Bribery Claim Hits National Farmers’ Awards

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Woman Accuses Organizers  

The recently held National Farmers Awards, has been hit by bribery allegation, with a lady woman in the Central Region, saying she was denied an award, because she refused to pay GH¢5, 000 bribe, to those in charge of the awards.

The woman, Faustina Asamoah, a major cocoa farmer, who has since gone public, is convinced she was robbed of the award, simply because of her refusal to cough up the GH¢5, 000 bribe money.

Interestingly, she was called and informed that, she had been selected among three others and was billed to travel to Kumasi in the Ashanti Region, ahead of the awards’ ceremony last Friday, graced by President Akufo-Addo, the Minister of Food and Agriculture, among several other dignitaries.

Meanwhile in Prestea Hunni Valley in the Western Region, the District Best Farmer, John Enimil, has returned the items he received from organizers as the Overall Best Farmer for this year to the District Agric Office, claiming it is too small, compared to what he got last year.

In the case of the lady farmer from Assin Edubease in the Central Region, she disclosed that, she has won awards at both the district and regional levels, but was robbed of the national award, because the organizers of the 2017 celebrations, won’t give her the awards, unless she paid the money.

According to Madam Faustina, who revealed she has received awards in previous years told Adom TV, “I believe that I was short changed, because I didn’t pay the said money”.

The angry farmer, said days before the awards, the organizers paid an inspection visit to her farm, and before the team left, they “told me I should look forward to their phone call”.

The suspicious woman said, she was later called to be informed that, she had been picked for the national awards programme with three gentlemen and so she should prepare for the journey to Kumasi.

”I was called in the morning informing me that I had won national so I should get ready so they take me to Cape Coast then to Kumasi…” she added.

However, what was expected to be a dream come true was short lived as the following day, she was called on phone by the same man who earlier called that she had been picked and proceeded to demand that, she pays GH¢5, 000, to be giving to the one in-charge of the award.

Madam Faustina, said she was told the payment of the money, had become necessary because there were some women, who were against her selection, hence the amount.

She said, “the day before I was called that I had won, I was told that some women were opposing my award so I should get ¢50 million to entice the one in charge of the award. I questioned what the money was for, but he couldn’t tell me why.  So, I asked that he finds out but he came back with no good news except to say that he knew that I have advantage over so many things”.

The woman farmer said, a while later, she was called again and told that she was not selected and that it was just a slip of tongue that led to her name being mentioned in the first place and so she should forget about going to Kumasi where they were arranged to spend a week.

Interestingly, before the visits and many phone calls to her, the onetime district and regional farmer, had received an email announcing her selection as one of four best farmers to be awarded on the national famers’ day celebration.

“Moments later, he called to tell me that I didn’t win, but it was a slip of tongue. This was at a time I had received an email telling me I was among four winners’ three men and myself”.

She concluded that, she was snubbed because she refused to play the game of those behind the awards, hence they giving it to the highest bidder.

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