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Mr Peter Mac Manu, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) has assured staff of the industry regulator that the Board is working to address concerns about welfare and working conditions.
He said a number of decisions have already been taken in response to the needs of staff and in recognition of their hard work which contributed to a fruitful 2020/2021 cocoa season.
Mr Manu gave this assurance at an interactive durbar held for staff of COCOBOD in Takoradi, Western Region. The durbar was also an opportunity for Management to officially introduce members of the newly constituted Board of Directors to staff in the Region.
The Board Chairman acknowledged that the “exceptional performance” of the staff in the immediate past cocoa season was crucial to the attainment of a record high production volume of the season.
“I want you to know that your hard work has not gone unnoticed and so, on behalf of the Board of Directors, I want to say congratulations to you for a good work done”, he stated.
“Issues of staff welfare and working environment are obviously matters of concern to you. Be rest assured that the Board will not turn a blind eye to those issues and some important decisions have already been taken in that direction,” he added.
The Deputy Chief Executive in charge of Finance and Administration, Mr Emmanuel Ray Ankrah, reminded the staff that their commitment is critical to the drive towards creating a better and more resilient cocoa industry.
He also credited the staff with the record achievement of the immediate past cocoa season and encouraged them to give off their best, work together in harmony and with unity of purpose, in this 2021/2022 cocoa season.
“Because of the stelling job that you did for 2020/2021, under the distinguished leadership of our Chief Executive, we’ve been able to set a new record in the annals of cocoa production in this country, and we couldn’t have done it without you, who are important members of the value chain”, he emphasised.
He noted that the Board has resolved to work closely with staff, other stakeholders, the government and partners to achieve even more ambitious milestones in the present cocoa season and beyond.
The team earlier in the day inspected COCOBOD’s Katoen Natie and Kejebril Warehousing facilities.
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