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Good News For Government Workers;‘No Ghana Card, No Salary’ Directive Suspended

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EC To Accept Only Ghana Card As Proof Of Citizenship In Next Voter Registration

The Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) has rescinded its decision not to pay public sector workers if they do not have a Ghana card.

Government workers risked forfeiting their December 2021 salaries per an initial directive from the CAGD.

The move was said to be part of the government of Ghana’s efforts to deliver a speedy, secured, and verified payroll service to government employees and pensioners while reducing the risk of undeserving payments or claims.

But the government through consultations with the Ministries of Employment and Labour Relations,  Finance, and the Account General have backtracked over concerns raised by labour unions.

In a communiqué issued after a joint meeting on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, the two Ministries have asked the CAGD to “port the names of public sector workers in their existing databases onto the NIA platform and thereafter inform the various institutions of any unregistered staff that may exist.”

With this latest intervention, the December ultimatum given to workers on the government payroll to acquire Ghana cards before receiving their pay is no longer going to take effect.

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However, state institutions have been advised to encourage their staff members to register with the National Identification Authority (NIA) to secure the Ghana card as soon as possible.

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.

According to organized labour, the NIA should bear the responsibility of capturing government workers on its database and not compel them to secure the cards.

They insisted that the decision is a lazy approach towards addressing lapses in the government’s payroll system.

The National Identification Authority however justified the directive, saying, it is a step in the right direction.

Earlier, the CAGD said it will not withdraw its directive.

 

 

 

 

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GHS Declares December As Month Of Vaccination

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The Ghana Health Service has declared December as the ‘month of vaccination.

This was announced by the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, at a press briefing on Sunday, November 28, 2021.

Speaking at the presser, Dr Kuma-Aboagye disclosed that the country is expected to receive over 7 million Covid-19 vaccines before the year ends.

“With the increasing and availability of vaccines in reasonable quantities in the pipeline, we are declaring December the month of vaccination,” he said.

He stated that due to an anticipated surge in active cases after the Christmas festivities, the Service has enhanced its measures aimed at putting the situation under control.

“Currently, what we are doing is that we’re taking the vaccines to the people. We’re going to schools, workplaces, churches, churches, and mosques, lorry parks, market places, sports stadiums, house to house to vaccinate people and ensure that more people are vaccinated,” he said.

“We’re going to increase surveillance, contact tracing will be enhanced, religious institutions will be engaged to ensure that the protocols are observed at all functions, and we’re going to work with the security institutions to ensure that the protocols are observed,” he added.

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Touching on the numbers that have so far been vaccinated, he indicated that 21% of the expected population (i.e government’s target of vaccinating 20 million people before the end of 2021) have received at least a dose of the vaccines, adding that 7% of the expected population have been fully vaccinated.

He further noted that though the country has seen a significant reduction in the cases, there is still the need to strictly adhere to the safety protocols.

According to him, a total of 1,980,369 tests have been conducted so far. Out of this figure, “131,082 cases have been confirmed, the number of active cases stands at 713, deaths recorded stands at 1,220, there are still 22 severe cases, and 0 critical conditions.

 

 

 

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Seven Interesting Facts You Should Know About NSMQ Finalist, Francesca Lamini

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Seven Interesting Facts You Should Know About NSMQ Finalist, Francesca Lamini

The almighty KETASCO has proven herself worthy by striving to battle with the giants, PRESEC and PREMPEH in the grande final of the most anticipated NSMQ.

Not only are they being applauded by their outstanding performance, their also being praised for producing the only female contestant to appear on the quiz’s finals in 8 years

In view of this, GhArticles.com presents to you 7 interesting facts about Francisca Lamini who became a household name after her participation in the National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ) 2021. Owing to her exceptional performance alongside, Bright Senyo Gadzo and James Lutterodt, they were able to send their school, KETASCO to the finals.

Below are 7 interesting facts about Francisca Lamini:

  1. Francisca Lamini is the first female contestant to make it into the NSMQ finals in the last 8 years: It is hard for females to make it to the finals, but she was able to support her team till they reached the finale of the competition.
  2. Lamini was declared the most outstanding Female contestant: Owing to her brilliant performance, she was declared the most outstanding female contestant of the NMSQ 2021.
  3. She is the member of Church of Pentecost: Not only is she serious with her books. She is also committed to her relationship with God. She is the PENSA president at her school, KETASCO.
  4. She is the first female to send Volta Region to NSMQ finals: In the history of the NSMQ, no school from Volta Region has ever made it to the finals, Together with her team, Francisca Lamini and her friends were able to achieve this.
  5. Francisca Lamini was always on top of her class from Primary to JHS: She started setting the records of excellence from childhood. She is said to have been a top performer from her primary school days to JHS. She continued in the same light to SHS.
  6. She’s the first KETASCO female student to reach NSMQ finals.
  7. She confirmed scoring 8A’s when she sat for the Nov/Dec WASSCE while in second.
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Congratulations to a queen, we say ayekooo!!!!

 

 

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Police Arrest Police Officer Over Sexually Harassing A Woman In Viral Video

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Police Arrest Police Officer Over Sexually Harassing A Woman In Viral Video

A police officer with the Operations Unit of the Bono Regional Police Command, seen in a viral video sexually harassing a woman, has been arrested to aid investigations.

General Lance Corporal Victor Antwi Yeboah is seen in the video touching the thighs of the female victim, who was screaming in the background asking what the officer was doing.

A statement released by the police said he was arrested “for violating the dignity of the victim and is currently assisting the investigations.

“Preliminary investigation indicates that the male person involved in that shameful and despicable act is a Police officer stationed at the Regional Operations Unit, Bono Regional Police Command.”

The Inspector-General of Police, Dr George Akuffo Dampare, has reportedly reached out to the victim and “assured her of thorough police investigations.”

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She has also been assured of other necessary support including psychological care and trauma therapy.

“The Police Administration further assures the victim and the public that full investigations will be conducted into the matter and the public will be updated in due course.

“We unreservedly apologise to the affected woman in particular for what she experienced and to the public at large since the matter affects the very moral foundation of our country,” it said.

Below is the full statement:

Police Arrest Police Officer Over Sexually Harassing A Woman In Viral Video

 

 

 

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