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Prez Instructs Secretary to probe petition by Auditor General

Written by  Sep 12, 2018
President Nana Akufo-Addo has instructed his Secretary, Mr Asante Bediatuo to look into a petition by Auditor-General, Daniel Yao Domelevo, accusing his Board Chair, Prof. Edward Dua -Agyeman of interference. The Executive Secretary was also instructed by the president to report the outcome of discussions between the two public officials. The Auditor General has filed a petition before the president appealing to him to intervene over what he described as an inference by the board chair. Auditor General in a ten-point to the president raised issues on procurement manipulations, interference of audit processes, and unlawful circulation of audit findings among other things as the basis for his request for a presidential intervention. He said, “My investigation revealed that the Audit Service Board Chairman instructed Mr. Johnson Akuamoah Asiedu, a Deputy Auditor General (DAG) and Mr. Ebenezer Aglomasa, a procurement Officer to replace the approved firms with others of his choice.’’ According to him, these breaches were done without his knowledge and the knowledge of the Public Procurement Authority. He said, “the Chairman admitted to the offence with the excuse that the law did not exist during his tenure of office as Auditor General.” The board chair he complained initiated an audit without his knowledge. “I again questioned the Chairman as to his mandate to audit the Public Service and the reasons for calling the DAG to that meeting without my knowledge. His response was that he thought the audit in question was below my level as the Auditor-General.” In addition to this, when Mr. Domelovo was away in Kigali, Rwanda in May, he received reports from the acting Auditor General that instruction had been given by the Chairman to invite the team conducting a special audit of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA). He noted in the petition that “the Chairman wrongly accused the audit team of giving the audited institution only five days to respond to the audit observations instead of 30 days.” “I wrote to the Chairman again questioning the mandate with which he was interfering with the audit process and informed him that I was inviting my lawyers to come in and stop him from the continuous interference with my constitutional mandate.”
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