The Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) has rescinded its decision not to pay public sector workers if they do not have a Ghana card.
The controversial directive, which was to take effect from December 1, has been suspended till further notice.
In a report by Daily Graphic, the decision to suspend the directive was taken by the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, Ministry of Finance and CAGD and the leadership of organized labour representing public sector workers held a meeting on CAGD payroll.
In a communiqué issued after a joint meeting on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, the two Ministries have asked the CAGD to “port the names of public sector workers in their existing databases onto the NIA platform and thereafter inform the various institutions of any unregistered staff that may exist.”
There have been agitations by a section of government workers and unions since the Department issued the directive on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, with some asking the Controller and Accountant-General to reconsider the directive and withdraw it completely or have the deadline extended.
Therefore, this move by CADG is nothing but good news to all public sector workers especially teachers’ who agitated heavily for the cancellation at of the Ghana Card directive.
But the Head of Public Relations at CADG insisted that the directive won’t change as it was the best way to address challenges in the government’s payroll system.