Ex-President John Mahama influenced the construction of the CRIG Guest House at Bole in the Northern Region for his personal comfort, COCOBOD CEO, Joseph Boahen Aidoo says.
He disclosed at a news conference in Accra Wednesday, the Guest House was needless at the time it was awarded to contractors.
But “President Mahama was said to have influenced the award to enable him to enjoy comfortable holidays during visits to his constituency,” he noted.
This, Mr Aidoo noted forms part of the past administration’s penchant for siphoning funds through inflated contracts and ill-conceived construction contracts in the cocoa sector.
He told media men the contracts were awarded without proper value for money audit and without other considerations spell out in the law.
He cited the CRIG Guest House at Bole as an example of the many projects that were undertaken without a value for money analysis.
Mr Aidoo also touched on the contract to construct a 50,000 metric tonne warehouse at Tema in the Greater Accra Region, which he said was not done with the interest of the country at heart.
“[The Tema project] was not considered to be financially and operationally prudent at the time since COCOBOD already had enough warehousing capacity at Tema to sustain its operations into the foreseeable future,” he said.