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To Join A Corruption Cult. Critical News, 28th July 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on July 28, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Takoradi’s rats trump all I have seen so far in Ghana.  Bold, brazen, fearless, they meander through the sewers in the market circle foraging and picking the choice bits as they feed fat on throw-away “tsofi”.  Yep, Chicken and turkey “tsofi” is not illegal in Takoradi.  It sells all along the roadside from Winneba to T’di and beyond.  It is only in Accra we think it is illegally unhealthy and make a big deal of it.  For the Takoradi rats it is a delicacy, dare anybody arrest them for partaking.

We have done something right with the Winneba-Cape Coast-Takoradi road.  It is smooth and comfortable, maybe too many twists and bends, but it is weathering well and it makes you wonder why we don’t have many more such networks to make business easier.  You can do the Accra-Takoradi return trip in a day, takes roughly three hours one way and it is rather safe, with a few strategically placed police barriers and some speed bumps, which everyone ignores as they keep the speed up at between 100-140 km/hour.  I was way up at this speed limit for the journey and enjoyed every minute of it.  Don’t we need an Autobahn in Ghana?  I was doing 120 and staying ahead of the curve.  This BMW shot past, belittled me and left a fleeting fine spray on my shield, made me look like a tentative rookie driver behind the wheel.  When I did catch up with him at “God Loves You” (this great restaurant a few months ago, which has deteriorated so fast the food quality was a major let down), the seventeen-year-old driver could have borrowed his father’s car to sport the giggling four-inch-heeled, twelve-inch-above-the-knee skirted chicks, and I was left with childhood memories that couldn’t trump these Amazons.  My only consolation; these are the days of “Sakawa” and cocaine dealing so how can you tell? Read the rest of this entry »

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Football Is Not Our National Sport: Try “Financial Leakages” And Revenue Diversion

Posted by Business in Ghana on July 28, 2013

Prof. T. P. Ulzen, tulzen@yahoo.com

A middle aged man is driving to Cape Coast from Accra. Around Awutu, he overtakes the car ahead and round the bend, he is flagged down by the police. He is told that he has exceeded the speed limit. He does not dispute this and is told he will “be processed” for court in Winneba at 10:00am the next morning, to which he agrees.
The policeman is seemingly perplexed. The driver reiterates that he will present himself at court the next morning and asks for the officer’s name. This upsets the officer but the driver says “it’s on your shirt anyway.” but the officer gets increasingly upset, asking “why do you need my name?” The driver says “you are a public official doing your job. I just need your name and number for reference for the court hearing. You have taken my licence so I must be sure of who you are. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Improvement of HealthCare Delivery & Managing Its Cost Is Everyone’s Business.

Posted by Business in Ghana on July 28, 2013

By KwakuAdu-Gyamfi (Voice of Reason), Asuom, Kwaebibirem District.

Can our fragile NHIS withstand the pressure and demand of its services?

Ghanaians certainly have more choices of food than ever before. We now also have relatively more access to hospitals, clinics and medicines, and therefore should be a healthy society. But, Ghanaians’ health has been declining and our average life-span is reducing over the years.

To promote and improve on health care delivery and health wellness the people and government of Ghana need to think of healthcare system in a holistic approach, by  looking at the interrelated elements that affect the health of our people.

First, the food we consume has a major effect on our health. For example, the sugar, salt and fat content of our diets are perhaps  accelerating our speedy journey to the health facilitates and grave yard prematurely due largely in part to our blissful ignorance of what is actually killing us so sadly. Read the rest of this entry »

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Conversations With The State And Judgment Debt

Posted by Business in Ghana on July 28, 2013

AMIDU TRAP NO AKYE BELA

In those days,

Amidu’s woes were probably,

Woyome’s cruise

then,

Think my son, think!

Think not like the crab

who lost its head

by trying to save its ears

on following friends, think

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How Africa Can Transform Land Tenure, Revolutionize Agriculture, and End Poverty

Posted by Business in Ghana on July 22, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC, July 22, 2013 Sub-Saharan Africa is home to nearly half of the worlds usable, uncultivated land but so far the continent has not been able to develop these unused tracts, estimated at more than 202 million hectares, to dramatically reduce poverty and boost growth, jobs, and shared prosperity.

According to a new World Bank report, Securing Africas Land for Shared Prosperity, released today, African countries and their communities could effectively end land grabs, grow significantly more food across the region, and transform their development prospects if they can modernize the complex governance procedures that govern land ownership and management over the next decade. Africa has the highest poverty rate in the world with 47.5 percent of the population living below US $1.25 a day.

Despite abundant land and mineral wealth, Africa remains poor, says Makhtar Diop, World Bank Vice President for Africa. Improving land governance is vital for achieving rapid economic growth and translating it into significantly less poverty and more opportunity for Africans, including women who make up 70 percent of Africas farmers yet are locked out of land ownership due to customary laws. The status quo is unacceptable and must change so that all Africans can benefit from their land. Read the rest of this entry »

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After The Evidence, The Real Truth. Critical News, 21st July 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on July 21, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Cape Coast city center stinks.  Once the Crown Capital, the roads surrounding and between Kotokraba market carry a putrid smell of rotting debris and fish commingled with body smells and heat that does not easily welcome the sensitive tourist.  The travel to Cape Coast is still an excellent one and commonsense driving (except for Mankessim) makes it easy and incident free, until the directionless city and stench hit you and the roads fail to impress.  Poverty engulfs you in Cape Coast.  It is unfortunate and it is sad, because it has all the trappings of the best tourism in Ghana.

However, it does not compete with the rot yet to be made public from the GYEEDA report suppressed by Government, contrary to what we heard when the commission of enquiry was set up.  Also totally contrary to the Government that pledges an open and transparent dialogue with the citizens of Ghana.  From what I know about GYEEDA, the corruption runs deeper than this Government will ever reveal.  The key ministry responsible was Youth and Sports.  Akua Sena Dansua, Rashid Pelpuo and Kofi Humado each at different times as Ministers, signed these contracts without much oversight.  Most of these contracts are yet to be executed and the sums of money involved are clear.  Read my earlier disclosure from here.  The GYEEDA modules are not sophisticated.  Actually they are rather frivolous and clear mechanisms to siphon money from other funds for other purpose.  The Mahama Government is most complicit in this.  They either knew or were a part of the schemes or they did not, which is even worse, because it was right under their nose, within their own Ministries.  Both Deputy Ministers of Finance Seth Terkper and Fifi Kwetey as well as the Central Bank Governor were all part of and are all still in this Government.  The Civil Service structure is still in place and they know what went down.  Former Finance Minister Kwabena Duffuor is pretending he is out of Government and thus had nothing to do with anything, praying none ask him a question.  But we are going to go there, just as we are going to look at LESDEP, YESDEC, Beach Brigade and many other social protection schemes not accounted for.  And whilst I am here, let me say that there is also a ghc552million discrepancy in Government’s accounting that has not been explained. Read the rest of this entry »

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M’Luds We Are Not Tired, Just Challenged. Critical News, 14th July 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on July 14, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

I am a sore loser in football.  The French or what we were expected to accept as a French side eventually won the Under 20 FIFA tourney on Saturday.  Watching their black players stop all our brilliant moves from the flanks and especially Pogba holding Assifuah and Acheampong to the berth, only made it worse for me when I got to know that Pogba is of Ghanaian origin.  For long we have struggled to control the age thing in the Under 20 and Under 17 games, but I think it is now time to look at ethnicity as another feature to control.  French people are not colored black, so to field a team with 9 black players and a mixed race goalkeeper, who was the key reason we could not get the ball into the net, increased my pain considerably.  These “Senegalovarians” (young men from Senegal, Togo, Mali, C’ote D’Ivoire) they sported were bigger, tougher, faster and seemed to be under some kind of spell to win this competition.  Even our prayers right there in the middle of the pitch could not blind their keeper; divine shots from the Golden Boot, coming at him from all sides.  Look, Americans are a mixed race, British are one third black, Chinese are never black and French people are predominantly white.  We should not change the order of nature just to win a FIFA cup.  I am a sore loser in football. Read the rest of this entry »

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Press Release On The Transparency International Global Corruption Barometer Report

Posted by Business in Ghana on July 9, 2013

By GHANA INTEGRITY INITIATIVE, Accra, 9 July 2013 

Introduction

This morning, Transparency International will release its Global Corruption Barometer, 2013 simultaneously in all the countries covered by the survey and where it has country/local chapters. The GCB 2013 reveals that “More than one person in two thinks corruption has worsened in the last two years although survey participants also firmly believe that they can make a difference in the fight against corruption and have the will to take action against graft.

The Global Corruption Barometer 2013 is a survey of the public’s perceptions and experiences of corruption in 107 countries covering 114,000 people in all. In Ghana, a total number of 2000 people were surveyed, comprising respondents from two MMDAs in each of the ten administrative regions. Read the rest of this entry »

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US Embassy Must Be Open And Transparent On GMO Debate In Ghana

Posted by Business in Ghana on July 9, 2013

PRESS RELEASE:

by Food Sovereignty Ghana,  9th July, 2013.

Following our call for a ban on the importation, cultivation, consumption, and sale of genetically modified foods and crops in Ghana, until the people of Ghana are satisfied that such an important and irrevocable decision is a sound and proper one to make, Food Sovereignty Ghana has received an invitation from the US Embassy in Accra to a CLOSED DOOR “Roundtable Discussion and an Interdisciplinary Presentation on biotechnology at the US Embassy on July 10”. After a careful deliberation we have decided to turn down the invitation because it does nothing to advance our cause for a public debate on the issue. We believe that it is of primary importance for the general public to know and evaluate the arguments for and against the introduction of GMOs into our food chain. We have decided to issue this statement to call on the US Embassy to join us in our call for openness and transparency in this very important national conversation by engaging us PUBLICLY. We hereby announce our readiness to critically examine every single claim in favour of GM technology. Read the rest of this entry »

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Abuse of Judicial Power Through Contempt of Court

Posted by Business in Ghana on July 7, 2013

by Dr. Agyenim Boateng, July 7th, 2013

In my opinion, the fundamental issues or principles involved in the so-called recent contempt of court trial were sidestepped or ignored by some of the so called legal and political pundits. The  issue of freedom of the press and freedom  of speech, though stuck out like a sore thumb, yet  some of the   much tooted “ legal gurus”  including law lecturers and political  commentators  described  the  “Kangaroo trial” as fair.  They embraced the capricious and arbitrary sentencing as appropriate, as even some felt the unjust verdict as teaching lessons for the culprits, in this case, the victims. Albeit other potential citizens who may challenge the Justices on the abuse of their power to silence the fundamental rights of citizens   on their free speech under the constitution. What a misuse of judicial powers! Read the rest of this entry »

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