The former Auditor-General, Daniel Yao Domelevo has described as preposterous, a directive from the Audit Service Board asking him to “prepare a comprehensive handing over of the Audit Service to Johnson Akuamoah Asiedu.”
This, was due to the fact that he (Domelevo) has been out of office for more than eight months.
In a letter dated March 17, 2021, addressed to Chairman of the Audit Service Board, Prof. Edward Dua Agyeman, Mr Domelevo explained that he also handed over before going on his ‘forced leave’ in 2020.
“Paragraph 2 of the letter from the Office of the President dated June, 29, 2020 requested that I “hand over all matters relating to the Office of the Auditor-General to Mr. Johnson Akuamoah Asiedu” who has been in charge since 1st July 2020″, part of the letter explained.
According to Domelevo, although the directive to go on leave was contrary to Section 27 of the Labour Act which states that a worker must be given 30 days prior notice, he prepared the handing over notes and subsequently handed over to the Acting Auditor-General on June 30, 2020; a day after he was told to commence his leave.
The clarification from Mr. Domelevo follows a letter signed by the Chairman of the Board instructing him to complete the handing over exercise within two weeks.
The letter which had been copied to the Vice President, the Chief of Staff and the Secretary to the President stated that all the administrative duties were going to be handled by the Acting Auditor-General who had been asked to remain at post until a substantive appointment is made.
But Mr. Domelevo maintains that he can only hand over if the Acting Auditor-General hands over back to him.
“When I resumed work on 3rd of March, 2021, Mr. Johnson Akuamoah Asiedu did not hand over to me with the excuse that the handing-over note was not ready; and after 9 pm of the 3rd of March, 2021 (the same day I resumed work), I received a letter from the secretary to the President requesting that I proceed on retirement,” he added.
It will be recalled that on March 3, 2021, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo directed the Auditor-General, Daniel Domelevo to proceed on retirement less than 12 hours after resuming work.
The directive, according to a statement signed by the Secretary to the President, Nana Asante Bediatuo, stems from an indication by the Audit Service Board that Mr Domelevo had exceeded the eligible age if 60 years to remain in office.
“The attention of the President of the Republic has been drawn to records and documents made available to this Office by the Audit Service, that indicate that your date of birth is 1st June, 1960, and that in accordance with article 199(1) of the Constitution, your date of retirement as Auditor-General was 1st June, 2020.”
“based on this information, the President is of the view that you have formally left office.” the statement explained.
Essentially meaning that, Johnson Akuamoa-Asiedu will continue to act in his (Mr Domelevo’s) stead until a substantive appointment is made.
“The President thanks you for your service to the nation and wishes you the very best in your future endeavours,” the statement concluded.