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Calabash Full Of Holy GYEEDA Water. Critical News, 26th May 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on May 26, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Sure as can be, we are back with the bad old days on all fronts.  Rains came down this morning; lights went out, making the already four-week drought of water from Ghana Water a more miserable existence.  My Chinese meter is still running double time despite a visit from some chief wigs of the ECG and I have to express my disappointment at Finance Minister Seth Terkper’s new moves to shore up his cash flow problems.

This is a collective resignation from protest.  Most Ghanaians I talk to are simply tired, worn out from our incapacity to move up another gear and drive an uphill agenda to tackle the myriad problems bedeviling us.  I had to buy a tanker-full of water, because I cannot live without it.  All week, we have had a pilgrimage of yellow gallons balanced on dainty eight to thirteen year old heads, miserably traipsing to the nearest oasis to fetch water before school starts.  Others choose “klempe tsinsin” as the Ga people call it, half the water spilling on the bumpy uphill pathways back before they start their day.

Yet my President is on a podium on Africa Union day, spouting about the African Renaissance.  His speechwriter forgot to tell him that you must at least have water and power for industry and even critically, citizens MUST have all the basic human necessities and then they can think, plan and live.  They will not pitch into any mirage-renaissance until they can wake up in the morning, look outside and not see their flooded gardens with gutters carrying the worst kind of non-degradable material, floating amidst black plastic bags of human excrement and step intrepidly into the day’s activities. Read the rest of this entry »

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Restore Faith and Trust in our Democracy

Posted by Business in Ghana on May 26, 2013

Ben Ofosu –Appiah,  Tokyo JAPAN.

Ghana Fails Governance and Accountability Test

Ghana is a relatively stable democracy but one with a bad governance record. Democracy does not just mean paper guarantee of abstract liberties and rights, and the holding of general elections once every 4 years. Democracy is supposed to improve the living standards of the people and the rulers must be held accountable by the ruled. One of the biggest abuses of human rights in the country is the government’s lack of allocation of resources to improve the lives of the poor in our society. We have become so insensitive to the plight of the poorest of the poor, the unemployed, the rural folks, the sick and the handicapped in society, we just do not care. The government is committing a huge human right abuse by ignoring the weak, the sick and the poor while grabbing everything in sight for themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

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