Nearly half a year to renew a passport

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I am hoping that the Minister of National Security, Stuart Young, who I believe is the line minister for the Immigration Division, may be able to answer my question as I can’t get an answer from others I have asked.

Why is it taking nearly five months to simply renew a passport? In countries with millions of citizens passport are renewed within 7 days. Even in other Caribbean Islands, citizens can have their passports renewed with days but in Trinidad & Tobago we are looking at five months.

Is it that we are not sure of how many citizens we have; and judging from the long wait we may have over a hundred million citizens? Come on Mr Minister things are taking too long to happen and the population needs an answer to this ridiculous situation and please Mr Young, let’s have a real answer and not a public relations reply.

C. PETERS