President Akufo Addo’s right-hand-man and cousin Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko has discredited the President’s 2017 promise that his government will provide one chocolate bar per student.
According to him, this will boost the consumption of local cocoa products.
During the October 2017 World Cocoa Day celebration in Kumasi which coincided with the 70th-anniversary celebration of the establishment of the Ghana Cocoa Board, President Akufo-Addo said his government had already received support from some international chocolate companies to kick-start the programme to provide chocolates to every student from the basic level to secondary schools.
“It is for this reason that the Ministry of Agriculture through COCOBOD, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection through the School Feeding Programme, and the Ministry of Education through the Ghana Education Service, are to ensure the sustained provision of cocoa beverages and chocolates to school children from primary school to secondary level,” The President said.
“… [our] target is to provide every Ghanaian students with a bar of chocolate or cocoa beverage each day whilst in school,” he promised, claiming that the policy will boost local consumption of cocoa products.
However, during an interview with CITI TV’s Face-to-Face programme, Mr. Otchere Darko said he has never heard of such an elaborately outlined programme of a government to which he is highly regarded as the “de facto Prime Minister”.
He told the stunned interviewer that he was hearing about the promise for the first time.
“Ow really, one Chocolate, that’s interesting. I see but I never heard of that promise. But it’s actually a promise that I think we should push it. You know for two reasons, 1. It will help the industry, 2. We need to grow this culture of consuming what we grow,” Gabby said.
President Akufo Addo is a subject of ongoing criticisms for his unfulfilled promises. This has earned him the nickname “King Promise”.