The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has directed the Auditor-General Mr. Daniel Yaw Dumelovo to take his accumulated annual leave of hundred and twenty-three (123) working days, effective Wednesday July 1,2020.
In a statement issued by the Director of Communications at the Presidency Eugene Arhin, the President made reference to a precedent set by the 3rd President of the 4th Republic Late Professor Evans Atta-Mills dated April 9 2009 .
“It will be recalled that on April 9 2009, the 3rd President of the 4th Republic His Excellency the late Prof. John Evans Atta-Mills, directed the then Auditor General, Mr. Edward Dua Agyeman, to take his accumulated annual 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 the one hundred and twenty three days working days, the statement further said.
The statement added the directive is based on sections 20(1) and 31 of the Labour Act, 2003 (Act 651), on leave which apply 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 foregone by the worker on the employer”.
Following this directive, Mr Dumelovo is expected to hand over all matters relating to his office to the Deputy Auditor-General, Mr Johnson Akuamoah Asiedu to act as the Auditor-General, until his return from “well deserved leave”.