The Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) says it will from December 1, 2021, stop the payment of salaries of public workers without Ghana Card, the Management of the Accountant Department said on Tuesday.
In a statement copied to EducationWeb.com.gh, the Department said the move forms part of the central government efforts to deliver speedy, secure and verified payroll services to public sector employees and pensioners.
“This forms part of a government effort to deliver speedy, secure and verified payroll services to government employees and pensioners while reducing the risk of underserving payments or claims,” the Controller stated.
According to Accountant General, it is collaborating with the National Identification Authority (NIA) to have a harmonized database to facilitate biometric and unique identification of all workers on the payroll.
“By this notice, all existing and prospective government workers are to ensure they are registered with the National Identification Authority and obtain their identity numbers,” the Accountant said in the Tuesday release.
It further added that all public sector workers on the government payroll effective December 1, this year who have not registered with the National Identification Authority (NIA) will not be paid their monthly salary.
The Ghana Card is a valid verification document issued by the NIA to Ghanaians and permanently resident foreign nationals living everywhere for the purpose of identification. It is the property of the Government of Ghana.
It contains basic identification information including a photograph of the cardholder, name, date of birth, height, a personal identification number that has been randomly generated and assigned to the holder and has an expiry date.
The Ghana card Personal Identification Number also replaced the Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) of individuals issued by the Ghana Revenue Authority for tax identification purposes.
According to the National Identification Authority (NIA), over 15 million Ghanaians representing 84.3% of the population aged 15 years and above have registered for the Ghana Card introduced by the Akufo-Addo government.