Gradually it’s emerging that the former Auditor General, Daniel Yaw Domelovo is not partisan after all. Immediately after his controversial forced retirement from the Audit Service, Mr. Domelovo landed an international auditing job with the European Union’s (EU) external audit.
He thus becomes part of the Commission’s broad team of external auditors who monitor and audit EU grants and funding support to outside agencies and countries around the world.
It’s an appointment that was purely based on merit other than any political consideration and the European Union recognized the professional proficiency of the Auditor General leading to the appointment.
The President of the Republic, Nana Akufo Addo himself waded into the unfounded political proximity of Mr. Domelovo in the heat of the latter’s forced retirement saga.
The President in a statement signed by his Executive Secretary, Nana Bediatuo Asante stated unequivocally, how the former Auditor General was appointed to serve the interest of former president John Dramani Mahama.
This according to the President, is related to events that led to the appointment of Mr. Domelovo as the Auditor General by Mr. Mahama, moment before the cessation of his tenure as the President of the Republic.
“Having lost the mandate to govern, former president Mahama appointed Mr. Domelovo to the office, knowing very well that President Akufo Addo would be sworn-into office in few days, to pursue a particular agenda”, parts of the President's statement read.
But the latest Auditor General’s report clearly shows that as an Auditor General, Mr. Domelovo was more concerned about his professional duties than any political consideration.
Aspects of the audit report which covers the 2017-2019 fiscal years and supervised by Mr. Domevolo make scathing findings against a top NDC member who served as Greater Accra Minister in the John Mahama administration.
Prof. Joshua Alabi has been directed by the former Auditor General to refund with interest, an amount close to GHS300, 000 with interest the former Rector of the University of Professional Studies (UPSA) paid as legal fees to private legal firm, Lithur and company.
The owner of the legal firm is Mr. Tony Lithur, a personal lawyer of former president John Mahama. Mr. Lithur was the deputy lead counsel for Mr. Mahama in the recently concluded election petition case brought to the country’s Supreme Court by the former president.
In its report of public boards, corporations and other statutory institutions, the Auditor General said there was no evidence of any work done on behalf of UPSA by Mr. Lithur and his legal firm. It was therefore recommended that the said amount be refunded with interest paid in prevalent Bank of Ghana interest rate to the University.
According to the audit report, management of UPSA signed a retainer agreement on 16th March 2014 and paid an amount of GHC263,670 to Law Firm, Lithur Brew company as retainer fee. However, the Auditor General noted in his report that there is no evidence of the provision of any legal services to the University.
Lithur Brew, it was also discovered in the report, was appointed through sole sourcing without recourse to the procedural provisions in the Public Procurement Amendment act 914 of 2016.
The Auditor General therefore advised management of UPSA to set up a legal directorate that shall facilitate all legal matters of the University through the Attorney General’s department.
The report also discovered that out of the Gh2.3 million released for the University of Cape Coast, only GHS353, 279.43 was accounted for, leaving a difference of GHC1,949,090.24 as an outstanding amount. In that respect, the Auditor General recommended that the amount should be recovered as soon as possible.
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