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The Blinkards in Flagstaff House. Critical News, 24th February 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on February 24, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Friday night 8pm, I am looking for a taxi to get into Accra.  I live on McCarthy Hill and sometimes I don’t not feel like driving into the city.  Standing by the side, a trotro curb-stops and a young woman, maybe 28, gets down with a child on her back and another in tow.  She makes sure to mention to the “aplanke” that she has luggage in the back.  With the child balanced securely, she takes out two bunches of plantain, a sack full of cassava, and a basket of other food items.  She then hauls all these and a carry bag to the side with the help of her six-year-old and starts the hassle for another trotro to take her to Lapaz.  She carefully counts the agreed fare and I shudder with guilt.  Her fare from Kasoa is one cedi eighty pesewas, protected in her white “religious” handkerchief. She can’t afford to lose a pesewa of this money.  The taxis are asking for twenty cedis to go to Accra, a fare that used to be ten.  I abandon my two-hundred-cedi expenditure program, uncomfortable with the disparity in our spending priorities, and turn back home.  This defined the State of my Nation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Brief Report On The Presidential Election Petition In Ghana

Posted by Business in Ghana on February 24, 2013

Prepared by the Executive Director of the Danquah Institute, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko (gabby@danquahinstitute.org).

The international community, generally, endorsed Ghana’s 2012 general elections as  “free and fair.” Ghana, the star of democracy in Africa, had done it once again for Africa. John Mahama, the declared winner, was duly sworn in, without any violent protests, on January 7, 2013. But, the biggest opposition party in Ghana filed a petition in Ghana’s supreme court, (the first of its kind in the country’s history), challenging the presidential results. It is noteworthy that since the first election of Ghana’s Fourth Republic in 1992, 2012 was the only other time that a majority of the political parties (5 out of 7), which participated in the contest had come out to raise major concerns about the conduct of the polls. Indeed, the second runner-up and leader of the Progressive People’s Party, Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom, is on record as saying, “I have been involved in elections since 1992 and this is the worst in terms of credibility.” See link: http://www.theafricareport.com/News-Analysis/ghana-election-results-another-party-backs-npp-fraud-claims.html. But, what really is the substance of the case of the opposition New Patriotic Party, which is contesting the results in court? Is it, as observed by a cynical senior figure in the UNDP, “another opposition party in Africa crying foul”, or another defining moment in Ghana’s history; a necessary non-violent, constitutional move, worthy of commendation, to correct and secure the integrity of elections, hence, the future of democracy, peace, stability and development in Africa? Read the rest of this entry »

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Launching Africa’s Information Highway

Posted by Business in Ghana on February 19, 2013

Distributed by the African Press Organization on behalf of the African Development Bank.

The African Development Bank Embarks on an Ambitious Program to Revolutionize Data Management and Dissemination in Africa

TUNIS, Tunisia, February 18, 2013/ The African Development Bank (AfDB) (http://www.afdb.org) has launched an ambitious program to significantly improve data management and dissemination in Africa. The ultimate goal of the program is to facilitate wider public access to official statistics and to support countries in their efforts to improve data quality and dissemination for better policy formulation, monitoring and evaluation. The program was launched in November 2012 as part of the Bank’s broader statistical capacity building program in Africa. Work has been going on concurrently in several African countries and institutions and has been completed in the following 13 countries and one Pan-African institution: Cape Verde, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and the African Union Commission. The plan is to finalize the development and installation of data portals in all 54 African countries and 16 sub-regional and regional agencies by the end of July 2013. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Better Subsidy Agenda. Critical News, 17th February 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on February 17, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Last Sunday night, Government announced increased fuel prices 15% to 20%.  No proper announcement and no formality.  We woke up, some to Church, others to play a sport or two, others to write a column.  Stopped by the petrol station only to be told that the pump prices have gone up.  Calibration not yet in place, prices not displayed, you depended on the attendants to calculate on a piece of paper and you were told how much to pay.  This did not include jet fuel, of which there is a strident shortage.  Someone most likely got a tip-off and gouged some profit and the rest of us idiots were left in the dark.

In the run up there had been a lot of noise about lifting fuel subsidies again and a repeat of all the arguments to do and not to do.  I heard a very novel argument by Kofi Bentil of Imani at the CiTi Fm radio show.  He offered that, though he was a strong advocate to remove subsidies, because he and many other Ghanaians could not trust that Government would put the “savings” to proper use, leave the subsidies in place. Read the rest of this entry »

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Let Me Chalice You a Penalty. Critical News, 10th February 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on February 10, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Former Deputy Attorney General, Ebo Barton Oduro is either very smart or he operates from the point of view that there are plenty stupid Ghanaians, including his fellow MPs at the Vetting Committee.  First he refuses to accept that there is a difference between an education qualification and experience gained from practicing at a profession and then he blocks all questions that could lead to some discussion on judgment debts.

True to his record he reinforced his position that there is no point making fine corrections to poorly presented documents.  After all, the NPP have boycotted the session, who cares about what the rest of Ghana thinks?  His job is to vet and vet and if the opposition does not care, why need he explain to Ghanaians who elected him to that seat?  The Ministers will be passed through anyway.  Do we need to prolong the agony?  Same style with the Woyome decision, no case to answer.  It is a pity that we are not more incisive when it comes to such matters. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oleeee, Oleee, Olee, OYE. Critical News, 3rd February 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on February 3, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

We went past another milestone when Parliament accepted that Nana Oye Lithur could be made Minister for Gender, Children and Social protection.  Like many other new descriptions and positions created so far by Government, I don’t know what that job entails, but I am glad Nana Oye was nominated and accepted.  We will debate the ministries issue later when Kwaka Baako comes back from New York, where he is chilling for a while.  But I will say here and now that President John Mahama has no problem with gay rights.  It has nothing to do with Mr. Solomon sitting to his left at his book launch, it has more to do with what I asked him at another book launch.  JDM believes in protecting citizen rights; that I know for a fact, because he knew where Nana Oye was coming from before he nominated her to ensure that the rights of the underprivileged in society would be catered, and I asked him and he clarified at a public event. Read the rest of this entry »

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