President Akufo-Addo has directed Mr. Daniel Yaw Domelevo, the Auditor-General, to take his accumulated annual leave of 123 working days, according to records available to the Presidency, with effect from Wednesday 1st July 2020.
The President’s decision to direct Mr Domelevo to take his accumulated leave is based on Section 20(1) and 31 of the Labour Act, 2003(Act 651) which applies to all workers, including public office holders such as the Auditor-General.
According to the Act, a worker is entitled to annual leave with full pay, in a calendar year of continuous service, which cannot be relinquished or forgone by the worker or the employer.
A statement signed by Eugene Arhin, the Communications Director at the Presidency, stated that 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.
“It would be recalled that, on 9th April 2009, the 3rd President of the 4th Republic, His Excellency and the late Prof. John Evans Atta Mills, directed the then Auditor-General, Mr Edward Dua Agyeman, to take his accumulated 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) days.” the statement said.
It further added: “The Auditor-General 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 his well-deserved leave.”