Speaker goes wild over fake cocoa chemicals

Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Aaron Ocquaye, has summoned the Minister for Food and Agriculture, Kennedy Osei Nyarko, to appear before the august house over alleged fake cocoa insecticide being sold on the Ghanaian market.

The Speaker who became alarmed over the unapproved sale of insecticides to unsuspected cocoa farmers has therefore directed the ministry to issue a disclaimer on the circulation of the fake cocoa insecticide known as ‘Rockstar’ on the Ghanaian market.

The directive followed a question from the Member of Parliament (MP) for Juaboso Constituency in the Western Region, Mr Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, who expressed concern over the dangers the chemical posed to cocoa farms as well as the health of farmers.

The Deputy Minister for Food and Agriculture, Mr Kennedy Osei Nyarko, who the Minority in Parliament attempted to prevent from answering the question on behalf of his boss, Mr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, revealed that the issue had come to their table and investigations were on-going.

He said the findings of the investigations would be ready by the end of this month (May 2018).
Based on claims by the deputy agric minister, the Speaker therefore directed that the substantive minister appears in person to present to Parliament the outcome of investigation into the matter on 5th June, 2018.

“Since the report will be ready by the end of May, the first Tuesday in June, he [the Minister] should be ready to appear before this House and apprise us of the situation. The first Tuesday of June, the house will like to know what the report says,” the Speaker said when he delivered his ruling on the matter.
 

Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH

Writer’s email: franklin.asare-donkor@todaygh.com

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