The Ghana National Association of Teachers has described a directive issued by the Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) to register with the National Identification Authority as “preposterous, egregious, and intimidating”

The directive seeks to develop a harmonized database with the NIA to enhance and secure the government’s payroll system with unique identification numbers.

GNAT, in a press release dated October 14, 2021, opposed the directive and stated that “Ghanaian workers would not stand such knee-jerk approaches to solve someone else’s laissez-faire attitude towards resolving perceived shortcomings and lapses in the system.”

GNAT explained that all the workers mentioned are article 190 workers and that expect the CAGD to entreat their employers to facilitate the registration and acquisition of cards instead of descending directly on the workers with a threat to cut payment of workers who would not register by December 1, 2021.

The Association added that the National Identification Authority must collaborate with the CADG, employers, and Article 190 workers to acquire the NIA card and save workers from being held hostage by the CAGD.

GNAT said the silence of the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations is too loud for comfort and that expects the Ministry to clear its stance on the issue.

It has, therefore, advised the Controller and Accountant General’s Department to devise better strategies to resolve challenges with the payroll system.

Full statement below:

Background:

The Controller and Accountant General’s Department in a statement issued on October 12, 2021, directed all workers on the government payroll to register with the National Identification Authority for biometric identification and obtain identity numbers.

The directive is to ensure speedy, secured, and verified payroll services to government employees and pensioners and also reduce the risk of undeserving payment of claims.

CAGD further stated that workers on the government payroll who would not register with the National Identification Authority, effective December 1, 2021, will not be paid.

Evans Awaitey

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