The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Cocoa Board, Joseph Boahen Aidoo, has accused the former NDC administration of mismanaging resources at the state institution.
Part of the mismanagement he told journalists, on Wednesday November 1, 2017 was the construction of a guest house at Bole for former President John Dramani Mahama.
The guest house he alleged was constructed to give the former president comfort whenever he pays a visit to the community.
“The penchant to siphon funds through inflated contracts was rampant in the NDC-Opuni administration through ill-conceived construction contracts in the cocoa sector. These contracts were awarded without proper value for money analysis, bringing into question the motive for the contract for instance, to construct a guest house at Bole in the Northern Region, which was needless at the time it was awarded. President John Mahama was said to have influenced the awarding to enable him enjoy a comfortable holiday during his visit to his constituency,” he said.
Investigation he revealed was underway to ensure that those who created the rot at COCOBOD are dealt with.
Some workers have been interdicted, others have been asked to proceed on leave, he said.
The decision he noted was part of the process to investigate the rot at COCOBOD.
He was reacting to the recent statement delivered by the Minority on the state of cocoa in Ghana.
The Minority in Parliament accused the government of fixing a low cocoa producer price for the 2016/2017 crop year.
The minority argued that, government must utilize the cocoa stabilization fund established by the previous government, to cushion farmers instead of the insensitive approach the COCOBOD intends to use.
But Mr. Aidoo explained that, the claims by the Minority was only concocted and meant to deceive Ghanaians especially farmers.
The budgeted figure of GHc 93.5 million for the stabilization fund was not set aside by the NDC as a result of misplaced priorities, he indicated.
Ghana’s High Commissioner to South Africa, George Ayisi Boateng has rendered an unqualified apology following his discriminatory comments he made at a meeting with some TESCON members recently.
The commissioner came under serious criticism for his comments that he will give priority to members of teh ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) before any other Ghanaian.
He also made claims that although we are all Ghanaians, members of the NPP are more Ghanaian than others.
Some think tanks and civil society groups as well as the Minority called on the president to sack him.
Others also called on him to apologise but he [Boateng] was defiant and insisted his comments were not in bad taste as suggested.
However, he has issued a statement apologizing for his comments.
The statement read:’’ “I have upon sober reflection, decided to retract the comments I made during my interaction with some Members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Ashanti Region over the weekend.I have realised that my statement is unfortunate and at variance with the letter and spirit of the Ghanaian constitution and the dignified office of High Commissioner that I occupy. I am aware that as the representative of Ghana to South Africa, I have a responsibility to protect the interest of all Ghanaians within my jurisdiction and to grant them equal access to opportunities that are presented, irrespective of their political affiliation.
“I regret the effect of my speech delivered to the young party members which has generated public outcry.I therefore wish to retract my comments and render an unqualified apology to the presidency and all Ghanaians,” it added.
Self acclaimed ‘African Dancehall’ King Shatta Wale has finally paid a courtesy call on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the seat of government, Flagstaff House.
The president had earlier invited the controversial musician to visit him at the Flagstaff House when he [Shatta Wale] celebrated his birthday.
Shatta Wale later through social media, requested for a land cruiser but visiting the president today [Wednesday], His H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said, he did not have a land cruiser but handed him [Wale] a special gift from the presidency.
At his meeting with the President, Shatta Wale showed him an international award he won and also asked the President to fulfil all the promise he made to creative artistes during the 2016 elections.
Akufo Addo assured him that the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture was working hard at rolling out some policies that will benefit musicians and creative artistes for that matter.
My husband has never disappointed me since we got married, Stacey Amoateng, the 2017 Radio and Television (RTP) Female Developmental Show Host of the year has proudly said.
Speaking to Rainbow Radio’s Sokoohemaa today [Wednesday], Mrs. Amoateng described her husband, Mr. Daniel Quophi Amoateng also known as Quophi Okyeame, as an intelligent man who she married because of the potential she saw in him.
The former host of music music disclosed also on the show that, her decision to marry the multi-talented broadcaster, did not go down well with her mother who stopped talking to her for two solid years.
''My mother didn't come to my wedding because she was that upset. She was upset because I married a musician. And I couldn't be bothered because she wasn't the bride. I was the bride. My grandparents were those who married me to my husband. It was later on when i had given birth; my mom didn't know my first daughter till she was two years. That was the sacrifice...For two years, she wasn't even talking to me. For two years, my mum wasn't talking to me because I married a musician but I saw potential. My husband is very intelligent and very creative. All the things they were seeing, that wasn't what I was seeing. I was seeing beyond that...With time she realized I did not just get up to marry a musician and so far he [Quophi] has not disappointed me,'' she added.
Stacey and the husband got married to Quophi Okyeame on 28th May 2005.She has three children, two girls and a boy. They are Calista Meusique Amoateng, Beyonce Afia Dankwa Amoateng, Josiah Ian Kobby Amoateng.
The 2017 Radio and Television (RTP) Female Developmental Show Host of the year, Stacey Amoateng, has revealed on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that she met her husband Daniel Quophi Amoateng popularly called Quophi Okyeame, on social media.
She made the revelation when she appeared on Rainbow Radio’s mid-morning show hosted by Sokoohemaa.
According to her, she knew her husband as far back as 2000.
She further revealed that they dated for two years before they finally got married in the year 2005.
Stacey Amoateng said she was not scared sending her husband to her mother who was not happy when she first heard of her intention to marry a musician.
The Restoration show host told Sokoohemaa that, her mother had issues and she did not attend her wedding ‘’because I decided to marry a musician. She didn’t attend my wedding. She was so upset and did not know my first daughter until she was two because I married a musician. My mother was not picking my calls until after two years.’’
Stacey described the husband as an intelligent man who she married because she saw a potential in him.
‘’My husband has never disappointed me since I got married to him,’’ she proudly said.
Stacey Amoateng got married to Quophi Okyeame on 28th May 2005.She has three children, two girls and a boy. They are Calista Meusique Amoateng, Beyonce Afia Dankwa Amoateng, Josiah Ian Kobby Amoateng.
Madam Selina, mother of the 2017 Radio and Television (RTP) Female Developmental Show Host of year, Stacey Amoateng, says she was not happy when she got to know that her daughter was getting married to a musician.
Speaking to Sokoohemaa on Rainbow Radio 87.Fm, she said the father of her daughter, a medical doctor, died at the early stages of her daughter [Stacey's] life.
She told the host that she was keen on daughter becoming a media personality and from what she [Stacey] has achieved, she is proud as a mother.
According to her, she sacrificed her education for her daughter so she will be a responsible woman and that she has become today.
Stacey Amoateng is married to multi-talented broadcaster and CEO of EMKLAN Advertising, Daniel Quophi Amoateng known in the industry as Okyeame Quophi.
The two have been married since May 28th, 2005. They have three children, two girls and a boy. They are Calista Meusique Amoateng, Beyonce Afia Dankwa Amoateng and Josiah Ian Kobby Amoateng.
Commenting on her daughter’s choice of man, Madam Selina said she was not happy when she got know her daughter chose to marry a musician, however, that was her choice and so I had to support her.
‘’I disliked her choice of man when I heard it for the first time but that was her choice and so I had to support her,’’ she said.
She described her daughter as multi-talented and a star who was brought into the world to serve humanity.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD), Joseph Boahen Aidoo has accused the former John Mahama led administration of depleting the syndicated loan facility.
Addressing the press in response to the Minority’s statement on cocoa, the former Amenfi East MP said the NDC when in office secured a total of US$1.8billion for the 2016/2017 cocoa purchases which was projected at 850, 000 metric tonnes.
According to him, as at January 2017, the amount had been fully withdrawn and utilized ‘’when only 587,000 metric tonnes of cocoa had been purchased.
He said, ‘’the mystery surrounding the exhaustion of the US$1.8 billion is being investigated and full facts will be made known to Ghanaians in due course.’’
He revealed, ‘’peculiar to the loan utilization is the last drawdown of US$400,000 effected on 20th December, 2016 at the time the NDC had woefully lost the December 2016 elections.’’
He expressed shock at how the NDC managed to withdraw the amount of money between December 2016 and January 2017 before the new administration was sworn into office.
The NPP after taking over office was also saddled with a debt of GHc19.6 billion, he said.
He also accused the previous NDC government of abusing the export duty and used export duty payments from COCOBOD to siphon funds for activities not related to cocoa.
He gave an example of the payment of US$25 million top Construction Pioneers (CP) in January 2016 to settle judgment debt awarded against Government of Ghana in the UK.
He explained, without this payment, Ghana was to lose a property worth about US$1.2 million in the UK as a result of reckless handling of debts owed CP.
‘’This amount was taken from COCOBOD in the name of exercise duty (in the word of the former Deputy Finance Minister-a Board member of COCOBOD Casel Ato Forson) The payment under the export duty was to make it appear legitimate,’’ he added.
Acting General Secretary for the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), John Boadu says those criticizing Ghana’s Commissioner to South Africa, over his discriminatory comments, do not know what they are talking about.
Ghana’s Commissioner to South Africa, Mr. Goerge Ayisi Boateng at a meeting with TESCON members said, he will give priority to NPP members before any other person.
He said,“this government is doing its best to create job opportunities and me for instance, I told my people over there [that], it is because of NPP that I’m here, so the NPP man is my priority. I told them when NDC was in power it was Kwesi Ahwoi who was there, now we are in power, so Ayisi-Boateng is here with you. My topmost priority is the problems of an NPP person before any other Ghanaian, take it or leave it.”
“Indeed I’m not boasting, but I’ve started meeting the NPP groups. Every weekend I meet some group members and I tell you if I had my way, every job opportunity that will come will go to a TESCON member before any other person. And I know my colleague appointees also have the same feeling except that because of IMF we cannot do anything now…We are all Ghanaians but some are more Ghanaians than others,’’ he stated.
He was widely condemned by a section of the public with others calling on the president to sack him.
However, John Boadu told Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, those calling for his dismissal are overreacting.
The commissioner he said, spoke to NPP members and so his comments should not be held against him.
John Boadu said, ‘’Mr. Ayisi Boateng was speaking to NPP members. He did not meet Ghanaians as an Ambassador but met NPP members and assured them that he will prioritize them…So should he have said anything different from what he said? Should he have told them that he came for all Ghanaians whether abroad or here? What is the meaning of that? Who does that?
‘’We were in this country when the late Mills made a similar comment when he won power. The NDC at a point set up a committee to create jobs for their members,’’ he added.
Mr. Boadu using the analogy of a parent with only GHc20 to feed the children said, that parent cannot feed children of others when their own children are hungry.
He said, you cannot do philanthropic work when your own children are going hungry. We should not drag this issue. Did Ibrahim Mahama not get contracts because his brother was president?
John Boadu stressed that Mr. Boateng did no wrong and he [Boadu] would have criticized him if his comments were distasteful.
The ‘leaked’ Kwesi Botchwey report, has dominated media discussions with some media houses, serializing the report which they claim are in their possession.
Editor-In-Chief of the New Crusading Guide Newspaper, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako disclosed that an insider within the umbrella family, scanned copies of the report for him.
The NDC after suffering a massive defeat in the 2016 general elections commissioned a 13- member fact finding committee chaired by former Finance Minister, Dr. Kwesi Botchwey to diagnose what led to the NDC’s. Five months after the committee presented its report to National Executives, the party has kept the report under lock and key saying it’s not meant for public consumption.
But some individuals have laid hands on the ‘leaked’ report. However, National Youth Organizer of the NDC, Sidii Abubakar, says the report in circulation is fake and that only two people in the party, are in possession of the report.
He told Rainbow Radio’s Kwame Tutu that no national officer has a copy except the General Secretary and possibly the Chairman.
According to him, it is very difficult for anybody to come out and say that they have a copy of the report.
Sidii Abubakar said, anybody who is able to lay his hands on the document will understand how the NDC is rebuilding for 2020 especially if the person is a politician.
The reason why the party kept the document from the public is to prevent our opponents from seeing our strategies, he said.
National Youth Organizer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Sidii Abubakar has alleged that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Sammy Awuku the National Organizer and John Boadu the Acting General Secretary formed the vigilante groups to plunge Ghana into chaos.
Sidii Abubakar in an interview with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm said, the purpose of the vigilante groups formed by the president and other members of the party, was to foment trouble should they have lost the 2016 general elections.
He said, ‘’ His Excellency the President Nana Akufo-Addo is aware of it. The National Youth Organizer of the NPP is aware of these vigilante groups and all the top notch of the NPP are the people who set it up; they set it purposely because they felt that in the event of NDC winning the 2016 election, they will use it and apply it just like what is happening in Kenya. The way Raila Odinga is now messing up in Kenya. That was how the NPP planned to do it and the opposite happened. And now, that is why they find it difficult because they are not able to meet the aspirations and demands of the vigilante groups. That is why they are doing what they are doing now.’’
When the host asked him to come clear on his allegations, he stressed, ‘’I am telling you, that is exactly what the NPP wanted to do just like what is happening in Kenya. We had several information but let us shelve it for now. As time goes on, we will expose them. They planned to cause mayhem, divide and cause problem in the country…Nana Akufo-Addo is aware, Sammy Awuku is aware and all the top notch of the NPP recruited them and the purpose of the recruitment, was to cause mayhem and to make this country ungovernable in the case of NDC winning power in 2016 but unfortunately that did not happen and we are where we are today.’’