No Ghana Card, no salary. The Controller and Accountant General’s Department(CAGD) of Ghana has directed all public sector workers to register with National Identification Authority (NIA) and obtain their identity numbers(Ghana Card) by December 1, 2021, or there would be no salary for them.
This means public sector workers without Ghana Card by December 1, 2021 would have their names deleted from the government’s payroll. Those with the Ghana Card would be asked to update their E-payslips with their identification numbers.
CAGD says, the move is to ensure speedy, secured delivery and verified payroll services to government employees and pensioners and also reduce the risk of undeserving payments or claims.
In a communique to the public on October 12, 2021, the Controller And Accountant General’s Department(CAGD) stated that:
“As part of Government of Ghana’s effort to deliver speedy, secured and verified payroll services to government employees and pensioners while reducing the risk of undeserving payments or claims, the Controller And Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) is collaborating with the National Identification Authority (NIA), to have have harmonized database to facilitate biometric and unique identification of all workers on the government payroll. By this notice, all existing and prospective Government workers are to ensure they are registered with the NIA and have obtained their Identity numbers. Please note that effective December 1, 2021, workers on the Government of Ghana payroll who have not registered with the NIA will not be paid.”
The Government of Ghana has directed all Ghanaians to re-register their sim cards using Ghana Card. All sim cards that would not be registered by March 2021, would be blocked.