- The CEO's-branded chocolate is estimated to have cost about GHC 2,940
- The COCOBOD boss is denying claims he paid for the branded chocolate bars with Ghanaian taxpayers' money
Some Golden Tree Chocolates, branded with the image of the Chief Executive of COCOBOD, Joseph Boahene Aidoo, has sparked controversies among some politicians and the general public.
According to reports, the branded chocolates were produced and handed out as gifts package on the 60th birthday celebration of the COCOBOD CEO.
There are claims over 500,000 branded bars of chocolates were produced at an estimate cost of two million Ghana cedis at the CEO's instruction.
However, the Executive Assistant to the CEO, Fiifi Boafo, speaking to Accra-based Class FM explained that the branded chocolates with the image of his boss were duly paid for, contrary to claims it was funded by the Ghanaian taxpayer.
Mr Boafo in his conversation, explained that only 900 pieces were printed at a cost of GH¢2,912 inclusive of their 10% charge for the branding and shared to specific guests.
“As part of national consumption for cocoa products, Cocoa Processing Company (CPC) is allowed to customize golden tree chocolates for occasions such as birthdays, weddings and funerals”, he said.
The Executive Assistant dismissed accusations that Ghanaian taxpayers' money was spent to pay on behalf of the CEO.
He also added that figures being quoted by critics are not only outrageous but those making the claims don’t know the “value of money”.
It could be recalled that former First Lady, Lordina Mahama under the NDC was caught up in a similar controversy in a run up to the 2016 elections.
Prior to the elections, some branded chocolates bearing images of the former First Lady was heavily criticized by the then opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), claiming taxpayers' money was used in paying for the products.
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