Ghanaian applicants for United Kingdom (UK) visas have accused the British High Commission of demanding multiple fees and charges for information on the status of their applications.
The applicants expressed worry over the extra fees that they were required to pay when they followed up on the status of their applications.
An applicant with a standard application form is expected to receive information on the status of his or her application within 15 working days, and when such verification delays in reaching the applicant, the only resort is to contact the Visa Application Centre for explanations.
However, these explanations, which are supposed to be given to applicants as part of visa processing services, are sold to them.
Applicants are asked to pay an additional £1.37 per minute to standard network charges to be connected to a system operator who provides no explanations for the delay.
Prez launches free SHs morrow
…event on WASS compound, Adentan
Today, Monday, September 11, 2017, all senior high schools (SHSs) across the country reopen to begin the 2017/18 academic year.
Ordinarily, the reopening would have passed without any fanfare, as the reopening of SHSs is a normal occurrence.
However, this particular reopening is significant in more ways than one.
In the first place, it is the first time in many years that first-year and continuing students are reporting to school on the same day.
More importantly, today marks the beginning of the government’s eagerly awaited flagship educational programme, the free SHS policy.
‘Ghanaians will appreciate our good works
Former President John Dramani Mahama has stated that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) defeat in the 2016 general election is good for Ghanaians to appreciate the good works of the party when it was in power.
Based on the current happenings in the country the former President said it was God who made the NDC lose the election for Ghanaians to know who was being truthful and sincere to the populace.
In the view of the former President, no amount of propaganda will make Ghanaians oblivious of what is happening now.
Freight forwarders frustrating paperless operation at the ports
The use of fake invoices and fictitious customs claims to clear consignments at the ports appears to be on the increase in spite of the paperless clearance system deployed at the country’s ports a week ago.
While the paperless system is to eliminate fraud and facilitate speedy clearance of goods, the alleged submission of fake invoices is still delaying the process at the Tema Port, leading to protracted agitations among agents since the system officially went live September 4, 2017.
Deputy Minister of Finance, Mr Kwaku Kwarteng, who paid an unannounced visit to the Tema Port to witness the processes at first hand, was forced to leave unceremoniously when the agitations heightened.
The Daily Graphic has gathered that importers and agents in their quest to declare lower values of imports in order to beat down duties on imports have conceived their own means of generating their invoices locally.