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Threats to deny government workers salaries over Ghana Card ‘absolutely wrong’ – NAGRAT

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Labour unions in the country are simply not enthused at the directive by the Controller and Accountant General’s Department to stop the salary payment of government workers if they do not possess a Ghana card.

One of such groups is the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) whose President, Angel Carbonu, has said, it is absolutely wrong for the Accountant General to issue such a threat.

Angel Carbonu said not only is the directive harsh, but one that is also meant to deprive government workers their due for work done.

Speaking on Eyewitness News, Mr. Carbonu said the directive is utterly in bad taste and must be reversed.

“We have received a letter to that effect and I must say that it is displeasing, to say the least. In fact, we have what we call the workman and compensation principle. The principle states that once it is proven that the workman has done his job, it is the duty of the beneficiary of that job to compensate the workman. This penchant of threatening not to pay a worker regardless of whether the worker has done his duty to push through a policy is absolutely wrong, and it ought to stop.”

Government workers risk losing their December 2021 salaries if they have no Ghana card. They have thus been given about a month and a half to register for the Ghana Card or be denied their salaries.

The move is 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.

He added that NAGRAT will soon engage the appropriate authorities to ensure that members are not disadvantaged as a result of the order.

“If you want all Ghanaians to register for the Ghana card, why do you threaten me not to pay my salary when it can be proven that I have done the work that I’m supposed to do. So they want to disregard the work that someone has done over the Ghana card. What they are doing is to compel me through threats to register for the Ghana Card.”

“We will write to them and tell them to stop threatening us with non-payment of salaries that we are due. I am not against the acquisition of the Ghana card but the way they are going about it is absolutely wrong, so they should stop those things”, Mr. Carbonu stressed.

Meanwhile, the National Identification Authority (NIA) has justified the directive saying, it is a step in the right direction.

Abudu Abdul Ganiyu, Head of Corporate Affairs at NIA who also spoke on Eyewitness News said:

“These are conversations that have been ongoing with all other institutions whose services will border on Ghana card going forward. If you look at the L. I 211 of the National identification Act 2012, it provides 14 mandatory uses of the Ghana card so the controller and accountant general’s department come under the public or government services. So as long as they must prove the identity of the individual, it is the Ghana card that will be demanded. So yes, we are at that point where Controller feels that it is time that we roll out this particular aspect,” he explained.

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Massive love for Dr. Bawumia as thousands throng Walewale for mum’s funeral

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There was an outpour of love by Ghanaians from all walks of life as they trooped to the North-East town of Walewale to mourn with Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and his family.

Hajia Mariama Bawumia, Dr. Bawumia’s mother, passed away last month, precisely on Monday, September 13, and her final Islamic funeral was held in Walewale on Sunday.

Thousands of mourners stormed the town last month for her burial, but the spectacle on Sunday during her funeral was extraordinary and amazing.

It was a gathering of who is who among the political, traditional, business and religious class.

These high-profile personalities, together with thousands of well wishers from all over the country, turned up to show their love and respect to the Vice President.

The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and First Lady Rebecca were present while the Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Opare, led a powerful government delegation of a number of ministers and government appointees.

A number of members of Parliament (MPs), both from the Majority and Minority side, were present and so were heads of security agencies, political party leaders, CEOs, and several NPP activists and groups, which showed open love to the Vice President.

On the traditional front, the Nayiri, who is the Overlord of Mamprugu and the Chief mourner, was present and so were several paramount chiefs from various traditional authorities across the country.

The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, was represented by a powerful delegation led by Nana Nkasah Boadu, Agric Nzemahene of Asanteman, who displayed rich Asante culture in his palanquin.

The religious front was also heavily represented with leading clergy of pastors and Imams from all over the country.

Members of the Diplomatic Corp were not left out, and ambassadors who showed up included the United States Ambassador H.E. Stephanie S. Sullivan.

The Islamic funeral was officiated by the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, and supported by several local and visiting scholars.

Tributes were read in honour of Hajia Mariama Bawumla, including glowing ones by the Nayiri and the Asantehene.

A touching tribute by the five sons of Hajia Mariama was read by the youngest, Yakubu Bawumia.

He was flanked by his brothers including the Vice President.

It is estimated that over 40,000 people from across the country thronged Walewale to mourn with Dr. Bawumia in Walewale between Friday and Sunday, leading to hotels in Tamale, Walewale and Bolga being booked fully.

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Your embassy should have done background checks – Sam George jabs Dutch ambassador over visa denial

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Sam Nartey George, the Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram has accused the Dutch Embassy of not exercising due diligence in their denial of the visa application by colleague MP for Tamale North, Alhassan Suhuyini.

Sam George in a social media post criticized the embassy for not conducting sufficient background checks on Suhuyini before refusing his visa.

He described as ‘flimsy’ the reason given by the embassy for the denial, urging the ambassador to ‘respect’ the diplomatic protocols.

“If the Embassy had also just checked the background of the applicant, the flimsy excuse of lack of social ties would not have been given as a reason to deny the visa. Respect MUST be mutual and reciprocal. The choice of route is yours Sir. Choose wisely. Cheers.”

Sam Nartey George was responding to a tweet by the Netherland Ambassador to Ghana, Jeroen Verheul, who had explained earlier that persons who are refused visas should make known their concerns to the embassy instead of using media platforms to call out the embassy.

Jeroen Verheul in a reaction to a GhanaWeb story identified a gap in communication and encouraged the Ghanaian lawmaker to respect the relations between the two nations.

“If the visa applicant only spoke to us directly, instead of through the media, we could avoid a lot of misunderstandings and miscommunication in the (social) media. That’s why it is important to have diplomatic relations and bilateral embassies,” he posted.

Suhuyini said, he was denied an entry visa into the Netherlands with the explanation that he would not return to Ghana although he submitted all relevant documents.

“For the Netherlands to ignore my status as a member of Parliament with the responsibility to an entire constituency, which was known to them, my valid travel visas to the UK and USA and my numerous previous travel records, which indicate I have never overstayed any visit abroad, my beautiful family, and deny me an entry visa on the basis that, there was insufficient evidence that I have significant social or economic ties to my country to prompt my return after my intended visit, could only have been deliberately taken to provoke me and also undermine Ghanaian state officials and diplomats.”

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Toyota Ghana launches new ‘Genuine Motor Oil’

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Toyota Ghana Company Limited has officially introduced its latest engine oil onto the Ghanaian market.

The Toyota Genuine Motor Oil (TGMO) is an engine lubricant that has been designed specifically for Toyota vehicles.

It provides a strong, thin film of protection which allows the engine parts to work together to deliver maximum power and give more miles per litre.

Unlike other brands, the TGMO lubricants have been tested and developed extensively by the company to ensure they are the best possible match for their vehicles’ needs.

Speaking during the launch of the product, Head of Sales of Toyota Ghana Limited, Andrew Lamptey, noted that though the company has various products on the market, the Genuine Motor Oil is an engine oil designed to meet the challenges presented by both the very latest, as well as more traditional, engine technologies.

“TGMO is specially formulated with optimum cleaning and protection capabilities for your Toyota vehicle. It also provides complete engine protection against friction and heat for better performance and maximum engine life in diverse driving conditions.”

The event was under the theme, “The choosing the right oil for your vehicle”.

Seidu Iddrisu, the Manager in charge of aftersales operations of Toyota Ghana, explained to Citi Business News what customers should look out for when deciding on the right oil for their vehicle’s engines.

“We have three variants of the oil; OW-20, 15W-40 and 5W-30. Each variant has specific vehicles and models that they are used for. There will some that is going to be used for diesel and petrol together. There is one that is used only for petrol, and there is one used for modern vehicles. So always make sure to give all details about your vehicle to our service providers, so they can choose the oil that will be fit for your vehicle.”

In order to strengthen the partnership between the company and its clients, a 20% discount has been provided for bulk purchasers. Mr. Iddrisu gives more details about this.

“We want to be able to reach everyone within Ghana, but our outlets are not enough. This means that we have to partner with people all across Ghana, and those people also have to make profit. So we’ve introduced this huge 20% discount for people who’ll come and pick from us in bulk, so they can sell and make more profit.

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