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Ghana: Roll out of national ID cards, payment of public sector workers, grabs headlines

The announcement of government’s intention to roll out national identification (ID) cards and payment of more public sector workers under the biometric registration system on Tuesday grab the headlines in Accra.

The Ghanaian Times reports that Vice President Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia has announced that government will start issuing national ID cards to Ghanaians resident in the country from August this year.

This, he explained, would be preceded by a comprehensive address system in July, to ensure that Ghanaians had proper address systems.

Speaking at a National Policy Summit in Accra on Monday, said in addition to that, government was assisting the banking and telecommunications sector to develop an inter-operability system to facilitate digital payments.

The Daily Graphic says the Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) has released the salaries of 9,234 public sector workers whose salaries were blocked in April.

They were among 26,589 public sector workers whose salaries were withheld for failing to comply with a government directive to register for biometric social security.

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