Former President John Mahama has described as false, the claim by Chief Executive of Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) suggesting that he influenced the award of a contract to build a guest house in his hometown Bole.
“The guest house in question, the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG) Research Station Guest House, has been in existence since 1975, and could not possibly have been constructed during the tenure of President Mahama. The assertion therefore that he influenced its construction is also false,” the former President’s Office responded on Thursday, November 02.
Speaking at a news conference Wednesday to respond to issues raised by National Democratic Congress (NDC) Parliamentarians, the COCOBOD CEO, Joseph Boahen Aidoo enumerated a number of allegations against the former President including influencing the award of a contract to construct a guest house at Bole in the Northern Region to "enable him enjoy comfortable holidays during visits to his constituency.”
However, Joyce Bawah Mogtari, Special Aide to Mr. Mahama says the claims are “false” and inaccurate.
Read the statement from the Office of Former President below: CRIG Guest House was built in the 70s, not for Mahama
The Office of Former President John Dramani Mahama has learnt of a number of claims by Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD), Joseph Boahen Aidoo, at a press conference in Accra on Wednesday.
Among others, Mr. Boahen Aidoo stated that President John Dramani Mahama influenced the award of a contract to construct a guest house at Bole in the Northern Region to "enable him enjoy comfortable holidays during visits to his constituency.”
For the avoidance of doubt, the Office of the Former President wishes to state that this claim is false. The guest house in question,the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG) Research Station Guest House, has been in existence since 1975, and could not possibly have been constructed during the tenure of President Mahama.
The assertion therefore that he influenced its construction is also false. The Station conducts research into Shea nut and Cashew, to boost production of these two crops in the Brong Ahafo, Upper West, Upper East and Northern Regions that constitute the Northern Savannah zone.
Also, the CRIG Research facility includes the guest house that has always provided commercial accommodation services to officials of COCOBOD and any other person that requires its use.
A decision by the Board of COCOBOD to renovate the facility, after many years of use cannot be needless, and does not require the influence of the President of the Republic, as he then was.
The Office of the Former President has noted a regrettable pattern of false and inaccurate information put out by the Chief Executive of COCOBOD intended to slander the former President as a way of covering up bad management practices and decisions identified and highlighted by the NDC Minority in Parliament about the country’s cocoa sector.
Such an unwholesome practice will only serve to detract from the important business of managing the Cocoa sector which is the lifeblood of the Ghanaian economy.
The Office wishes to encourage Mr Boahen Aidoo to pay greater attention to discharging the weighty responsibility entrusted to him devoid of unnecessary partisanship and mudslinging.
Joyce Bawah Mogtari
Special Aide to HE John Dramani Mahama.
Thursday Nov., 02, 2017.