President Akufo-Addo has indirectly criticized former Auditor General Daniel Yaw Domelevo, more than a year after his government forced him to retire due to his age.
In an apparent but oblique dig at Daniel Domelevo, the President declared in a statement on the State of the Nation delivered in Parliament on Wednesday morning [March 30, 2022] that there will be no more football age, SSNIT age, etc. in Ghana because citizens data is now synced.
President Akufo-Addo joked, “Mr Speaker, there will be no school age, no football age, no SSNIT (Social Security and National Insurance Trust) age, and no official age.”
The board of the Audit Service wrote to Mr Domelevo in March 2021, expressing concerns about his date of birth and claimed he had surpassed retirement age.
“Records completed and signed by you at the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) reveal your date of birth as 1st June 1960 when you joined the scheme on 1st October 1978,” the board said. According to the data, you identified yourself as Togolese and non-Ghanaian. Agbatofe is the name of your hometown.
“On October 25, 1992, you completed and signed an SSNIT Change of Beneficiary Nomination form, declaring that you are a Ghanaian and that your hometown is Ada in the Greater Accra Region. Your Ghanaian passport number A45800, issued on February 28, 1996, lists your date of birth as June 1, 1961. Kumasi, Ashanti Region” is listed as the birthplace.
The news came after a dispute between the Auditor-General and the Audit Service board regarding his nationality and date of birth as he prepared to return to work following his mandatory leave. Akufo-Addo backed the Board of Directors.
“The attention of the President of the Republic has been drawn to records and documents made available to this Office by the Audit Service, which indicate that your date of birth is 1st June 1960, and that your date of retirement as Auditor-General was 1st June 2020, in accordance with article 199 (1) of the Constitution.”
“Based on this knowledge, the President believes you have formally resigned,” stated a statement from the White House at the time.
In 2022, SONA will be of football age and SSNIT age.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo expressed confidence that the digitisation of Ghana’s Births and Deaths Registry will aid in the prevention of changes in people’s biodata, notably their dates of birth.
“Never again will someone born in this country live a full life, die, and be buried with no record of their existence,” he declared.
He expressed confidence that digitizing the Births and Deaths Registry’s activities will ensure that records produced by the government are treated with the attention they deserve.
“Every child born in this country (Ghana) will be registered, and your date of birth will remain your date of birth throughout your life,” he believes.
He noted that when someone is registered with the Births and Deaths Registry, that person’s date of birth will appear on all national identification documents, and that the Ghana Card, issued by the National Identification Authority, has now become “integrated into our everyday life.”