The Herald, has picked up reports that top officials of the Ghana Cocoa Board are in Dubai to celebrate the 61st birthday of the Assin Central Constituency Legislator, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP), is said to be reaping a fortune at COCOBOD in supply contract deals running into several millions of dollars.
He is seen as using this trip as a “thank you gesture” to some of the officials and also setting the stage for more deals.
Mention has been made of some officials in the procurement department of the COCOBOD as those on the luxurious birthday trip to the Emirati known for its expensive shopping, cruise ships, classy hotels and exclusive jewelry.
It is unclear, the number of Ghanaians Mr.Agyapong has flown to Dubai for his birthday party.
The politician with 23 kids, is known for his vitriolic attacks on his opponents, including emotional blackmail on agency heads he needs businesses from until they capitulate.
It is also unclear, how many of his workers at Oman FM and Net2 TV, who are part of the birthday trip.
Fertilizers and other agrochemicals have been named as part of some of the products that Mr Agyapong, had been supplying to the COCOBOD.
The Procurement department, has been mentioned as having witnessed some heavy transfers with party agents made to replace them.
One official who until the 2020 election had a lot of power, was Farouk Mahama, son of the late ex-Vice-President, Alhaji Aliu Mahama.
He left to contest the Yendi seat on the ticket of the NPP to become a Member of Parliament. This was after he was moved from the Cocoa Marketing Board.
More to come!