President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has made a number of new appointments within the various state institutions and departments, which has seen former Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing under the erstwhile Kufuor administration, Hackman Owusu-Agyemang taking over as the new Board Chairman of Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD).
Also on the list of the new appointees are Stephen Amoah, for Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC); John Kumah Youth Enterprise Support (YES) and Emmanuel Asigri for National Youth Authority (NYA).
Mr. Owusu-Agyemang takes over from the immediate-past Board Chairman of COCOBOD, Daniel Ohene Agyekum, who served as Ashanti Regional Minister and Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States of America under the National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration.
His appointment comes at a time when Dr. Stephen Kwabena Opuni, the immediate-past Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of COCOBOD, is being investigated by the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) over corruption allegations.
Mr. Owusu-Agyemang is expected to use his wealth of experience to assist the new CEO of COCOBOD, Joseph Boahen-Aidoo, former Western Regional Minister under the Kufuor administration, to restore sanity to Ghana’s cocoa sector, which was rocked by massive scandals during the tenure of Dr. Opuni.
The MASLOC, under the Office of the President, which was embroiled in a corruption scandal during the last days of the Mahama-led NDC government, now has a new CEO, Stephen Amoah, who was appointed by President Akufo-Addo.
Mr. Amoah, investment consultant, former Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Kencity Media Group of Companies and Deputy National Coordinator of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), and owner of Zintex Farms, Palm Plantation, at Nkawanda in the Eastern Region, takes over from Sedina Tamakloe Attionu, the immediate-past CEO of MASLOC.
Also appointed by the President as CEO is John Kumah, a young New Patriotic Party (NPP) activist and lawyer, who would head the Youth Enterprise Support (YES).
Mr. Kumah takes over from Helga Boadi, who was appointed by ex-President John Mahama.
Meanwhile, Emmanuel Asigri, a former District Chief Officer (DCE) for Garu-Tempane District of the Upper East Region, under the previous Kufuor administration, has been appointed by President Akufo-Addo as the National Coordinator of the National Youth Authority.
Hackman Owusu Agyemang
Mercy Yvonne Debrah-Karikari
By Melvin Tarlue