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SLPP MP damns new passport price

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.

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  1. Since the materails involved in printing the passport books are in Dollars and the company contracted has to make profit, I would advised that instead of reducing the price of the book, the Parliament should increase the duration of the book. The passport books for most countries expire after ten (10) years. Our is one of the few that expires after five (5) years. Most Sierra Leoneans travel only once or twice in a year. a book will last them long. For frequent flyers, they can afford to buy another books when the pages in their ten year book fills up due to stamps.

    It make sense for the Parliament to view my suggestion as it save cost for both the country and it citizens.

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