President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has directed the Auditor-General, Mr. Daniel Yaw Domelevo, to proceed on leave with effect from Wednesday, July 1, 2020.
Mr Domelevo has been further directed to “hand over all matters relating to his office” to Mr. Johnson Akuamoah Asiedu, the Deputy Auditor-General, to act as Auditor-General, until his return from leave.
A statement issued by the Jubilee House on Monday said the President’s decision for Mr Domelovo to take his accumulated annual leave of 123 working days was based on sections 20(1) and 31 of the Labour Act, 2003 (Act 651), which enjoins all workers, including public office holders such as the Auditor-General to go on mandatory paid leave every calendar year.
The statement said Mr Domelevo since his appointment to the position in December 2016, had taken only nine working days of his accumulated annual leave of 132 working days.
It said President Akufo-Addo in taking that decision, also paid attention to the precedent set by former President John Evan’s Attah Mills, who directed, on April 9, 2009, the then Auditor-General, Mr. Edward Dua Agyeman, to take his accumulated annual leave of 264 working days.