Shake-Up At Cocobod, top 11 managers asked to go home

January 31, 2017
Source: Norvan Acquah - Hayford/thebftonline.com/Ghana
Shake-Up At Cocobod, top 11 managers asked to go home

There seem to be an ongoing house cleaning exercise at Ghana Cocoa Board (Cocobod) after the government dismissed the Chief Executive Officer Dr. Stephen Kwabena Opuni.

Currently some eleven top managers of the regulator of the cocoa sector have also been directed by the government to proceed on leave.

The directive thebftonline.com understands was contained in a letter signed by the Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie-Akoto.

Those to proceed on leave effective January 30, 2017, include Deputy Chief Executive (Finance & Administration), Deputy Chief Executive (Agronomy & Quality Control), Deputy Chief Executive (Operations) and the Director of Finance.

The rest are Deputy Director of Finance, Deputy Director of Audit, Director of Civil Works and the Procurement Manager.

At the Cocoa Marketing Company, Ltd, the Managing Director (MD), Deputy MD, Director Legal Services, Deputy Director and the Finance Director have reportedly been asked to go home.

After the New Patriotic Party led by His Excellency the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo – Addo took office, there have been calls for probe into the administration of the outgone Chief Executive Officer of Cocobod Dr. Stephen Kwabena Opuni.

This lead to the government sacking the latter who is currently under investigation by the Economic and Organised Crime Office.

Sources within Cocobod have described happenings within the cocoa sector as very ‘unpleasant,’ as is alleged that contracts were awarded without laid-down regulations being followed and fertilizers meant for cocoa farmers in Ghana were also alleged to have been smuggled and sold in neigbouring countries.