Workers Advised To Give Banks One Week Grace For Payment of Salaries

The Controller and Accountant General Department (CAGD) has advised all workers on the Departmentís payroll to give their various banks one week grace after its stipulated pay days to enable the banks to credit their accounts. Mrs. Boya Abdulai, the Upper West Regional Director of the Department gave the advice in an interview with the GNA in Wa on Tuesday, after some workers, mostly teachers beseeched the Regional office of the Department with various complaints regarding their March salaries. She stated that it was not appropriate for workers to rush to their banks expecting to pick their salaries on dates announced by the CAGD for the payment of salaries of workers. Mrs. Abdulai noted that a lot of things were involved in the processing of salaries, adding that the CAGD, the Bank of Ghana (BoG) and the various banks all had different roles to play before salaries finally hit the accounts of workers. She said sometimes a bank may delay in crediting an individualís account with his or her salary based on various reasons, including loans, among others, to protect the bankís interest. On reasons why some workers get their salaries before others, the Regional Director explained that, the Controllerís pay system does not discriminate against any Department but noted however that a bank may decide to start with a particular Organisation or Department based on reasons best known to that particular bank. Mrs. Abdulai said obviously the banks cannot pay all workers taking their salaries through them in a single day and so the need to start somewhere. She said in such situations, workers turned to blame CAGD for not paying them on time, adding that, that perception should be discarded because that was not the case. She appealed to Heads of Departments, who were recently sensitized on the operations of the payroll to endeavour to carry the message across to their employees in order to reduce the level of ignorance associated with issues of their salaries.