General News of Tuesday, 31 January 2017
Government has ordered eleven top management members of the Ghana COCOBOD to proceed on leave effective Monday 30th January, 2017. A similar order has been given to three senior managers of the Cocoa Marketing Company (CMC), a subsidiary of COCOBOD who are also leaving with immediate effect.
The eleven COCOBOD senior management staff include Deputy Chief Executive – Agronomy and Quality Control, Deputy Chief Executive – Finance and Administration, Deputy Chief Executive -Operations, Director – Human Resource, Director Civil Works, Deputy Director Civil Works, Procurement Manager, Director of Estates and the Deputy Director Finance.
The three CMC managers ordered to vamoose include the Managing Director, Deputy Managing Director and Deputy Director Finance. This order of comes barely three weeks after the dismissal of Dr. Stephen K. Opuni, the former CEO of COCOBOD. His dismissal was contained in a letter signed by the Secretary to the President, Nana Bediatuo Asante directing him to handover to the President’s representative at the Ministry of Agriculture.
The Minister of Agric Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto was sworn-in by President Akufo Addo with the first batch of ministers who took office on Monday January 30.
The cocoa sub sector has come under severe scrutiny by the current administration when they were in opposition and they have promised to better the fortunes of Ghanaian cocoa farmers to increase cocoa export to be the leader on the continent of Africa and globally.
3news.com sources indicate that a substantive CEO and senior management of the company would be announced in the coming days