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The initiative, according to the Controller and Accountant General, is to help reduce the ghost names on the government payroll.
The Controller, after issuing out a directive for the National Identification Authority (NIA) to organise a special registration exercise for public sector workers who do not have the document, said it is a crucial decision which could affect the livelihoods of many.
The discussion came up at a meeting between the CAGD and the NIA on October 11, 2023, where timelines for the proposed registration exercise were discussed.
However, it appears that there was a miscommunication, as CAGD later wrote to NIA seeking consent and agreement on the proposed timelines.
In response, the NIA stated that they had previously communicated their inability to conduct a special registration exercise.
Instead, they had opened offices nationwide for general registration on September 4, including a focus on targeted public sector employees on the government payroll.
The CAGD, has on this note, issued a critical advisory to its staff and members to utilise any of the 292 NIA offices nationwide to register for the card.
The Controller, emphasising priority for government employees, has taken a firm stance on the compliance.