(JollofNews) – The Government of the Gambia has announced the immediate suspension  of  passports and national identity cards production until further notice.

The decision according to the Ministry of the Interior, will enable the relevant authorities to protect and promote the integrity of  national documents.

The ministry said it is embarking on a comprehensive review of the entire process of issuance of national documents.

The sudden suspension of passport and identity card production is likely to affect thousands of  Gambians travelling within and outside of the Gambia.

It is a requirement for Gambians to carry identity cards in the Gambia and  police and immigration officials often request commuters to produce them at various security checkpoints before being allowed to proceed on their travels.