Daniel Yao Domelevo, the immediate-past Auditor General at the Audit Service of Ghana has been detailing how then President-elect Akufo-Addo encouraged him to accept former President John Mahama’s appointment in 2016.
“Our relationship has been cordial since then and I am grateful to him for his support,” the anti-corruption crusader had told Accra-based Joy News after a thanksgiving service to climax his retirement at the Christ The King Church in Accra on Wednesday, March 9.
He was quoted by myjoyonline as saying: “As the bishop has said, we are here to thank God and we are here to do that irrespective of what has happened…I would like to thank former President John Mahama who appointed me as the Auditor-General of Ghana. I thank him for the opportunity to serve my motherland.
“I would also like to thank President Nana Akufo-Addo for working with me. In fact, in 2016, when I was appointed and I was confused, as to whether to accept or reject the offer, a call came through from Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh.
“After greeting him, he said ‘hold on for the President-elect.’ So Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo encouraged me and said ‘go and take the job’ and that is why I am very grateful to him,” he told the gathering including some CSOs calling for his reinstatement by the President.
On March 2, a day before Mr. Domelevo was scheduled to return from his controversial forced leave, the Audit Service Board questioned his nationality and age.
The Board claimed Mr. Domelevo should have retired in 2020 and is Togolese.
The Audit Service Board, based its claims on records at the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) provided by the Auditor General.
His date of birth is said to be June 1, 1960, and not June 1, 1961.
Mr. Domelevo however refuted these claims in further correspondence.
The Presidency endorsed the retirement claims of the Audit Service Board and said it considered Mr. Domelevo retired.
“The President is of the view that you [Domelevo] have formally left office,” the letter from the presidency said in response to the date of birth concerns.
In a letter, the Presidency thanked him for his service and indicated that a substantive replacement for him will soon be announced.
Source: Daily Mail GH and NEWS AGENCIES