The Managing Director of the Cocoa Processing Company, Nana Agyenim Boateng has dismissed claims that the Chief Executive Officer of COCOBOD, Joseph Boahen Aidoo spent an amount of 1 million dollars of the taxpayers money to brand chocolate bars with his image on his 60th birthday.
He revealed the total cost of that delivery was GH¢2,0 94.00. According to him, the invoice of that delivery was sent to him[CEO] on 13th of December, 2017 prior to his occasion on December 15, 2017, where he has duly paid for all bills on that.
As part of arrangements for his 60th anniversary, branded chocolate bars with his image were produced and handed out to guests.
There are claims that over 500,000 bars of such chocolates were made by COCOBOD on the instructions of the CEO, Joseph Boahen Aidoo for his 60th Birthday estimated at over 1 million Ghana cedis.
This has sparked public outrage as Ghanaians have questioned the propriety of that move.
Responding to the accusations, Nana Agyenim Boateng told Accra-based Citi FM it is a normal practice to do a customized Chocolate for businesses, corporate entities and individuals and does not see anything wrong with that move.
According to him, as part of national consumption for cocoa products, Cocoa Processing Company (CPC) customizes golden tree chocolates for occasions such as birthdays, weddings and funerals.
He denied claims that the branded bar of chocolates in the image of COCOBOD CEO is at the expense of the taxpayer.
“It is something that we do for everybody-Corporate bodies, individuals, institutions; everybody can just walked in and we can do a customized chocolate for you. The only difference is that you pay 10% additional premium on our normal cost. The normal chocolate that you see outside that is the 50 gram, the wholesale price here is GHS 442.50. So if you want to do it customized, it is 10% of the GHS 442. So it means you’ll pay GHS 486.00. So the 4 cartons of 800, so he was doing it for 300 guests; so three tablets and some handmade chocolates in there, that is how he bought it and we made it for him.”