Mr. Kofi Koranteng, an independent Presidential aspirant, has raised concerns about the alleged deliberate harassment of traders in the Ashanti Region by customs officials, suggesting that it is part of a government effort to undermine businesses in the region.
In a strongly worded statement, he stated on Opemsuo Radio’s Nkwantannanso with Kofi Boakye on September 13, “What the government is doing to collapse businesses in Ashanti Region is a deliberate action. He knows what he is doing.”
Koranteng questioned the government’s commitment to digitalization, saying, “Our Vice President has proclaimed that everything is digitized. This implies that every transaction should leave a footprint or a record. So, why are goods sometimes seized, and businesses later asked to pay additional fees?”
He went on to criticize the government’s approach to supporting businesses, arguing that instead of aiding their growth, it appears to be actively undermining them.
Furthermore, he expressed skepticism about the recent increase in cocoa prices, asserting that this alone is insufficient. He urged Ghana to prioritize adding value to cocoa production, emphasizing that this strategy would not only benefit the nation but also generate significantly more revenue.
“We should be focusing on the value we can add to cocoa to benefit not only our nation but also others. Our failure to add value to cocoa results in revenue loss,” he remarked.
Mr. Kofi Koranteng, an independent Presidential aspirant, faced disqualification by the Electoral Commission of Ghana (EC) during his bid to contest in Ghana’s 2020 election, based on allegations of forgery.