Ghana is at a crossroad with series of agitations calling for leaders to #fixthecountry and make life comfortable for the average Ghanaian. The youth, in particular, have been agitating day-in-day-out for the systems work in the nation. So, when an ordinary Ghanaian gets hear of outrageous salaries paid to other Ghanaians, they get infuriated at the vast inequality.
Some public officials get a whopping amount at the end of every month as salary for basic things they do and delegate others.
The CEO of the Ghana COCOBOD, Mr Joseph Boahen Aidoo, commenced his work as a director in 2017. Ghana was at a point in time the largest producer of cocoa in the world, and currently, when combined with Ivory Coast, produces more than 60% of the world's cocoa. That is, cocoa is a big deal to Ghana and Ghanaians.
That said, Mr Joseph Boahen has a lot on his plate when it comes to delivery for the production of cocoa and its marketing. As to whether he is living beyond expectation, that is a discussion for another time.
Cocoa growing areas are bedevilled with issues such as poor road networks, inaccessibility to electricity and water sources, lack of funding for farmers, lack of storage facilities and fertilizer distribution issues, just to mention a few.
In the face of all these, the CEO of this organisation necessary for the implementation of policies set by COCOBOD, and solving of problems, has for himself GHS70,000 as monthly salary, in addition to other allowances he gets. This figure translates to GHS840,000 annually.
Mr Boahen Aidoo began in 2017, that is, he has spent four years in office. Approximately, he has acquired GHS3 Million over this period, just heading this organisation.
It is great to pay civil servants handsomely to work well, but shouldn't their emolument be tied to their work output?
I ask, should a single person be getting all these, when the figure can be life-changing for hundreds or thousands of farmers? If a critical look is taken at this, we can conclude that the payment the CEO of COCOBOD receives is very extravagant.
A critical look should be looked at for the payments these civil servants receive for work purported to be done. Actually, salaries should only be paid when targets for the set month is met and every other stakeholder satisfied with delivery.
As Ghanaians cry for the country to be fixed, we should look at how salaries are paid and whether they are merited. Any money salvaged should be used for development.
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