Government workers without ‘Ghana Cards’ to be denied salaries

Government workers have been given a deadline to get a Ghana Card or be denied their salaries by the Controller & Accountant General.

Government workers have a month-and-a-half deadline to register for the Ghana Card. Or be denied their salaries, according to the Controller and Accountant General.

“Effective December 1, workers on the government of Ghana Payroll who have not registered with the NIA will not be paid,” a statement from the Controller and Accountant General’s Department warned.

The Controller & Accountant General’s Department said it is collaborating with the National Identification Authority to have a harmonised database “to facilitate biometric and unique identification of all workers on the government payroll.”

It explained that this directive was “part of Government of Ghana’s efforts to deliver a speedy, secured and verified payroll service to government employees and pensioners while reducing the risk of undeserving payment or claims.”

“By this notice, all existing and prospective Government workers are to ensure they are registered with the NIA and obtain their identity numbers,” the statement added.

The Ghana Card is slowly becoming a must-have under the Akufo-Addo administration, which has championed a digitisation agenda.

It is currently required for the registration of SIM cards by mobile phone users.

The National Health Insurance Authority intends to collaborate with the NIA to make it possible for residents in Ghana to use the Ghana Card for healthcare access.

In addition, the Ghana card Personal Identification Number also replaced the Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) of individuals issued by the GRA for tax identification purposes.

This change was in line with the government’s policy on using a unique identifier for all transactions where the identification of an individual is required.

However, according to the National Identification Authority (NIA), over 15 million Ghanaians have been registered for their Ghana Card. Which represents 84.3% of the population aged 15 and above.

Read the full statement below:

Government workers have been given a deadline to get a Ghana Card or be denied their salaries by the Controller & Accountant General.

 

 

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