There seems to be an on-going shake-up at the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) after President Nana Akufo-Addo assumed office.
The Nana Addo-led government has asked 11 top management staff of COCOBOD to proceed on leave with effect from Monday 30th January, 2017.
The 11 to proceed on leave include the 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.
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In a related development, some top staff members of Cocoa Marketing Company (CMC); a subsidiary of COCOBOD, have also been asked to proceed on leave.
They include CMC’s Managing Director, Deputy Managing Director and Deputy Director Finance.
President Nana Akufo-Addo dismissed the Chief Executive of Cocobod Dr Stephen Opuni barely 3 weeks ago.
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This was contained in a letter dated Thursday, January 12 and signed by the president's Executive Secretary. Dr Opuni was given up to the end of Friday, 13 January, to vacate his office.
The letter said Dr Opuni “ceases to hold office as CEO of Cocobod upon assumption of office of President Nana Akufo-Addo.”