March 3, 2020
By: Mohamed Sesay
The ruling Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) Member of Parliament, who doubles as chairman of the Legislative Committee in Parliament, Hon. Hindolo Moiwao Govao, has in an interview with Radio Democracy 98.1, vehemently condemned the nine hundred and fifty thousand Leones (LE 950,000) passport price.
Hon.Gevao said the last parliament didn’t serve people of the country well, by pegging seven hundred and fifty thousand Leones as passport price which was above the minimal salary wage of Sierra Leoneans.
He urged the current parliament to represent the people well by reviewing the current passport price, stating that he was personally against the agreement pegging passport price to the United States Dollar, as against the spirit and declaration of the president for all transaction to be done in Leones.
“As far as I am concerned, this particular parliament should make us proud by doing the right thing. They should review the contract and peg the passport price to the Leones, which everybody can afford,” he said.
He added that the last parliament failed to look into the passport agreement properly, and as a result of that, they made a move that was against the interest of the people.
He called on parliament to cancel the current passport agreement, put in place proper mechanism and conducts competitive bidding to attract a suitable contractor that would provide passport for Sierra Leoneans at an affordable price.
“The entire issue around the passport had gone quiet until after three weeks ago when we heard from the Immigration boss that he has reviewed the passport price due to pressure from the contractor. My first problem concerning the passport price was the pegging of it to the Dollar instead of Leones. I have spoken with several Sierra Leoneans travelling abroad and they have shared with me the embarrassment they faced at international airport that, our passport does not meet the iCloud standards,” he said.