It is only four days after the University of Ghana Student Representative Council opened registration to help students without passport secure one and renew expired ones as the case might be.
Checks by UGfile show a massive subscription unto the program. As at day one of registration, well over 400 students had submitted their names expressing interest in the program. Reports say students were in queue to register after 9pm on day one amidst black out.
At the time of putting this report together, a total of 878 students had registered for the program. Speaking to some students at the registration desk at the Union Building, Doris from Jubilee Hall says she was informed by friends that the SRC had initiated a registration process to secure free passports for students. When informed that the process requires she purchases the passport form, she expressed surprise but lauded the SRC as the process will spare her the stress associated with procuring a passport.
The SRC announced a free passport registration process on Monday, October 12, 2015. Interested applicants are required to provide their details i.e name, contact and student ID at the Security desk of the SRC Union Building. The requirements are: filled passport forms, biometric birth certificate and a copy of ones students ID card.
Speaking on Campus Exclusive, the morning show of the University of Ghana based radio station, Radio Univers105.7fm, Ms. Felicia Agyei Secretary of the SRC said, the leadership thought it wise to facilitate passport procurement for all interested students after the it was able to secure passport for itself in record time ahead of a trip.
When asked if the project was not a misplaced priority in the face of other pressing needs of students like fueling power plants, the meager SRC Yi Bi Boa benefits among others, Ms. Agyei said, projects embarked by the SRC does not necessarily benefit all students. Citing the SRC Yi Bi Boa scholarship, a scheme established to give financial support to needy and brilliant students, she argued that much as not all students necessarily need the scheme hence will not benefit from it, students with passports will not benefit from the program. It should not however prevent the SRC from helping others who will benefit immensely from the project she added.
The SRC gave a two week period for the registration process. However, Ms. Agyei said considering the high turn outs, the SRC has decided to reduce the duration to one week.
The number of students who register for the program will be collated and submitted to the passport secretariat for processing to begin. This will come with passport forms purchased by students as well as other relevant documents like birth certificates.
The SRC has promised to make transportation arrangements for students to convey them to the passport secretariat to enter their biometric details.
As part of negotiations, passports submitted under the name of the SRC will receive preferential attention to ensure students get their passports in record time. To prevent entry of details of relatives and friends who are not students, applicants will be required to prove their status as students with their student ID cards.
The scribe of the SRC encouraged students to buy the ordinary forms for GhC50.00 since all forms submitted will enjoy preferential treatment.
She was quick to add, that the modality for collection will be based on first come first serve basis.