The decision according to Graphiconline arrived after the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, Ministry of Finance and CAGD and the leadership of organised labour representing public sector workers held a meeting on CAGD payroll.
However, the Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) has been tasked to port the names of public sector workers in their existing database onto the National Identification Authority (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.
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.
He 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.
However, the department has withdrawn this directive on Tuesday 19 October 2021.