Chief Executive Officer for COCOBOD, Joseph Boahen Aidoo has stated that the Cocoa Pension Scheme will be introduce in the first week of October.
Mr. Boahen Aidoo said it is a fulfillment of a manifesto promise President Nana Addo made during the 2016 electioneering period.
He made this known when speaking to Takoradi based radio station Skyy Power FM that was monitored by Talksafrica.com.
According to him, the necessary arrangements have been completed to ensure a smooth operation of the scheme.
He also said that,only outstanding issue is with a background investigation of the Trustees for the scheme, adding that “the Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service, is almost done with their work”
“It is something which is going to give some security to our farmers. Just as we have workers pension, we also want to have a pension scheme for our farmers. And it was part of the NPP’s manifesto in 2016″
He said the pension scheme for cocoa farmers was plagiarized by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in their 2020 manifesto.
He concludes that it’s rather late for them to propose this security for the farmers, as the Akufo Addo government has advanced work on this