A 48hrs Passport Office has been built and launched in Yaoundé in Cameroon to help meet the needs of passport seekers.
The center is aimed at producing a biometric passports in 48 hours after the online registration of the applicant.
The first 80 passports were issued this Friday by the Cameroonian police chief to the great cheer of some applicants who hitherto had to wait between 6 months and 2 years.
According to the Director of Cameroon Police, Martin Mbarga Nguele, said the passports of applicants are produced in 48 hours at the earliest and packed for transport to the enrolment posts of those concerned.
The cost of these new passports has however been increased from CFAF 75,000 to CFAF 110,000,That is 116 euros to 170 euros-
The over 40 percent increase now makes it one of the most expensive passports in Africa. Authroities say it justified by the speed and quality of the passport.
The Cameroonian passport currently ranks the 91st place according to the Guide Passport Ranking Index.
It provides visa free access to only 49 countries across the world.
For Stanley Ndoumbé , an applicant who is delighted about this new center. he said. “I was only here yesterday and today I received the message to come and get my passport, and now I have it in my hand, so I am very happy”.
Between 1500 to 2000 passports can be produced each day at this new center.
The government also said it has set up centres in each of the 10 regions of Cameroon where the passports can be collected at the convenience of any of the succesful applicants.