Changing The Face Of CocoBod

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JOSPEH BOAHEN Aidoo, a former Western Regional Minister under the previous Kufuor administration, has been appointed by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as the acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD).

Mr Aidoo, a former Member of Parliament (MP) for Amenfi East, whose appointment letter was handed to him last week, is expected to restore sanity at the state institution.

Born in Wassa Afransie in the Western Region, Mr Aidoo, an educationist, is married with five children.

CEO’s DISMISSAL
It would be recalled that the former CEO was sacked through a dismissal letter from the Presidency signed by Nana Asante Bediatuo, Secretary to the President.

The words of the letter asked the former CEO  to vacate his office not later than 5:00 pm on January 13, 2017.

Immediately after his dismissal, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, Minister-designate for Agriculture, was tasked to play oversight role at COCOBOD, pending the naming of a new CEO by government.

The former CEO’s tenure has been fraught with allegations of victimization, cronyism and corruption, among others.

BATTLE WITH UNION WORKERS
There were also reports of bad blood between the former CEO and unionized workers with the Industrial Commercial Workers Union (ICU) championing the interests of workers.

They accused Dr. Opuni of master-minding the break-up of the leadership of union workers in the cocoa sector.
In the heat of the struggle, the aggrieved workers at one point claimed Ghana lost more than $10 million because of the alleged dealings of Dr Opuni. 

Officials of COCOBOD have expressed mixed feelings of their new Boss. Trade Unions,  Labour Union and other state marketing associations have argued out the fact that, the new Chief Executive will definitely work to restore the lost plight of the sector and hence… Looking forward  to change the face of the institution.  

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