The Auditor-General, Mr. Daniel Yao Domelevo, has been directed by the president, Nana Akufo-Addo, to go on a compulsory leave.
Mr. Daniel Yao Domelevo has accumulated a total of 123 working days leave.
A statement signed by Director of Communications at the Office of the President Eugene Arhin, on Monday said, the Auditor-General must start his leave from Wednesday, July 1, 2020.
The Auditor-General was asked to hand over “all matters relating to his office” to his deputy, Mr. Johnson Akuamoah Asiedu, who will act as Auditor-General, “until his return from his well-deserved leave”.
“The President’s decision to direct Mr. Domelevo to take his accumulated annual leave is based on sections 20(1) and 31 of the Labour Act, 2003 (Act 651), which apply to all workers, including public office holders such as the Auditor-General,” the statement said.
The statement pointed out that such leave, according to the Act, “cannot be relinquished or forgone by the worker or the employer”.
“Since his appointment as Auditor-General on 30th December 2016, Mr. Domelevo has taken only nine (9) working days of his accumulated annual leave of one hundred and thirty-two (132) working days.”
The statement from the presidency recounted, “It would be recalled that, on 9th April, 2009, the 3rd President of the 4th Republic, His Excellency the late Prof. John Evans Atta Mills, directed the then Auditor-General, Mr. Edward Dua Agyeman, to take his accumulated annual leave of approximately two hundred and sixty-four (264) working days.
“President Akufo-Addo paid attention to this precedent in directing the Auditor-General to take his accumulated annual leave of one hundred and twenty-three (123) working days.”