The acting Chief Executive Officer of COCOBOD, Joseph Boahene Aidoo, has described as outrageous, the GHC 70,000.00 monthly salary that the former head of the same company, Dr. Stephen Opuni was taking, adding that he has decided he won’t take such mammoth remuneration during his time as CEO.
Speaking on Skyy Power FM’s Jolly Breakfast Show Thursday, the former Western Regional Minister, stated that he has not taken a dime as salary since he assumed office as the Acting CEO of the entity. He says this is so because it is the Board that fixes his remuneration, and the new board has just be sworn in.
According to him he took the decision not to take that much as his monthly salary during the transition period when, as a member of the transition team for the Agric sector, he discovered the salary that the CEO of COCOBOD (Dr. Stephen Opuni) was taking.
“I was part of the transition team that looked at agriculture, and this issue of CEO came up during the transition. When I saw the figure that the CEO was pocketing at the end of every month, I was terrified, and so I told myself, from the bottom of my heart, that I won’t accept such a salary. I won’t take it, yes.
“Oh, this is outrageous. It is outrageous. It is a fact. I am not someone who likes money. Everybody who knows me knows how I am. So in my own heart, that is the decision that I have taken,” he stated.
When the Host of the show, Samuel Kojo Brace, tried to raise the argument of the nature of work of the CEO, and how rightful it may be for the CEO to take home that much, Mr. Boahene Aidoo said the argument must not be taken from that angle, but rather the love for country.
“Oh, no. That’s not how it should be seen. Yes, there are lots of risk associated with the job; travelling mostly, leaving office late, and so on. But despite all of these, you must consider your country, and where you’re coming from. So if you are determined to work, you should know that it is not an easy job, but you must know where you’re coming from. I have decided not to look at the money I will make from this position, but rather the legacy I will leave behind,” he stated.
By: Abraham Mensah/Emmanuel Baiden/Skyy Power FM/Takoradi