The hypocrisy of Mr. Hackman Owusu-Agyeman has stunned many workers of COCOBOD.
Just a few days after he made public the monthly salary of the former CEO of COCOBOD, Dr. Stephen Opuni and claimed it was too much and a toll on the tax payer, he has rejected a new 2016 Toyota Landcrusier offered him by management in his capacity as Chairman of the board of COCOBOD because it was not the latest edition.
He therefore demanded and got a new 2017 V8 Landcruiser (tear rubber) costing $ US84,775 (GH¢373,010 or 3.7 billion old Ghana cedis). The standard features of Hackman’s vehicles are;
#5.7L V-8 Engine, 8-spd auto w/OD Transmission,
#381 @ 5,600 rpm Horsepower,
#401 @ 3,600 rpm Torque,
#Four-wheel Drive type
#ABS and driveline Traction control
#1st row regular express open/close sliding and tilting glass Sunroof
#18" machined aluminum Wheels
#Front air conditioning, dual zone automatic
#Rear air conditioning with separate controls
#Driver and front passenger heated-cushion
#Heated front seats
Many workers at the headquarters of COCOBOD in Accra have been stunned by the purchase because of Hackman’s own demonization of Dr. Opuni for what he earns in a month.
“At 76, what else does this man want in life after all that he has gotten even as Minister for Foreign Affairs and later Interior in the Kufuor government? You reject a new car only because it is 2016 edition and because it did was not a ‘tear rubber’.
Yet, this is the same man who was whining about the monthly salary of our former CEO. What kind of character is this? Is this not hypocrisy?” an angry worker of COCOBOD who was in the company said.
Meanwhile, investigations by this paper indicate that the ban placed by President Akufo-Addo on the purchase of new vehicles by his appointees is only a smokescreen. On the quiet, the appointees are buying new vehicles from different showrooms especially in Accra, Tema and Kumasi.
By Isaac Allotey