Reports sighted by InsiderGH.com in the Herald Newspaper indicates that Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) has cleverly opted to talk about Kennedy Agyapong’s luxurious trip to Dubai for his 61st birthday party, but tightlipped on the numerous state contracts he is raking at the state institution running into millions of United States Dollars.
According to a report filed by the aforementioned newspaper last Friday, some COCOBOD officials had been on a trip to the holiday destination of Kennedy Agyapong on the sponsorship of the Assin Central Member of Parliament for his 61st birthday.
The report went ahead to further state that the trip, according to COCOBOD insiders, was a thank you gesture for the contracts that the MP has been getting from the institution, but shortly after the publication, the management of COCOBOD in a press release, debunked the publication.
In the press release, COCOBOD management sought to discredit reports of massive recruitments of members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) but again omitted the fact Farouk Mahama, who is currently the MP for Yendi was at the procurement department as deputy.
According to several reports sighted by InsiderGH.com, there were several occasions on which competent staffs at the Procurement Department of COCOBOD were transferred and replaced with other officials who are not strict and are likely to be easily manipulated.
Despite the fact that these contracts are being doled out to the MP, he still claims he had gotten nothing from the Akufo-Addo government.
He, [Kennedy Agyapong] on several occasions, has made claims that NPP members had been ignored in the sharing of government contracts.
According to the report in the Herald Newspaper, Kennedy Agyapong has been supplying fertilizers and other agrochemicals to COCOBOD.
The Procurement department of COCOBOD, according to the report sighted in The Herald, has been mentioned as having witnessed some heavy transfers with party agents made to replace them.
One official who until the 2020 election had a lot of power, was Farouk Mahama, son of the late ex-Vice-President, Alhaji Aliu Mahama.
He left to contest the Yendi seat on the ticket of the NPP to become a Member of Parliament. This was after he was moved from the Cocoa Marketing Board.
Meanwhile, The Herald Newspaper promised to start publishing details of Ken Agyapong’s contracts at COCOBOD said to be running into millions of dollars, in the coming days.