The Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) has jumped its defence over government’s audit of the cocoa roads project.
The Communications Manager at COCOBOD, Fiifi Boafo told an Accra base media that the audit was necessary.
“Management was of the view that certain things were not clear and there was the need for us to have a better understanding of what we are committing state funds to…. For instance if a road that was supposed to cost 17 million balloon to 100 million and you take over as management and you want to go ahead and do it without asking questions or getting experts to advice you, and you go ahead, we do not think that is a better way of doing things,” he said in an interview on Eyewitness News.
Fiifi Boafo’s comment was in response to the position of the Minority in Parliament that the expenditure was illegal.
“…What the Akufo-Addo government has succeeded in doing is to waste millions of the tax payer’s money on illegally procured audits not sanctioned by the Auditor General. We are aware that $10 million has been paid to one of such illegally procured private audit firms owned by a member of Akufo-Addo’s Council of State and at the right time, we shall make the chilling details available to the Ghanaian people,” he said.
He also questioned why “after almost three years in government, not a single official of the erstwhile Mahama administration or a single contractor has been indicted for any inflated, fraudulent or ghost cocoa road project,” since the audit was to expected to uncover fraud.
But Fiifi Boafo dared the Minority to produce evidence to their claim that $10 million was spent on the audit.