An American businessman in Ghana and Managing Director of Plant Oil Powered (POP) Diesel, Claude D. Convisser, is accusing the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Sarah Adwoa Safo, Sanitation Minister, Cecilia Abena Dapaah, as well as their respective ministry of theft of trade secret after he had submitted his business proposal to them.
According to the businessman, his company somewhere in March 2018, proposed to supply all schoolchildren under Ghana School Feeding Programme in the five northern regions, a daily Alafei Foods’ High Protein Vegetable Sauce meal at a very low price of 0.50 pesewas per child.
He explained that his company, POP Diesel/Alafei Foods’ business plan was to involve some local growers in the north by supporting smallholder farmers to grow jatropha tree for its inedible fruit seed oil, which the Company, has expertise to use it as fuel to replace diesel fuel at 100 percent concentration.
However, soon after the proposal was delivered to the Gender Ministry, the officials at the Ministry, have been avoiding him and refused to grant him and his business partners an audience to discuss how the plan would be accomplished to the benefit of the good people of Ghana.
But to his surprise, the business plan, has been allegedly stolen and taken over by some American Organized Crime Mafias in Ghana, who are into sanitation business through collection and processing of waste matter and water.
In a petition sighted by The Herald dated Thursday, october 14, 2021, and addressed to the Attorney General’s office at Tamale said, “This Company first proposed in March 2018 to supply all schoolchildren enrolled in the Ghana School Feeding Programme in the five northern Regions a daily portion of Alafei Foods’ High Protein Vegetable Sauce at the very low price of GH0.50 per child meal, which would guarantee every primary-age pupil between half and all of his or her daily protein requirement and thereby permit the Government to end childhood malnutrition, presently endemic, in the North”.
The petition titled, “notice of claims for conspiracy, violation of constitutional rights to administrative justice, and theft of trade secrets against minister for gender, children & social protection, Sarah AdwoaSafo Minister For Sanitation & Water Resources Cecilia AbenahDapaah and their ministries”.
He claimed, “This company has requested a meeting with Minister Sarah AdwoaSafo since she first took office in March 2021 and submitted our updated Proposal to her twice, but she has completely avoided meeting with us. I recently learned that she is on a “leave of absence” and that Minister for Sanitation Cecilia AbenahDapaah is acting in her stead”.
The businessman argued that, “while the Ghana Constitution makes provision for Deputy Ministers, it makes no provision for a Minister approved by Parliament covering a completely different subject area to act in place of another minister in an unrelated Ministry who takes a leave of absence”, insisting that, “The Ghana Constitution requires the exercise of discretion to be fair and without caprice, prejudice or criminality”.
Mr Claude D. Convisser, also talked about how the purported American Organized Crime Mafia in Ghana, has tricked the Akufo-Addo government and other West African countries and its officials with particular on sanitation issues but with the ultimate aim of gaining access to smallholders farmers in order to influence them into growing illicit drug crops for export to the consumer market in Europe, and others.
“The attached Memorandum spells out in part how the American Organised Crime Mafia claims as one of its core businesses the collection and processing of waste matter and water, how this Mafia has inveigled itself upon Government of Ghana and the Governments of other countries in West Africa and officials thereof with particular focus on sanitation issues, how this Mafia seeks to steal his Company’s business plan, and how this Mafia ultimate aim is to gain access to smallholder farmers whom it can convert to growing illicit drug crops for export to consumers in Europe, North America, and elsewhere” he claimed.
According to him, “POP Diesel/ Alafei Foods’ offer to serve school children across northern Ghana is part of an integrated and fully sustainable business plan that revolves around supporting smallholder farmers to grow jatropha tree for its inedible fruit seed oil, which the company has expertise using as fuel replacing petroleum diesel fuel at 100 percent concentration, and supporting them also to grow food crops which will process at an industrial site central to the growing area, sharing profits with them”.
“This company is willing to take a loss on providing Alafei Foods’ High Protein Vegetable Sauce to school children in its catchment area of northern Ghana because of this service will permit the company to develop positive relations with smallholder farmers in villages across the North whom company would like to partner with upon demonstration and then replication of its agricultural and industrial model”.
He said, “Minister Sarah Adwoa Safo is the daughter of, and heir to, the founder of Kantanka Automobile Company Limited. The American Organized Crime Mafia has stolen POP Diesel’s trade secrets surrounding the Company’s USA-patented equipment for enabling any diesel engine to run on pure plant oil diesel engine fuel. Her absence from the Minister’s office is connected to a conspiracy with private parties connected to the Mafia to have Kantanka assemble diesel engines and vehicles in the future to run on pure plant oil diesel engine fuel or else biodiesel, a more costly and environmentally damaging alternative fuel”.
He also claimed that, “Minister Cecilia Abena Dapaah’s acting as the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection is intended to award concession, letter of intent, or off-taker contract to a third party company connected to the American Organised Crime Mafia who would in place of POP Diesel/ Alafei Foods serve Ghana School children their own vegetable sauce”.
“Such an initiative is intended to displace POP diesel from the north and to ingratiate villagers to the Mafia’s front companies for the unlawful purpose eventually of cultivating illicit drug crops”, he stated.
Mr Claude D. Convisser, warned that, “Unless this matter is resolved POP Diesel’s satisfaction within the next thirty (30) days, POP Diesel will seek as relief’s injunctions, special damages and general damages in amounts yet-to-be-determined”.
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