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Senate probes passport fee increment

Senate probes passport fee increment The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking and Currency, Grand Gedeh County Senator A. Marshall Dennis, has spoken strongly against the reported increment of the fees for the ECOWAS Biometric Passport from US$23.00 to US$50.00, saying that it has a propensity to disfranchise the down-trodden ordinary citizens from acquiring same.

The Passport Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs recently announced an increment in the fees for ECOWAS biometric Liberian passport from $23 to $50.00 effectively end of April, 2015. Senator Marshall said the cost should remain at US$23.00, instead of increasing it to US$50.00 with the difference of US$27.00, which is a hundred percent increment. The Grand Gedeh County Senator stressed that even at the time the passport cost was US$23.00, it was unbearable for ordinary citizens to afford in the face of severe economic hardship, so for anybody to be thinking about increasing to US$50.00,is unacceptable. He has therefore written a formal letter to the Liberian Senate through the President Pro-temp Armah Zulu Jallah, to invite the relevant authorities like the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Finance and Development Planning to explain to the plenary why the reported increment in the ECOWAS biometric passport.

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