Alhaji Mustapha Oti Boateng
The exploits of Alhaji Mustapha Oti Boateng, CEO of Chocho Industries, a plant medicine and herbal-based cosmetics production company based in Suhum in the Eastern, have attracted the attention of academia.
US-based Day Spring Christian University, Mississippi, last Saturday awarded him, together with other dignitaries, an honorary doctorate degree in a well-attended graduation ceremony at the Graduate School of Nuclear and Allied Sciences, Kwabenya, in Accra.
Alhaji Oti-Boateng, 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year, was among high-profile dignitaries like Sherry Ayittey, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture and Samia Nkrumah, Chairperson of CPP, who were decorated with the high academic honour over the weekend.
Not despising his small beginnings, he started business with a meagre amount of ¢4.0 in his kitchen at Suhum some few years ago and has risen to fame, receiving countless awards locally and internationally.
In a post-graduation interview, he advocated for the creation of a more equitable tax system by way of broadening the tax net.
He pointed out that the introduction of an equitable tax system would
deal with the situation where a few identifiable taxable entities are overburdened, thereby creating a huge bottleneck for entrepreneurship in the country.
The Chocho boss proposed that Ghana should be run as a business venture where some of the country’s unemployed youth would be tasked to embark on a massive tax collection campaign as was done in the past.
Alhaji Mustapha Oti Boateng with his family
He lauded President John Mahama for his campaign on ‘Buy made in Ghana goods’. According to him, that is the only way the country can cut down on importation of foreign goods and stabilise the economy.
‘In my humble opinion, leadership can take a clue from the past where we had tax officers go round and check ‘landpool’ receipts from all individuals who were suppose to pay taxes.
‘These ‘Tax Police’ should be paid on purely commission basis and be made to present guarantors before given the job so the said guarantors will be liable for any malpractice.
‘I want to use this occasion to thank my family and all who
contributed in diverse ways for this honour,’ he underscored.
Chocho Industries, which boasts of 18 products and has a strong presence in South Africa, Sierra Leone and Liberia, is the first locally-based company that produces tea.
By Kofi Owusu Aduonum
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