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The directive by the Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) for all public sector workers to register with the National Identification Authority (NIA) and obtain a Ghana Card or forfeit their salaries by December 1, 2021, has been put on hold.

Instead, the Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) has been tasked to port the names of public sector workers in their existing database onto the National Identification Authority (NIA) platform and thereafter, inform the various institutions of any unregistered staff that may exist.

The latest decision was arrived at following a meeting by the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, Ministry of Finance, the CAGD and the leadership of organised labour representing public sector workers on CAGD payroll Tuesday.

The Controller and Accountant General, Kwasi Kwaning Bosompem, last week warned that workers on government payroll without National Identification Authority (NIA) numbers will not be paid salary from December 1, 2021.

According to Mr Bosompem, the Controller and Accountant-General’s Department (CAGD), is collaborating with NIA to have harmonized database to facilitate biometric and unique identification of all workers on the government payroll.

The move, CAGD explained was “part of Government of Ghana’s efforts to deliver speedy, secured and verified payroll service to government employees and pensioners while reducing the risk of undeserving payment or claims, the Controller and Accountant-General’s Mr Kwaning Bosompem is collaborating with NIA to have 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 obtained their identity numbers.”

Source: Ghana/Starrfm.com.gh/103.5fm

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