The Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) shall with immediate effect, blacklist and subsequently publish the names of any financial institution, or its agent, found engaging in the issuance of unsolicited messages to employees on the government of Ghana Payroll.
Kwasi Kwaning-Bosompem, Acting Controller and Accountant General, said: “For some time now, there has been complaints from employees on GOG Payroll, civil society organizations and the Data Protection Commission on the issuance of unsolicited messages from financial institutions and their agents soliciting, and encouraging recipients to obtain loans, and other financial facilities from them”.
In spite of numerous meetings with, and warnings from the Department to the Third-Party institutions, the practice rather keeps occurring on a larger scale daily, a release signed by the Ag. Controller and Accountant General stated.
“The Department reminds and wants it to be known to all third-party institutions that it is illegal, and an affront to the Data Protection Act, for any entity, or persons to send unsolicited messages to people who ordinarily have no business transaction with the institution or person”.
Financial institutions and their agents, or assigns are advised to desist henceforth, from engaging in the issuance of unsolicited messages to civil and public servants on GOG payroll.
Mr. Kwaning-Bosompem went on to say that “while steps are being taken to protect its data sources, CAGD categorically is in no way responsible for the issuance of such unsolicited messages to workers of the state, and will severely deal with any person caught in this practice.
He stated that: “any Public or Civil Servant desirous of obtaining loans, or financial facility must deal directly with the Third-Party Institution of their choice.