The Ghana Audit Service Board is challenging the nationality and retirement age of the Auditor-General, Daniel Yao Domelevo.
Letters exchanged between the Chairman of the Audit Service Board, Prof. Edward Dua Agyeman, and Mr. Domelevo, the Audit Service board in the said letters revealed it had discovered some anomalies in relation to the citizenship and age of Domelevo. The board indicated that Mr. Daniel Domelevo is a Togolese and was born in 1960 hence was due for retirement on 1st June 2020.
The Audit Board stated in a letter dated 26th February 2021 that, “Records at the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) completed and signed by you indicate your date of birth as 1st June 1960 when you joined the scheme on 1st October 1978. The records show that you stated your tribe as Togolese and a non-Ghanaian. That your home town is Agbatofe.”
“On 25th October 1992, you completed and signed a SSNIT Change of Beneficiary Nomination form, stating your nationality as a Ghanaian and your home town as Ada in the Greater Accra Region. The date of birth on your Ghanaian passport number A45800, issued on 28th February 1996 is 1st June 1961. That place of birth is stated as Kumasi, Ashanti Region”.
However, in a response to the Board Domelevo explained that his grandfather was a native of Ada in the Greater Accra Region but migrated to Togo and stayed at Agbatofe. He added that his father Augustine Domelevo migrated from Togo to the then Gold Coast. It is “either my father wrongly mentioned Agbatofe in Togo as his hometown to me, or I misconstrued it at the time,” he said.
Mr. Domelevo explained that with regards to his date of birth, the 1960 date of birth was a mistake when he checked his information in the baptismal register of the Catholic Church in Adeemmra. “The register has Yaw as part of my name and also provides my date of birth as 1st June 1961 – this corresponds with Thursday or Yaw- the day of the week on which I was born.”
But the Audit Service Board in a letter dated March 2, 2021, stated that Mr. Domelevo’s answer to his nationality and his grandfather’s migration to Togo is irrelevant and his explanation of his date of birth as being inconsistent. with reference to his baptismal certificate for confirmation of his date of birth, the Board emphasized the document “is not a valid document to authenticate your date of birth.”
“Observation of your responses and explanations contained in your above reference letter make your date of birth and Ghanaian nationality even more doubtful and clearly establishes that you have made false statements contrary to law.” The Board insisted, Mr. Domelevo was due for compulsory retirement on June 1, 2020, and was in fact not a Ghanaian but a Togolese. The also stressed that “records made available to the Board indicate that your date of retirement was 1st June 2020 and as far as the Audit Service is concerned you are deemed to have retired”.
“By a copy of this letter, the board is informing the President who is your appointing authority to take necessary action. Additionally, the board is making available to the President all the relevant documents at our disposal” the letter concluded.
Filed By : Agaatorne Douglas Asaah / awakenewsroom.com