You failed to rectify your date of birth – President Akufo-Addo tells Domelevo

President Nana Akufo-Addo has said the retired Auditor-General, Daniel Yaw Domelevo that has failed to rectify his date of birth.

According to the President, Mr. Domelevo could not initiate steps to correct his birthdate for lack of courage.

In a twenty-one-page letter to Civil Society organizations, Akufo-Addo noted that the former Auditor General did not petition the leadership of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) to sort out issues surrounding his date of birth.

“The Office of the President, through its investigations also discovered that Mr. Domelevo had not petitioned the Director-General of SSNIT to correct the mistake in his date of birth if indeed, it was a genuine mistake” part of the letter reads.

President Akufo-Addo added that: “Moreover, if Mr. Domelevo’s baptismal certificate was issued in June 1961, as he stated in his letter of 27th February 2021, then he could have used that baptismal certificate and other evidence to support his petition to the Director-General to amend his date of birth in the SSNIT records. He “did not have the courage” to petition the Director-General to rectify his date of birth.”

It will be recalled that in a letter dated March 3, 2021, Nana Akufo-Addo, through his secretary, Nana Bediatuo Asante said, “the attention of the President of the Republic has been drawn to records and documents made available to this Office by the Audit Service, that indicate that your date of birth is 1st June 1960 and that in accordance with article 199 (1) of the Constitution, your date of retirement as Auditor-General was 1st June 2020.”

This was despite Mr. Domelevo’s earlier explanation that the 1960 date of birth was a mistake because his Catholic Baptismal register has Yaw as part of his name which also provides his date of birth as 1st June 1961 and corresponds with Thursday or Yaw- the day of the week on which he was born.

The President argued that Mr. Domelevo has since not employed other means to justify his claims.

“No steps have been taken by Mr. Domelevo to contest his date of birth if indeed it was erroneous in the records of SSNIT. The formal process of petitioning the Director-General of SSNIT to correct a date had not been done”, a portion of the letter pointed out.

Click here to read the full letter by the President to CSOs

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