Ghana Cocoa Board Former CEO Charged for Causing Losses to State

Cornelia Mascio
Marzo 15, 2018

It could be recalled that the Economic and Organised Crimes Office (EOCO) froze the assets of the COCOBOD CEO as part of its investigations into an alleged scandal involving Dr. Opuni. A total of 27 charges have been levelled against them, Graphic Online has gathered.

He was accused of exploiting and mismanaging the cocoa sector and was relieved of his post on January 12, 2017.

The charges against Opuni, who was sacked by President Nana Akufo-Addo in January 2017, were laid Wednesday at the High Court in Accra, the capital, Joseph Addo, a spokesman for the office of the attorney-general and the justice ministry, said by phone.

The former chief executive officer of Ghana Cocoa Board, Stephen Opuni, has been charged for causing financial losses to the state during his tenure as head of the regulator, according to a justice ministry official.

Between November 2014 and November 2015, Dr Opuni according to the state again abetted Seidu Agongo and Agricult Ghana Ltd to defraud COCOBOD of the sum of Gh₵75,289,314.72.

Dr Opuni is said to have procured the supply of a substance described as "Lithovit Liquid Fertilizer" using public funds without satisfying the prescribed conditions for single-source procurement and also said to have influenced the procurement process by misrepresenting facts to the Public Procurement Authority (PPA) in order to obtain unfair advantage in the award of a contract to Agricult Ghana Limited.

Seidu Agongo is also accused of selling "adulterated fertilizer" contrary to section 114 (1)(c) of the Plants and Fertilizer Act, 2010 (Act 803).

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