JOHN MAHAMA’S BITTERNESS AND VITUPERATIONS AGAINST COCOBOD IS BECAUSE LORDINA’S ERRAND BOY, STEPHEN OPUNI IS FACING COURT OVER HIS INACTIONS AS FORMER CEO OF COCOBOD.
John Mahama, the only former President receiving his entitlement each month as former leader while contesting against a sitting President has been consistently been bitter against the administration of JB Aidoo over the past three years. A closer analysis of his vituperations, two things become visible:
Dr.Stephen Opuni, Lordina Mahama’s errand boy has been facing court over his inactions as former CEO of COCOBOD.
JOHN MAHAMA INFLUENCED CONSTRUCTION OF COCOBOD GUEST HOUSE IN BOLE, which has nothing to do with cocoa.
The creation of Western North Region by Nana Akuffo Addo has opened up the “Sefwi to the world” and the people , highest producers of Cocoa in Ghana are drifting to NPP, and this can be disaster for NDC, after the collapse of the party in the Volta Region.
FREE FERTILIZER MANTRA.
We would have been the first to agree on free fertilizer. However, before you say you are making something free, the key questions are:
Will every target beneficiary obtain it?
Do I know exactly how many people I will serve?
In case of farming, do I know exactly the acreage of farms to benefit?
Will the interference of politicians affect real beneficiaries?
In the case of free fertilizer for cocoa farmers’ mantra, these four critical questions can’t be answered satisfactorily, thus the need to think otherwise.
Due to the nature of farming and farmers, COCOBOD since independence has been using estimates of Cocoa Farmers from Researchers. As we speak, there is no data, that can precisely give the actual number of cocoa farmers in Ghana. This is because if Mr. A cultivates 5 hectares of Cocoa, and he is captured as One person, tomorrow, if he passes on, the farm is taking up by children ( say 10 children and five extended family members), so the previously one farmer has turned to 15 ! This situation of transfer of properties in our setting makes data on farmers almost a big problem. In this case, if you want to register, instead of One farmer, you get 15! COCOBOD recently launched Cocoa Management System recently to try to deal with the situation!
So, during the era of Stephen Opuni/Mahama, many over 70% of farmers were denied the so-called free fertilizers ( a fact Mr. Mahama refuses to acknowledge). Fertilizers were found in NDC party offices, instead of COCOBOD offices. The famous Anas Aremeyaw Anas did a documentary which laid bare smuggling of the so-called free fertilizers to Ivory Coast. Ex Prez John Mahama refuses to acknowledge. Well, may be, he comes from Bole, and he does NOT share the plight of cocoa farmers, but JB Aidoo, a Wassaman, himself is a Cocoa Farmer and will want the real Cocoa Farmers benefit!
COOPERATIVE FERTILIZER DISTRIBUTION
The current leadership of COCOBOD is distributing fertilizers to farmers using he Cooperative Module. Every Cocoa Farmer must be in a cooperative registered and regulated by department of Cooperative. The cooperative applies for the fertilizer and it is given to them @80 cedis per bag, a subsidy of over 70%. In addition, the Cooperative gets 14% per bag of every fertilizer bought goes back to the cooperative. The fertizer is given to the farmers to apply and payment is in instalment of 40% main season, 20% ligt season and 40% main season. Farmers across the country are happy, I presume because now, you don’t need to send NDC party card to benefit from so-called free fertilizer! No smuggling of fertilizer has also been recorded as in the case of Mills/Mahama regime where Anas Aremeyaw Anas caught them!
COCOA ROADS MANTRA &AUDIT
We can imagine why Mr. Mahama wants publications of audit report on Cocoa Roads out. As earlier stated, Dr. Stephen Opuni is facing court and NDC and John Mahama are digging for every means to free Lordina Mahama’s errand boy! Listening to Mr. Mahama on Asempa FM yesterday, saying “Cocoa Roads was for the whole cocoa region” Really! I was thinking it was to benefit the real roads leading to cocoa communities! Mr. Mahama defended using cocoa roads to do Asawase –Kumasi town roads, interesting! Cocoa Roads in Kumasi, Jesus Christ! Is it the responsibility of COCOBOD to be constructing roads in cities like Takoradi, Kumasi, Cape Coast, Koforidua, Sunyani? For me, this cocoa roads mantra is ill-thouht! We have Ghana Highways and Department of feeder roads, agencies supposed to perform functions leading to construction of roads in this country, why give COCOBOD a burden to construct roads! “
JOHN MAHAMA INFLUENCED CONSTRUCTION OF COCOBOD GUEST HOUSE IN BOLE.
The construction of COCOBOD guest house at Bole was needless at the time it was awarded. Ex-Pres John Mahama was said to have influenced the awarding to enjoy a comfortable holiday during his visit to his constituency” JB Aidoo (Modernghana.com Nov.1,2017). By the way, is Bole a cocoa producing District? Oh Mr.Mahama, WHY? It cost COCOBOD 8 million Ghana Cedis!
POLITICAL DESK OF PRESTEA COMMUNICATORS FOR DEVELOPMENT.
Senior Comrade F.Eshun, President, J.S Ackerson, Vice President, P.Gyan, Secretary, J. Kyeremanteng, Organizer