OccupyGhana writes to A-G over assets declaration by Audit Service staff

Mr. Daniel Domlevo, Auditor-General of Ghana

Mr. Daniel Domlevo, Auditor-General of Ghana

OccupyGhana, a pressure group, has written to the Auditor-General (A-G) Daniel Domelovo , asking for data on compliance status of officers of the Audit Service, who are required by law to declare their assets and liabilities.

The group said it would want to know whether officers of the Service including himself, who had been mandated by law to enforce the country’s assets declaration law, were complying with them.

“It is only when you have complied with the law that you can have the moral justification to insist that others do so,” a letter addressed to Mr Domelovo, dated yesterday January 29,2018 , and sighted  by the Ghanaian Times  said.

According to OccupyGhana, the request was a lead-up to a series of engagements it intended to start to inquire whether the country’s Declaration of Assets and Liabilities Regime was being complied with or otherwise and whether it was efficient and effective.

The letter, referring to article 284 of the Constitution and sections 1 and 2 of, and items (x) and (y) of the First Schedule to, the Public Office Holders (Declaration of Assets & Disqualification) Act, 1998 (Act 550), stated that certain officers of the service were mandated to do so.

These officers it listed include the Auditor-General and all persons working in the Audit Service as accountants, internal auditors, procurements officers, and planning and budget officers in finance and procurement departments.

Similarly, officers, whose salaries were equivalent to or above the salary of a Director in the Civil Service, were required to file duly completed Declaration of Assets and Liability Forms.

“It is therefore important that you [A-G] and officers of the Audit Service covered by the above provisions declare their assets and liabilities in accordance with the law as an example to all others,” It said.

Specifically, OccupyGhana is asking for the names of officers of the Audit Service who are covered or affected by the law  set out above and the respective dates they were appointed to or they assumed those offices.

It also wants information on whether each person so covered or affected had filed a completed Declaration of Assets and Liability Form and if not, whether any reasons had been assigned by the failure or neglect to comply with the law.

And if so, it wants to know the dates the forms were filed.

“Kindly consider this a right to information request under article 21(1) (f) of the Constitution. We would be glad to hear from you at your earliest convenience, and in any event within fourteen (14) days of the date of this letter,” the letter stated.

By Times Reporter

 

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