- The witness is testifying for the government's prosecution team
- Among the reasons given, it was said Dr Opuni believed his directive would cut down the costs of treating cocoa
In the ongoing criminal action against a former CEO of COCOBOD, a witness in the matter has told the court that Dr. Opuni reduced the time for testing chemicals.
The witness, Dr Franklin Manu Amoah, said Dr Stephen Opuni upon assumption as the head of the COCOBOD asked scientists to test chemicals for 6 months instead of 2 years.
Dr Manu Amoah, who is the executive director of the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG), testified for the government's prosecution team.
According to the witness, Dr Opuni's reasons according to himself for his directive were because he (Opuni) wanted to cut down on costs.
Additionally, the witness testified that Dr Opuni said he wanted to stop one company monopolising the agrochemical business.
As a result of the order, testing on Lithovit Foliar Fertilizer for matured cocoa was reduced to 6 months from 2 years.
The fertiliser was sold by a company known as Agricult. The CEO of the company, Seidu Agongo, is also being prosecuted for conniving with Dr Opuni to cause financial loss to the country.
The Attorney-General of Ghana is making the case that the operations of the two men cost the nation an amount to the tune of GHc 271.3 million.
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