The Regional Communication Officer for the National Democratic Congress in the Western North Region has described the payment of monthly salaries by President Akufo-Addo to his spouse and that of his vice as an act of wickedness and insensitivity.
Mr Sam Jerome, who is obviously fumed about the decision by President Akufo-Addo said cocoa farmer, who have been complaining of difficultyies and have been asking for government to release monies to the cocoa buying companies to pay them have been neglected for years by the president.
In early this year, there were growing concerns by section of cocoa farmers complaining of the various cocoa buying companies not paying them for their beans they, the farmers have sold to them for as far as three months. This, according to the farmers, was a major challenge to them at the time their children were to go back to school after government had announced for the re-opening of schools after the schools were closed in April 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kindly read the full statement issued by the Sam Jerome
FINDING MONEY TO PAY YOUR WIFE EVERY MONTH WHILES NEGLECTING THE COCOA FARMER UNDER THE GUISE OF NO MONEY IS AN ACT OF WICKEDNESS AND INSENSITIVITY
Irrespective of the unquestionable contributions cocoa farmers make in developing this nation, the government of Nana Addo-Bawumia can look in the face of cocoa farmers to say to them there’s no money and as such, can’t find one to purchase their extra cocoa beans. This is the frivolous and untenable reason assigned to the inability of the Nana Addo-Bawumia government in finding money for the purchase of cocoa beans to close the cocoa season of 2020/21.
In as much as this is inhumane, the cocoa farmers are still holding on to faith in anticipation that the government will listen to their plight and come to their aid. Very unfortunately, their faith seem not to yield any fruit.
Interestingly, the government which has stated and defended there’s no money meant for the purchase of extra cocoa beans and that cocoa farmers are to wait has found millions of cedis to pay the spouses of the President and the Vice President who have no define role in government. There’s no way anyone can equate the contributions of the spouses of the President and Veep to that of the cocoa farmers in nation development. We all know the extent to which the cocoa farmers have contributed thus far in building our country.
This singular act by the Nana Addo-Bawumia government clearly exhibit insensitivity and wickedness towards the cocoa farmers. Is the Nana Addo-Bawumia government saying their spouses are of much importance than the cocoa farmers? If so, then they should collateralize their wives for monies to develop the country as we do using the cocoa beans of the cocoa farmers.
This height of insensitivity cannot be allowed to continue whiles our gallant cocoa farmers still live in poverty and sufferings. As responsible opposition, we can’t keep mute over this deliberate act of wickedness.
We are hereby calling on the Nana Addo-Bawumia government to as a matter of urgency find money to the Local Buying Companies in support of the purchase of cocoa beans so to aid cocoa farmers live better like the wives of the President and Veep who contribute nothing as been done by the cocoa farmers.
Regional Communication Officer, WNR – NDC.