We won’t withdraw “No Ghana Card, No Salary” directive – Controller to Public Sector Workers

Kwasi Kwaning Bosompem, Ag. Controller and Accountant-General
Kwasi Kwaning Bosompem, Ag. Controller and Accountant-General

The Acting Controller and Accountant General, Mr. Kwasi Kwaning Bosompem-led Controller and Accountant-General’s Department has reiterated that, they will not withdrawn the “No Ghana Card/ECOWAS Card, No Salary” directives to Public Sector Workers effective 1st December, 2021.

According to management of the Controller and Accountant-General’s Department (CAGD), the directive ordering public sector workers/government workers to acquire a national identification card from the National Identification Authority (NIA) by December 1, 2021 is a done deal, hence anyone who fails to meet the deadline must be ready to forfeit his/her salaries.

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Addressing the media on the subject matter, the Head of Public Relations at Controller and Accountant-General’s Department Mr. Cephas Narh Dosso, re-echoed that their directive, asking Public Sector Workers to register with the NIA is the best way to address challenges in government’s payroll system.

He noted that, the directive forms part of the Government’s efforts to deliver a speedy, secured, and verified payroll service to employees and pensioners while reducing the risk of undeserving payments or claims.

Explaining further, Cephas Narh Dosso said, Section 8(4) of the Public Financial Management Act, 2016 (Act 921), mandated the Controller and Accountant-General’s Department to, among other functions, receive, disburse and provide secured custody for public funds.

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Management of Controller and Accountant-General’s Department said this following the public uproar including the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), the National Graduate Association of Teachers (NAGRAT) and TUC asking the CAGD to withdraw its directive to government workers.

In addressing concerns of CAGD, Cephas Narh Dosso said, “We have a payroll that takes care of about 500,000 government employees nationwide. As a department, over the years, the CAGD has been instituting measures that will ensure that the integrity of the payroll is maintained at all times,”

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“We appreciate the concerns by our unions because they are our major stakeholders but, what we will say is that…we need to urge our colleague workers to avail themselves and go through the registration process. For now, the deadline is not today, and so the best thing to do is to avail ourselves. When we get to the deadline we will review the data, and I am sure the right decisions will be taken by the right authorities,” Cephas Narh Dosso added.

SOURCE: Coverghana.com.gh

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