissioning of its biometric passport application centre and visa section at its Mission in Tokyo, Japan.

The centre was commissioned on Saturday, August 31, 2019, by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey.

It is located at Ghana’s Chancery.

Madam Ayorkor Botchey is in Japan for the 2019 Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD).

President Nana Akufo-Addo and several other African leaders including Liberia’s President, George Weah, are also attending the Conference.

The commissioning of the centre is in fulfilment of the Minister’s promise to the Ghanaian community in Japan to ensure they have their own biometric passport application machine in Tokyo to ease the application and renewal of passport for them and their counterparts in Singapore.

She had made the promise in December 2018.

According to madam Ayorkor Botchwey, the new centre “will serve as the hub for printing of passports in Asia.”

She indicated that the old process of applying for a Ghanaian passport was cumbersome and time-consuming, sometimes passports were printed in a rush, resulting in missed deadlines for important appointments and mistakes in the printed passports, with respect to names and other details.

“Consequently, as a Government and a Ministry,” she, “we have been working around the clock to improve not only the processing of our Ghanaian passport but also to ensure that the security of our passport processing system remains comparable to excellent international standards.”

She explained that so far, the processing has gone through higher and higher levels in the last few years with some of Ghana’s Missions given authorization to process and print passport abroad.

Additionally, the Minister noted, in April 2019, the Ministry rolled out the extension of the validity of passports from five years to ten years for persons above ages of 17.

” Children up to the age of 17 will still have five-year validity passports for obvious reasons,” she told the Ghanaian community.

“While we are on the subject of passports, I would like to take this opportunity to appeal to every Ghanaian who carries a Ghanaian passport to treat the document with the utmost respect and patriotism,” she said.

“We need to respect our passport as much as we respect our flag. We now have so many agreements with different countries which permit Ghanaians to travel to several countries without a visa,” according to her.

She expressed the hope that with the addition of the Tokyo Mission to the satellite Missions processing biometric passports, the equipment would be put to its optimum use.

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HOT VIDEO: Shatta Wale make a lady finger herself & Rub her Tonga on his labs for him in the studio

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Shatta Wale has a new song coming out soon he wants your attention for it so he did the needful thing that will make us show ‘distin’ to you.

The Dancehall Champion invited one s*xy gyal to come jam to this new song whilst he captured themselves in some raunchy position ‘vibing’ to the love song.

Shatta didn’t show the person’s face in the snap but it looks like is our favourite slay queen Efia Edo.

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Mfantsipim SHS turns away first year students

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Some first year students and their parents who turned up at the Mfantsipim Senior High School (SHS) in the Central Region with their trunks and chop boxes on Sunday have been left stranded after they were turned away by authorities of the school.

The school’s authorities claim the students who were placed in the school under the self-placement module of the Computerised School Selection Placement System (CSSPS) were wrongly placed; thus they should go back home.

One parent who spoke to Graphic Online said upon arrival at the school, authorities asked them to go back home because her son’s name was not on the list of students who have been placed at the school.

According to her, following her son’s placement, she picked up the prospectus last Wednesday and was asked to report to the school on Sunday.

“My ward was given Visual Arts. We came here on Wednesday after my ward was placed at Mfantsipim and they gave us a prospectus. We’ve sewn uniforms, bought all the items and now they are asking us to go back home. We won’t go,” she told Graphic Online.

“When we came on Wednesday, they took our phone numbers and so if anything at all, they should have called us or sent us messages to that effect. The number of students doing visual arts on the notice board is just 22 so parents suspect there is more to it than meets the eye. They say they are not admitting but we have been given prospectus since last week to report today only to be given this news,” she added.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Education Service (GES) says no student was wrongly placed by the CSSPS.

According to the Deputy Director General in charge of Quality and Access, Kwabena Tandoh, students were placed according to their choice of schools.

In an interview, Mr Tandoh explained that students were placed by merit and thus it was impossible for anyone to complain that he or she was not placed in schools or programmes of their choice.

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568 Vehicles Provided To The Police; 320 Housing Units Being Built – President Akufo-Addo

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The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says Government, in recognition of the difficulties and dangers confronting police personnel in the discharge of their duties, is committed to resourcing the Police Service, in terms of provision of adequate personnel and logistics, to enable them to deliver on their core mandate.

According to President Akufo-Addo, “despite budgetary constraints, the Akufo-Addo government has, in two and half years in office, provided 568 vehicles, including 15 operational buses to the Service, a feat unprecedented in the history of the Service.”

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With many more vehicles expected to arrive in the country in the next few months, the President noted that when he took office in January 2017, the Service had a total of 492 serviceable cars.

President Akufo-Addo made this known on Friday, 13th September 2019, when he addressed the graduation ceremony of the 49th Cadet Officers Course of the Ghana Police Service.

Additionally, the President noted that 320 housing units are being constructed at National Police Training School to reduce the accommodation deficits of the Service.

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“Modern communication equipment677 and 4,500 fragmentation jackets have been procured and delivered to the Service to protect officers, and ensure effective policing,” he said.

President Akufo-Addo continued, “Government has also secured three (3) helicopters for the Service, with the construction of hangars at the National Police Training School almost nearing completion. I am happy to inform you that six (6) officers are currently undergoing training in South Africa to become pilots for the helicopters, and serve as the Air Wing of the Police Service.”

Twenty (20) horses, the President said, have also been procured to assist the Police in riot and crowd control, with a Canine (K9) Unit, made up of thirty (30) dogs, also in the offing.

The recent establishment of the Police Intelligence Directorate, he said, is ensuring that police operations and investigations are increasingly being carried out on the basis of intelligence.

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“The Criminal Investigations Department will, by the end of the year, be equipped with a digital forensics’ laboratory, and, for the first time in the history of the Department, crime officers are given a monthly allowance to support their investigations. We are retooling the CID Forensic Science lab; the CID building has also now become disability-friendly, and there is continuous training of CID officers,” the President said.

Touching on recruitment of new police personnel, President Akufo-Addo noted that Government has given approval for the recruitment of four thousand (4,000) personnel to augment the strength of the Police Service.

He revealed that 961 of these recruits passed out between 22nd and 31st July this year, in various Police Training Schools throughout the country.

“The second batch of one thousand (1,000) recruits are also due to graduate by the end of this month. Another batch, made up of two thousand (2,000) men and women, is scheduled to report for training by the end of this month,” he added.

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These measures, according to the President, have been put in place by the Government to reform the Police Service and make it fit for purpose.

Condemnation of Attacks
The recent attacks on some police officers, which have resulted in their deaths, he said, must no longer be allowed to continue.

“I condemn these attacks in no uncertain terms, and I assure the Police Service and the general public that, in so far as we are a nation governed under the rule of law, such criminal acts will not go unpunished. No one deserves to be killed under any criminal or extra-judicial circumstance,” President Akufo-Addo explained.

He continued, “Personnel of the Police Service should not be seen as enemies, but rather partners in the fight against crime. I am happy to note that the Police Administration has, in all these cases, acted promptly, and arrested the perpetrators, who are now facing trial. The Ghanaian people are expectant that such rapid arrests will also be carried out when the victims are ordinary citizens.”

In the same vein, the President was expectant that, any police officer who breaks the law, and abuses the freedoms and human rights of any member of society must not be spared, and should be brought to face the full rigours of the law.

On the missing Takoradi girls, President Akufo-Addo indicated that “the families of the three missing Takoradi girls and the recently discovered fourth person, are waiting anxiously for news of their whereabouts from the Police Service, and I fervently hope the Police Service will respond soon.”

Government, the President reiterated, is determined to help create a security service, including the Police Service, that is professional and efficient in the discharge of its duties.

“Promotions within the service have to be based on merit, and not on political affiliation. The political affiliations of serving officers should manifest themselves only in the polling booth on election day. Once they don the uniform, the population and I expect them to carry out their duties impartially, without any political coloration. That is the basis on which I have proceeded since I assumed office on 7th January, 2017,” he added.

President Akufo-Addo told the gathering that the political leanings of any of the commanding officers of the various security agencies, including the Police Service, are not his concern.

“My concern is their ability to deliver. That is the best way we can build a credible security and police system,” the President stressed.

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