General News of Thursday, 13 September 2018
The Chairman of the Audit Service Board, Professor Edward Dua Agyeman, has denied allegations that he is interfering with the work of the Auditor General, Daniel Yaw Domelevo.
The Auditor General in a letter to President Akufo-Addo asking for intervention in the matter, accused Professor Dua Agyeman of unlawfully interfering with and violating his mandate.
In the letter dated 27th July 2018, Mr. Domelevo said: “I wish to bring to your attention the unlawful interference and violations of my constitutional mandate by the Board Chairman- Prof Edward Dua Agyeman- and the Board of Ghana Audit Service and respectively request for your intervention.”
This follows a series of communications sighted by Citi News on what seems like a strained relationship between the Auditor-General and his Board Chairman.
Professor Dua Agyeman, however, denies the allegations saying; “it is not that we do not want to work with him. He is insisting that he is not answerable to the Board and that whatever instructions we give he will not take.”
The Board Chairman insisted that roles are clearly defined, and the Board is in no way confusing such roles.
According to him, per the Audit Service Act and the Audit Service Regulations, there are some functions he would have to perform, and functions of the Board which includes giving an instruction where necessary for proper management of the Service.
He thus insisted that the Auditor General is not being undermined.
“I have explained the circumstances surrounding all [the concerns he has raised]. Nobody will undermine the Auditor-General for anything.”
While denying the allegations, Professor Dua Agyeman in an interesting twist, alleged that he has also petitioned President Akufo-Addo on what he considers the Auditor-General’s non-cooperation.
“We have also submitted a letter to the president concerning the same issues of non-cooperation and one of the issues is that when he travels he doesn’t tell us. We don’t know when he travels and what he goes to do and so on.”
Presidency sets up C’ttee to probe Auditor General’s complaints of interference
Meanwhile, the Presidency has set-up a committee to investigate concerns of interference raised by Auditor General.
Citi News sources say the Auditor-General has been invited to meet with Executive Secretary to the President, Nana Asante Bediatuo to discuss his concerns.
Though details of the committee and its terms of reference are still scanty, sources say it is expected to find a lasting solution to the impasse between the Head of the Audit Service and the Board Chair, Professor Edward Dua Agyeman.
Letters available to Citi News show long-standing accusations of job interference against the board chair, with Mr Domelevo communicating his displeasure at the development.