The Ashanti Regional Director of Passports, Nana Kwabena Osei, has called on well-meaning Ghanaians to join hands to rid the Passport Office and other state agencies of middlemen, more commonly known as ‘goro’ boys.
Passport bookletGoro boys operate around some state institutions, notably the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) and the Passport Office, where they agree a fee with passport and driver’s licence applicants, to circumnavigate the humdrum bureaucracy they are confronted with in their quest to secure such national documents.
Nana Kwabena Osei said, despite several efforts in the past to arrest such intermediaries and put an end to their activities at the premises of the Passport Office, fresh faces kept showing up, making it a nigh impossible task, which he said would require a concerted effort to eliminate.
“Since the Director cannot
see what is happening outside there, we always act on information we receive from the complainant and retrieve the money from the culprit before taking him to the police station” He stressed.
Regarding the efforts of the passport issuance office to deal with middlemen, the regional director told the press, “We arrest a number of them every day, but it appears to be a big syndicate operating just like we see in other service providing agencies in Ghana. Once you arrest one, a fresh person emerges. Some seem to have an air of decency about them, but they are all wolves in sheep’s clothing. Even as I speak to you two persons have been arrested today” He added.
Thus, he urged for support to eradicate the problem posed by the goro boys, who have lately christened themselves as ‘facilitators’.