The Public Relations Officer of the Registrar-General’s Department, Nicholas Ofori Obeng Twum has indicated that leaders of the Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG) have not been engaged to determine the way forward on the strike.
Members of the CLOGSAG laid down their tools on Thursday, April 21, 2022, following the inability of government to pay the neutrality allowance as agreed in January this year.
The neutrality allowance is to ensure that civil and local government workers do not engage in partisanship while conducting their affairs when they are in their various offices.
Speaking in an interview on Midday News on Thursday, Mr. Obeng Twum said CLOGSAG is “still in waiting as and when the strike will be called off.”
“As it stands now I can’t tell. We are just obeying directives from our leaders and as it stands now no communication has been done as of now,” he said.
He reiterated that as a result of the strike, all manual operations and certificates at the Registrar-General’s Department have been halted, adding that clients are not allowed into the premises.
“We do a lot of stuff and all these things have been halted like marriage registration, intellectual property registration,” he added.
He, however, stated that to mitigate the severity of the situation, “we are urging our clients could use the online portals for their registration and business renewals.”
He added that “sole proprietorship businesses can still dial *222# to renew their businesses.”
Meanwhile, scores of Ghanaians continue to suffer the continuous closure of government offices, two weeks into CLOGSAG’s strike.
A quick tour by JoyNews to some government offices around the Ministries enclave shows that offices remain deserted.
These offices provided essential services to the government and to the general populace.
But these services have been truncated. At the Registrar-General’s Department, the story is no different. Those seeking to register their businesses or renew their permit were turned away.