The Controller and Accountant-General’s Department (CAGD) after Teacher Unions called for the retreat of a ‘no Ghana Card, no salary’ order that seeks to forfeit them their salaries from Dec 1, 2021, has said the directive won’t be reversed.
A Teacher Union following a statement from the Controller that public workers who do not register for Ghana Card from Dec 1, 2021, will not be paid said the Accountant’s decision is a strategic plan to deny teachers what is due them.
The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), in its statement copied to EducationWeb.com.gh, said should the A.g Controller not withdrawn the directive ti described as a threat, it shall meet him with an appropriate response.
“Should the A.g Controller and Accountant General ignore our (Ghana National Association of Teachers) concerns and proceed with his threat, we shall meet him with an appropriate response,” the Teacher Union advised in a statement.
President of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Mr Angel Carbonu speaking in an interview also said the directive has to be rescinded citing that the December 1 deadline for workers to register for the Card is short.
But, the spokesman for the CADG, Mr Cephas Narh Dosso speaking to the Ghana News Agency said his outfit’s directive will not be rescinded, saying it was the best way to address challenges in the government’s payroll system.
The Controller spokesperson explained that Section 8(4) of the Public Financial Management Act, 2016 (Act 921), mandated the CAGD to, among other functions, receive, disburse and provide secured custody for public funds.
Mr Cephas Narh Dosso said as a public department that deals with about 500,000 government workers, it was necessary that it put in place adequate measures to ensure the integrity of the payroll at all times.
“We have a payroll that takes care of about 500,000 employees nationwide. As a department, over the years, the CAGD has been instituting measures that will ensure that the integrity of the payroll is maintained at all times,” he added.
The Public Relations Officer indicated that move formed part of the government’s efforts to deliver a speedy, secured, and verified payroll service to employees and pensioners while reducing the risk of undeserving payments or claims.