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04.03.2009 General News

Civil Servants On Rampage Over Salary Arrears

By (ISD) Tony Goodman

Members of the Civil Servants Association of Ghana last Monday expressed displeasure at the Controller and the Accountant Generals Department (CAGD) for not complying with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between their outfit and then government of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

The President of the Association, Nii Akwei Allotey disclosed that the MOU was suppose to be effective from January to December last year. However, the CAGD paid an arrears from January to May, 2008, 'the remaining arrears which was suppose to be paid from June to December has since not been paid hence this agitation', he added.

He pledged his commitment in fighting for the payment of the arrears by the end of this month. He said he is aware of the fact that all staff members of the CAGD are civil servants and will have speed up process of payment of salaries for the well being of its members.

Nii Allotey observed that the executives of the Association will do all they can to make sure that the arrears are being paid before the end of this month, adding that he is aware of the technical problems confronting the office of the Controller and the Accountant Generals Department that is making the payment difficult.

The President noted that he has gone round the country explaining the difficulties associated with the payment of the arrears to its members in and around the regions in order to help civil servants continue with their normal duties.

He said delays were as a result of the Integrated Personnel Payroll Database (IPPD) software which was unable to recognise the data of the affected people due to an upward adjustment in all civil servants grade in mid last year which has not been loaded from an old IPPD into a new version.

However, he pleaded with all members to be calm because the executives are doing all they can to make sure that the arrears among others are captured in this year's budget.

The arrears came as a result of failure to implement the Single Spin Salary Structure which was suppose to address all problems confronting salaries of civil servants by the then government.

All effort made to speak to CAGD staff prove futile.