Opposition Leader Andrew Holness says the government should consider privatizing the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency, PICA. He also calling on Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller to delay the planned May 26 implementation of the increase in passport fees.
Mr. Holness visited the head office of the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency, PICA in St. Andrew this morning.
He was greeted by a crowd of hundreds in long lines, as people converged to process their passports at the existing rates.
Some in the crowd say they had assembled from as early as 1am, trying to beat the rush to process their documents before the new fees take effect on May 26.
Mr. Holness says he has met with members of PICA’s management team.
He says the situation can only be resolved if the price increase is delayed.
Mr. Holness says the increase in the passport fees is another attempt by the government to secretly introduce new taxes.
And Mr Holness says the large crowd at PICA’s office is an indication that Jamaicans are suffering.