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Archive for March 23rd, 2014

Waking Up from the Pipe Dream

Posted by Business in Ghana on March 23, 2014

By Charles Wereko-Brobby (Dr), Chief Policy Analyst, Ghana Institute for Public Policy Options (GIPPO),  tarzan@eyetarzan.org

“It is not worth the paper it is written on” is one of the most used sentences in everyday dialogue. It’s most famous manifestation is the 1938 speech of British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain describing the Munich Agreement with Hitler as bringing “Peace in our Time”.  Within one year, World War 2 broke out and the rest is history.

The Government of Nigeria, acting in concert with its Nigerian national Petroleum Company (NNPC), and its joint venture partners, Chevron Nigeria and Shell Nigeria, have finally come off the vacillating wall and told the Government and people of Ghana, that the agreement  to supply 123 million cu ft gas per day is not worth the paper it was written on .

This is the full import and meaning of the outcome of the Minister of Energy’s mercy mission to Nigeria which yielded the pathetic capitulation that no more than 50 million cu ft of our contracted supply can be guaranteed. Call me a war monger if you like, but as with 1938, Ghana must take this Nigerian slap in the face as having bloodied our nose, sabotaged our economy, and tantamount to a declaration of war. Read the rest of this entry »

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Gas From Nigeria At Your Own Peril. Critical News, 23rd March 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on March 23, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

NPP presidential aspirant Nana Akuffo Addo back in the fray.  NDC Secretary General Asiedu Nketia starts plotting his demise even before the NPP followers have decided who will lead them.  Very presumptive on his part, but a good booster for Nana, I assume.

Announcing his intentions last Thursday, the seventy-year old Nana Addo says he will give this presidency thing another go.  NPP followers certainly think he packs one more thump at least, NDC probably hope not.

If it is a matter of age and experience against youth and what we are witnessing in Ghana at this time, I suppose the electorate will decide.  Certainly, the NPP will let us know very soon after they hold national elections whether their most suitable candidate is Nana.

Yet I wonder if Alan Kyeremanten will come any closer this time?  Whether the likes of Joe Ghartey will compete?  And if any new faces or some of the eighteen who jockeyed for the slot to succeed Kuffuor will come up again.

I suppose this time round the NPP feel confident they have identified and will close all gaps at the polling booths and maybe for the first time since we started voting in this country we will get a true and accurate vote. Read the rest of this entry »

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