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COCOBOD debunks Nepotism accusation in the Agri-Plus deal

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The Head of Public Affairs of COCOBOD, Mr. Fiifi Boafo, has debunked the accusation of engaging in nepotism in the Agri-Plus deal in a press release on Tuesday, November 17, 2020.

According to Mr. Boafo, a document is circulating on several online and social media platforms purported to emanate from the Financial Intelligence Centre, Ghana, which alleges wrong doing by COCOBOD awarding a contract for the procurement of Transform Akate Insecticide from Agri-Plus Horizon Farm Limited through the sole sourcing method.

The document further alleges that there is suspicion that the decision by COCOBOD to sole source the contract to Agri-Plus may have been founded on the grounds of nepotism and / or trade based money laundering.

In a response to this accusation, Mr. Boafo in his press release ‘wish to state categorically that the suspicion that the decision by COCOBOD to sole source the contract to Agri-Plus may have been founded on grounds of nepotism is completely baseless and untrue.

The Chief Executive of Ghana Cocoa Board, Hon Joseph Boahen Aidoo is not in any way related to Joseph Seth Aidoo Junior mentioned in the document in relation to Agri-Plus Limited. The said Joseph Seth Aidoo Junior is neither a son of Hon Joseph Boahen Aidoo nor are they related in any way.

We therefore urge the general public not to give the allegations contained in the said document any weight.’

Richmond Mortty Bediako

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