The General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia has said that his party will recall the entangled Auditor-General to office immediately when the NDC takes office in January 2021.
It will be recalled that President Akufo-Addo, directed Mr. Yaw Domelevo, the Auditor-General, to take his accumulated leave effective from Wednesday, 1st July 2020.
In a dramatic fashion, the leave of 123 days was extended to 167 days when the Auditor-General protested what he described as an illegal action by the President.
Speaking to thousands of party supporters in Adeambra, a community near Donkokrom in the Afram Plains North constituency, the NDC scribe chastised President Akufo-Addo for failing to fight naked corruption in his government and ironically hounding almost all anti-graft campaigners like Domelevo out of office.
He assured the charged crowd in Adeambra where Mr. Yaw Domelevo is said to hail from, that their "son" will return to office when the NDC is voted for on December 7, 2020.
The Audit Service Board has forwarded to the Audit Committee of the Audit Service an audit report that details the alleged lapses in foreign travels by the Auditor General, Mr. Daniel Yaw Domelevo, and his six deputies, which was sponsored by the service.
Sources have revealed to the Daily Graphic that the board, at an emergency meeting last Monday, decided to refer the report to the Audit Committee for action, in line with the Public Financial Management Act, 2016 (Act 921).
Per Section 88 (1) (a) of Act 921, the Audit Committee has the mandate to ensure that the head of the entity, in this case, the Auditor General, “pursues the implementation of any recommendation contained” in an audit report.
Section 88 (2) of Act 921 further gives the Audit Committee the mandate to issue a statement indicating the “remedial action taken or proposed to be taken to avoid or minimize the recurrence of an undesirable feature in the accounts and operations of a covered entity”.
The audit report, dated October 30, this year, revealed that the Auditor General and his deputies spent GH¢3.3 million on 117 foreign travels from January 1, 2017 to June 30, this year, during which they spent 1,291 days out of the country.