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Archive for December, 2012

In The Supreme Court, Governance Reloaded. Critical News, 30th December 2012

Posted by Business in Ghana on December 30, 2012

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

End of the year, the last Critical News of 2012 and next year starts off just as exciting if not more exciting.  We have traveled a very interesting path this year with economic success and political peace pipes, yet there is so much more needed.  Our oil discoveries are improving; we have $3billion of Chinese money to spend and looming judgment cases in court.  We have major legislation to enact for freedom of information, economic policies to change and another year fighting the banks for access to capital.  Industry has to grow and the Ghana Stock Exchange has finally announced that it will introduce a new Ghana Alternate Index (GAX) to encourage small and medium enterprises to list on the market.  All encouraging and exciting and we must show the will to change and implement.

So the New Patriotic party filed its challenge to the 2012 election results and Johnson Asiedu Nketia of the NDC said publicly that any idiot could go to the Supreme Court in Ghana.  Well, some idiots filed a petition to challenge, according to them, the idiocy of an attempt to manipulate the future of Ghana by his party. Read the rest of this entry »

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Inhale, Hold it, Hold it ……… WOYOME! Critical News, 23rd December 2012

Posted by Business in Ghana on December 23, 2012

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

This past week Mr. J. K. Zormelo was moved to insult me for bringing up what I considered critical news for the week.  He posted a comment to my blog, labeled me a “bigot” and a “very bitter person”.  Read it here.  I was amused and provoked enough to reply his comment.  I hope I got it right, but sometimes writing a piece does not cover all the thoughts adequately and it can turn long-winded and tortuous, but I am impressed that he wrote and gave me an opportunity to explain a little more of my thoughts.  You are welcome Mr. Zormelo.

Next Sunday I will write the final Critical News for the year.  The NPP would have filed their case by then and we will have a lot to “talk” about.  Before then I am looking ahead and wondering.  What happens if the NPP presents a solid case and convinces the Supreme Court that it was a fraudulent election?  The judges have one of three actions to make.  Ask President Mahama to step down and out, direct for a re-vote, ask that President Mahama stay on as President and the EC must ensure that we have a clean and no-rigging protest in 2016. Read the rest of this entry »

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My Fair and Free Election Prediction, Shackled in Court. Critical News, 16th December 2012

Posted by Business in Ghana on December 16, 2012

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

I admitted last week, my prediction that this election would be a two-round affair and then an eventual NPP win was wrong.  This week I am back to my prediction.  I did not factor in a possible manipulation of the voting.  The NPP is heading to the Supreme Court, they must know something I do not and maybe they have evidence to which I am not privy.  Smarting from eating humble pie, I did some introspection and decided to go over some ground to really position my analysis.  I spoke to many friends and family and some key associates and I tried to get information directly from the Electoral Commission.

From the EC website, there is a lot of origional information, and I found the list of constituencies by Region and associated polling stations.  You can also find the names and code numbers for each polling station, so you know the registered voters per constituency and per the 26,002 polling stations.  What I could not get was the actual number of persons who voted in each polling station and also the final count of the voters verified through the Biometric Voters Register (BVR).  If you recall, in the run up to the voting, Dr. Afari Gyan had said No Verification, No Vote (NVNV).  He also made it clear that if the number of votes in a station exceeded the count from the BVR, that polling station would be disregarded. Read the rest of this entry »

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Intertek Extends Oil and Gas Capabilities in Ghana

Posted by Business in Ghana on December 12, 2012

Issued on behalf of Intertek by The BIG Partnership

As part of its continued growth in Africa, Intertek, a leading global quality solutions provider, has invested in the expansion of its services to the petroleum industry in Ghana.

Intertek has opened a new technologically advanced calibration laboratory in its Takoradi Port facility, launched earlier this year to provide independent petroleum industry testing and inspection. The introduction of calibration services will build on this to serve a wider customer base in the growing market. Read the rest of this entry »

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We Have a Same New President. Critical News, 9th December 2012

Posted by Business in Ghana on December 10, 2012

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

My prediction was entirely wrong.  The exact opposite of what I thought would happen is what went down but I am not embarrassed to say that I was off point.  Until 10 pm last night, we were not sure there would be a recount in some constituencies and whether or not we would be in a crisis.  But Dr. Afari Gyan came out to announce John Dramani Mahama as the new President elect and so we are there.  Well done, Mr Mahama.

And well done also, to the NPP party and Mr Akuffo Addo.  It was a hard fought battle and the spoils of the fight went the other way.  It could have been his chance, but not this time.  He might have another shot at it if he can handle the next four years as an opposition leader.  The NPP will look at the drawing table and decide. Read the rest of this entry »

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WHERE IS OUR $14 BILLION, MR. PRESIDENT?

Posted by Business in Ghana on December 4, 2012

By Eric K. Edusei, USA

The NDC Administration has mismanaged this economy and will eventually paralyze it beyond repair if conscious people do not ensure a regime change, by voting them out of office. This Administration has recklessly contracted loans over US$14 billion for purposes that cannot be justified by any stretch of imagination when cost to value is factored in. Have Ghanaians so soon become economic entities without a dream that we should succumb so easily to gifts instead of questioning our leaders about their qualities, vision and capabilities, before relinquishing our sovereignty to them? Read the rest of this entry »

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Franklin Cudjoe’s Last Words for a Violence-Free Election

Posted by Business in Ghana on December 2, 2012

As has become the tradition with elections in mostly less predictable developing countries, prayer is not just the key to assuage our fears, it has become a nationally sanctioned profession of our faith even if we are not deserving of the mercies that flow from it since most of the time the prayers are not backed by God-intent.   However, we need it now even if for the sake of it.

So, Christians and Muslims must pray for peaceful elections. Elections are about making choices for progress. Simply cast your vote for the party or individual you believe shares your vision for respect, civility, progress and a predictable future. There is no need to perform this sacred function with violence. You must under no circumstance sell your vote for pittance, be it a car, a house, a bag of salt, cassava farrine, rice, because your life and choice are worth more than these.

Please demand from the buyer of your conscience what measures he will put in place to ensure a constant flow of these freebies to the critically disabled and more crucially how his activities can put money in your pocket to buy the very goods, health, insurance, your future and those of your relatives. Never sell yourself for a pot of gold. Be the gold from which all the glittering must light the path of darkness, despondency, poverty and disease. Ghana will be fine. God bless you all.

Franklin Cudjoe is founding President of IMANI

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The NDC Cannot Win The Election: Why?. Critical News, 2nd December 2012

Posted by Business in Ghana on December 2, 2012

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

At this same time next week, each one of us will know whether our prediction for the election is correct.  We are voting on Friday 7th December and despite all the noise and fear of violence and war, we are forging ahead with our own checks and balances and traditional peace pipes that have smoked in Ghana for long.  By next Sunday when I sit down to write another Critical piece, Ghana will either have a new President, elected an incumbent or deferred the decision for another 21 days to the end of December.  I have no intention of sitting on the analyst’s fence this last week.  If the election goes a second round, and I believe it will, the NDC will not win another term.

Here are my reasons, you can judge whether I have seen it coming accurately or not. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Threat Of Electoral Violence And To Peace Is Real !!!

Posted by Business in Ghana on December 2, 2012

Ben Ofosu-Appiah,  Tokyo, JAPAN.

As Ghanaians prepare to go to the polls next week to elect the 6th Parliament of the 4th Republic and a new President, the threat to peace and Ghana’s image as a budding democracy on the African continent is real. There is a heightened level of tension in the country that must be diffused.

In the last week alone several very disturbing news items indicating pockets of violence in certain parts of the country during political campaigns have been reported in the media. The first was a report on ghanaweb.com alleging that the President’s motorcade was prevented from entering Kyebi the hometown of Nana Akuffo-Addo to campaign by the youth of the town. As usual there was different versions of what actually took place but one thing was clear such lawless activities by uncontrolled and lawless bunch of individuals is what starts the sparks of violence. If care, caution and restraint are not exercised, the potential of real violence breaking out cannot be contained. Read the rest of this entry »

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