The Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) says it will not go back on its directives in ordering the public sector workers to get their national identification card by December 1st, 2021, or forgo their salaries.

Since the issuance of this directive on Tuesday 12th October, 2021, agitations have been risen by some government workers and unions with the Controller and Accountant – General being asked to rethink the decision and withdraw or extend the time.

Head of Public Relations at CADG, Mr Cephas Narh Dosso in an interview with the Ghana News Agency says the directive is the surest way to address the challenges in the government payroll system.

Referring to the Public Financial Management Act, 2016(Act 921) section 8(4), which mandates the CAGD to receive, disburse, and provide secured custody for public funds amongst other functions.

He said as a department managing about 500,000 government workers, it was relevant to ensure the integrity of the payroll.

Mr. Dosso explained saying, “We have a payroll 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.

He went on to urge the public institutions and unions to encourage their members to get the card before the expiry date.

The move is said to form part of the government’s effort to ensure there’s speedy, secure delivery, and verified payroll services to workers and also reduce claims of undeserving payments.

Story by Hellen Grace (enmoregh.com)

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