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The string of allegations being leveled against the Board Chairman of the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD), Hackman Owusu-Agyeman, appears to be escalating as insiders recount how he allegedly pocketed a US$10,000 per diem for a journey he did not embark on.
Owusu-Agyeman is said to have hijacked travels meant for management and technical officials of COCOBOD and that the per diem was allegedly meant for one of those trips. It is not immediately clear the destination of that journey, but he is reported to have already bought flight tickets.
It is unclear what caused the abrupt abortion of the trip. He reportedly claimed he returned the per diem, but speculations are rife within COCOBOD that he may have pocketed the money.
According to insiders of COCOBOD who confided in Whatsup News, Hackman is exhibiting authoritarian behaviour and has caused a lot of contention at COCOBOD. Since becoming board chairman, he has championed for the scraping of bonuses to staff, he has reportedly assumed roles of management and has ordered that contracts exceeding certain margins (GHC 60,000) should be run by him.
some disgruntled staff of the cocoa regulating agency has reportedly petitioned President Akufo-Addo to remove their board chairman. COCOBOD Public Affairs Officer, Fiifi Boafo confirmed the existence of such a petition but claims he does not know the content.
Hackman Owusu-Agyeman has set up a permanent office on the fourth floor of the headquarters and is reportedly running the agency like a dictator.
COCOBOD has been a subject of recent controversies, including the refusal to pay cocoa farmers for their cocoa, to the use of fraudulent fertilizers.
Source: Whatsup News