The Controller and Accountant-General’s Department (CAGD) has issued a strong warning to all Public Sector Workers on the National Identification Authority (NIA) registration.
In a statement, the Acting Controller and Accountant-General Mr. Kwasi Kwaning Bosompem said, any Government of Ghana (GoG) worker who fails to register for the Ghana Card or ECOWAS Card with National Identification Authority (NIA) before 1st December, 2021 will not be paid salary.
According to Controller, this forms part of Govermment of Ghana’s efforts to deliver speedy, secured and verified payroll services to government employees and pensioners while reducing the risk of undeserving payments or claims.
In view of the above, the Controller and Accountant-General’s Department (CAGD) is collaborating with the National Identification Authority (NIA), to have a harmonized database to facilitate biometric and unique identification of all workers on the government 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. Please note that effective December 1, 2021, workers on the Government of Ghana payroll who have not registered with the NIA will not be paid.” The statement said.
This directive came after the National Identification Authority (NIA) in collaboration with Communications and Digitization Ministry have announced the fourteen (14) mandatory uses of Ghana Card or ECOWAS Card.
According to them, the directive is backed by the LI 2111 of the National Identity Register Regulation, 2012, Regulation 7(1), that says, National Identity Card issued to an individual shall be used for transactions when the identification is required.
Also, the LI 2111 in Regulations 7(2) says, an organization that offers any of the Services in respect of transactions listed under sub regulation (1) shall demand the presentation of identity card from the individual concerned before providing relevant services to the individual.
It’s in line with this mandate that, the Controller and Accountant-General’s Department is directing Public Sector Workers to immediately register with NIA for Ghana Card before 1st December, 2021.