The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) following the December 1, 2021 deadline for government workers to register for Ghana Card or forfeit salaries has urged members of various Teacher Unions to register for the Card.
The Teacher Union directive comes after they Tuesday meet with the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations to discuss the ‘no Ghana Card, no Salary’ order issued by the Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CADG).
The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) at the meeting suggested for the Controller and Accountant General’s Department to port the names of public sector workers in their existing databases onto the NIA platform.
In order for the government to facilitate the process of registration of public sector employees, the Unions also recommended for the Controller and Accountant to set up designated points for registration of the Card.
The Accountant Controller has encouraged all public sector workers in the country to register for a national identification card by the end of November 2021 or else their salaries from December 1, 2021, will not be paid to them.
The directive the Controller said 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.
“All existing and prospective government workers are to ensure they are registered with the National Identification Authority (NIA) and obtain their identity numbers before December 1, 2021” the Accountant stated last week.
But, the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) reacting to the Controller’s decision said the directive is not only unfortunate and preposterous but a government tactic to intimidate public sector teachers in the country.