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2½ Years and A Scorecard. Critical News, 18th January 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on January 19, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

This past week, a frenzied activity from the NDC Communications team to counter what, I have no clue. Because their secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia went public to admonish their own for criticizing Occupy Ghana and labeling us hypocrites, because in Fiifi Kwetey’s mind we are closet NPP supporters, because we are determined that good governance must be the norm and not the aberration in Ghana. Because we are a group of Ghanaians with a clear path to eliminating corruption.

And we have had a lot of social media commentary advising that we ignore idiots and carry on with what citizens have come to wish for; good governance.

Neither the NDC nor the NPP have really asserted themselves on the corruption issue to correct the simple constrictions in the way we handle public theft and procurement.

Our poke at the Auditor General to use his powers of disallowance and surcharge has ruffled many feathers and the sleepers at the helm of the country have suddenly woken up to their usual platitudes and promises of a better Ghana despite the inertia to implement what could have been achieved decades back.

But instead of acknowledging that yes, they have not done and could have done better and improved matters so that we as a people see the benefits of good governance, they resorted to personal attacks and insults, yet calling for meetings in the background to discuss a way forward if we can hold fire for a moment.

And it is this deliberately underhand way of political perpetuation that is so disingenuous it leaves you thinking whether our whole approach to electing parliamentarians should not be changed to attract a better quality of individual.

Look for example at the fuel pricing matter (and we are planning our way forward to the law courts if required), there is clearly, to Occupy Ghana, a breach of the law. We have said so publicly. It is all in the price build up and the latitude taken by Government to use the ex-pump price as a political vote grabber.

The NPA has lost this court argument once, but the disingenuity is instead of being mindful of the law and staying within the guidelines, they continue on the same path and just a few days ago, the minister of finance announces that they intend making it legal through a “corridor” of control to limit fluctuations.

We need total deregulation of fuel prices in Ghana. They do it in Kenya and Rwanda. What is wrong with our economy? Or is it the politicians? Or the Institution heads?

Can’t we just do what is proper and right? Is there so much money in Ghana and is it so easy to steal that our leaders just take what they want without any permission from anyone? Not even the minister of finance? Or the Controller and Accountant General? Is it maybe a guided Lucky dip?

If in Occupy Ghana we can nurture a level of integrity such that all Occupiers will take on a public and civic responsibility and enter office with such high standards and commitment to constantly change and improve our lot, we would have succeeded in kick-starting a generational change that might cascade into future decades of glory for the black star of Ghana.

I will publish my collection of Critical News in book form next month. Something tells me it is time and I hope I am able to bring some reading to the market and leave a legacy of thought to all who care.

I refuse to be dragged into thoughtless vituperations of a nouveau riche class who don’t understand that we need more than just mediocrity. Even their insults on well-meaning Ghanaians are below par.

So lets turn our attention to much more important things.

The NDC and NPP are in a challenge for who does more cocaine trafficking. Can you imagine that we can put all the mega issues aside and start a media war about whose government can mass the larger quantum of the drug?

While the Naa Ayele Ametefe VVIP route and the accomplices are lounging in posh houses on bail, her highness “Cocaine Ayele” is sitting in a British jail in her orange suit, checking her sexiness and biding her time to the eight year count down.

So far, other than the primary suspects we have all heard of, nothing has moved on the case except the usual adjournment.

We adjourn more cases in this country than anywhere I know of. The UK has tried and convicted Naa Ayele. Her alleged accomplices are still waiting to hear if they have a case to answer.

God bless our homeland Ghana and make our nation strong and free.

And of course we now know that Ms. Lorretta Lamptey is a former head of the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice.

The panel empowered by the Chief Justice is ready to move with possible removal and we can only hope they do the right thing and serve notice to managers who have received capacity building in laziness and incompetence, that sometimes in Ghana, just sometimes, the law does work. So watch this space. I have my eyes glued firmly on this one.

Someone sent me a whole litany of achievements of the NDC Government, but I could not see them. Instead I made my way to the one place he has mentioned and sung praise to the Lord in public.

I visited the Kwame Nkrumah new interchange “tourist center”. It is adorned with concrete pillars, partially completed overhangs, deep gulleys and lots of orange tape with no markings for pedestrians. It is unique in the way goro boys control the road barriers, having emptied them so they can move them back and forth and collect fifty pesewas from impatient taxis and trotros in a tango of energy that venerates the origional highlife of yore.

It is an interjection of the landscape, the rise from Tesano, stretching across to the pipe-open end of Kojo Thompson Road and from there a winding bend toward Obetsebi Lamptey circle and on towards Korlebu and the rest of the West side development as it links to the yet to be defined Rapid Bus Route.

From the persistent and dirt resistant traders who adorn the road side, at odds with Okadas and foul stinking gutters and plastic debris I marked the site down with a big 2.5% but wondered whether it was because I just did not have the right glasses to see the magic of development.

It is a view of displeasure and discomfort to know that it might even be twice as expensive as we have been told.

I am perplexed what defines a tourist site. Maybe because I am not the village type, I take too much for granted. I should go back to where there is no electricity and no pipe borne water. But I live in Accra, no?

The Black Stars better win all their matches and restore this country as a great football nation or forever stay in Equatorial Guinea. I am tired of supporting a losing team.

Yet what am I complaining about? After all we don’t even have a league this year. How serious are we? Our major sport is locked up in court and there has been no serious attempt to negotiate it onto the football pitch.

You know what it tells you? There is no serious money to be stolen; that is until it is at the international level. Shame on the GFA. Maybe we need an “Occupy” event to shake them up a little. But I have no sympathy for a white coach. We don’t need one; we need to do this for Ghana and Ghanaians by a Ghanaian.

Ghana, Aha a ye din papa. Alius atrox week advenio. Another terrible week to come!

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