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A Pain Full Budget. Critical News, 10th March 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on March 10, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Here is my pain.  First night of the week, Monday night.  I get back from a day in the field and lights have been out since morning.  Ok, we should have power back by 6.30pm, so I catch a quick bath and try and have supper with a simple beam of light.  I am eating plantain and palaver sauce with fish tonight, heavy recipe for bone-in disaster, and wary of swallowing a bone and accidentally choking, I give up and decide instead to catch a quick nap and get some rest for when the lights come back on.  I have a lot of work to deliver in the morning and I am determined not to call my client and say “sorry, oh, no light so I could not finish”.  By 10.30pm I still have no power, so I throw in the towel and go to bed.  It is hot, it is humid and in the dark I am dripping with sweat.  I toss and turn for hours and then it starts raining.  A gentle drizzle at first and then huge torrents of it.  What relief.  The lights come back on.  3.45am.  I jump out of bed, rush to the kitchen and make a cup of coffee.  I settle down to work.  A loud clap of thunder and a lightning strike; lights out.  I am fully awake with my coffee and lost for words.  My trusty internet router with battery power, mournfully blue-lights me, waiting for the signal to start a web search.  I am a guest on Citi Fm on the breakfast show and I might just vent.  Where did I go wrong? I sit in the dark, my temples pulsating with anger.  For the first time since I returned, I wonder if the decision to come back home was the right one.  Pain full. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ghana @ 56; What Happened to the Promise and the Dream?

Posted by Business in Ghana on March 10, 2013

B.K. Obeng-Diawuoh, Bardstown, Kentucky USA

It is disheartening to note that Ghana, once the beacon of hope in Africa, a country so blessed with many natural resources cannot meet the most basic of its needs after more than half a century of political independence. Ghanaians today have no electricity and water. Over 40% of its citizens survive on less than a dollar a day, have no access to clean drinking water, uninterrupted electricity, basic health services, and formal education. What went wrong? Where did the promise and the dream go?

Yet any pragmatic discussion on the country’s economic situation degenerates into bickering partisanship, name calling, insults, heated tribalistic arguments that fail to identify the problems let alone address them. No wonder we are stagnating in our development efforts and even going backwards in some respects. I would like to draw readers attention to a very well written and well analysed article written by my dear friend B.K. Obeng- Diawuo, titled: Ghana: The Burden of Underdevelopment” Which you might not have read. So I am reproducing the original article here. Credit is due him. Please read on. Read the rest of this entry »

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