Public sector workers without Ghana Card to miss salary payments from December

Ghana Card

The Controller and Accountant General says the move is in line with its quest to deliver speedy, secured and verified payroll services to government employees

Public sector workers who have not registered with the National Identification Authority (NIA) for their Ghana Card risk losing their salary from 1 December 2021.

A statement issued by the Controller and Accountant General’s Department said the move is in line with its quest to deliver speedy, secured and verified payroll services to government employees and pensioners.

The statement said the idea will help reduce the risk of undeserving payments or claims.

It has therefore urged all government workers to ensure that they are registered with the NIA and that they have obtained their unique identity numbers or miss salary payments.

Below is the full statement:

About 7,000 “ghost names” deleted from the government payroll

Last year the Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) says about 7,000 “ghost names” have been deleted from the government’s payroll system.

This follows a nationwide exercise carried out by auditors and accountants from the CAGD and the Auditor General’s Department. The acting Controller and Accountant General, Kwasi Kwaning-Bosompem, said the exercise was fruitful and allowed all names that could not be validated to be taken off the state payroll. He made these comments during the launch of monthly training for CAGD staff in Accra. 

“Today, it will be very difficult to bring ghost names on to the payroll; besides, the department does not capture names on the payroll, as this is done at the ministries, departments and agencies level through the Public Services Commission before we get new entrants on to our system,” Kwaning-Bosompem said

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