CAGD withholds on ‘No Ghana Card, No Salary’ directive to public sector workers

The Controller and Accountant General’s Department rescind its directive of withholding salaries of public sector workers who do not have the Ghana card.

From initial statements and directives issued out, government workers without the Ghana card were supposed to be denied salaries by December 1st last year.

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CAGD argued that the use of the card would have helped the smooth transition and synchronization of its financial remuneration.

This policy was expected to ensure a speedy administration of the payroll.

“By this notice, all existing and prospective Government workers are to ensure they are registered with the NIA and have obtained their Identity numbers,” portions of CAGD’s October 12, the statement read.

Reports coming out from the department’s office indicate that the said deadline has been backtracked, and the compulsory directive to possess a Ghana card eased.

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The new decision seems to stem from a meeting held on October 19 between the Employment Ministry, Finance Ministry, CAGD, and Organised Labour.

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The new directive from CAGD is to transfer the names of its public sector workers in their current database onto the National Identification Authority database.

In this process, the platform will identify all unregistered members of staff who are available to be factored into the new identification framework.

Meanwhile, the government is currently embarking on a SIM card re-registration exercise using the Ghana Card as the only identification requirement.

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