The Chief Executive of the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD), Mr. Joseph Boahen Aidoo, has hinted that some of the cocoa road projects that had been suspended for more than a year.
The purpose of the exercise, according to him, is to reconcile all the outstanding COCOBOD road payment and to identify the various roads in the various agencies of highways, feeder, and urban roads.
Speaking on ‘Pae Mu Ka’ with Ohene Gyan on Accra based Kingdom FM 107.7, Joseph Boahen Aidoo said: “COCOBOD has taken over the construction of roads in cocoa areas, this is to ensure we build proper roads which can help in transporting cocoa from the rural areas to the urban roads.”

“The profit accrued after selling of the country’s cocoa produce is what is used to construct the roads.”
He said the cocoa funds are mainly meant for the construction of roads.
Mr. Boahen Aidoo said it was a sad irony that in spite of the huge contributions from cocoa to the country’s aggregate revenue generation for economic development, roads connecting cocoa communities to the commercial and urban centers, were deplorable and almost not motorable.
According to him the government is bent on solving frustrations and struggles cocoa farmers across the country experienced to get their harvested cocoa beans to be transported from their farms and communities to the urban centers for export.
He noted that the COCOBOD had taken over the implementation of the projects which were previously being undertaken by the Ministry of Roads and Transport.
Moreover, he indicated pledged to relay the concerns of the farmers to the necessary authorities for necessary steps of redress.

Mr. Boahen Aidoo urged the farmers not to give up in their contribution to the development of the nation in spite of the numerous challenges confronting their businesses.
Further audits also revealed the ‘outrageous’ cost components of most of the contracts, necessitating a directive from COCOBOD that the Ghana Highway Authority suspends works to allow them to review the rationalization of each one of the projects.
According to him, a joint technical committee from his outfit and COCOBOD, have met and produced a document to reconcile all outstanding cocoa road debts, to facilitate payments.
By : Richard Obeng Bediako / Kingdom 107.7 FM / / / Ghana / 2019

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