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Enough Said, No More. Critical News, 2nd February 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on February 2, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

On 31st January it rained.  Very hard for two hours.  Accra flooded, Ashaiman changed its streets to mud lanes, ditches and potholes sucked huge gulps of aqua divine and the trotros and taxis had a field day, breaking every road rule they have been stopped from executing with the recent police controls on streets and side walks.

Ashaiman has the enviable reputation of sneezing burning tires, terrorizing their Municipal Chief Executive, Okadas and energetic youth roaming the corners, picking and fleecing inattentive visitors who don’t understand the mixed culture of the community.

I wondered though if Lord nature had found a compassionate strand for Ghana this week, whether it was tears after hearing the truth from one of its apostles, Rt. Rev. Stephen Richard Bosomtwi-Ayensu, Methodist Bishop in Obuasi, and decided to irrigate Accra, not planning, like Mayor Oko Vanderpuye for the flood prone areas.

On a pulpit at the Obuasi Black Park to his congregants and fellow priests, Reverend Bosomtwi-Ayensu simply said enough of all this mess.  He was not angry at the town folk, he was angry at President folk.  The President is slow. It’s as if he and the Government are suffering from stroke. He seems so unconcerned about our suffering. Times are so hard and life is simply unbearable. He must wake up to realities and stop sleeping on the job”. Read the rest of this entry »

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World Bank Stirs Truth In Contempt. Critical News, 7th July 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on July 7, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

I had two could be catastrophes last week, worth mentioning.  Before I get there though, I just want to say that the Ashaiman Municipality responded very swiftly to the call for repairs to the major roads in the area.  Not only did they grade and smooth over the crinkles and pot holes in the towns, they also forethought to water down the dusty roads all last week, eliminating the Sahara swirl and saving us the pain of walking with handkerchief-covered mouths as if we would soon have to conform to some new form of Sharia.  The Ashaimanese put Jah in their stride, with a calm confidence, that their message is clear and life will remain normal till they determine otherwise, as close as you can get to an Egypt uprising in Tahir Square and even as I heard many people condemning the Ashaiman riot I wondered whether the bigger wrong is not that of Government.  After the riots, they found the money to engage a contractor to fix the road.  What was the mindset previously when all this was so visible?  It is the same with all Government machinery.  Platitudes deftly layered with pretentious care in a mold of financial distress.  Ashaiman showed that there is a limit to civil engagement. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ashaiman Rising, Heroes Faltering and KPMG Confused. Critical News, 30th June 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 30, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Monday 24th, I set out to a day’s work in Ashaiman.  This weekly ritual since October last year has made me a virtual resident in the Municipality.  But just at the Accra side of the motorway, I answered a friendly call from a cautionary voice.  “Best not to come all the way to the end of motorway; turn off at Abattoir and come round Adjei-Kojo”.  Moments later, “change the plan, stay away from Ashaiman today, lets meet tomorrow instead, Ashaiman is on fire!”

The week before, I arrived at the Ashaiman spur just at the end of the motorway and circled round as usual into the straight entry into Ashaiman.  Unlike other days, the traffic was light and free.  The usual trotros and long haul vehicles were parked on the sides and there was a gathering to the left of the approach, where an open space with fitter shops (the traditional flooding ground in the rainy season) was hosting the Ashaimanese (I like this label, sounds very Burma primeval-forest-tribe-like, don’t you think?) driving community.  I moved on quickly, conscious of the meeting time and grateful that for once I would not have to make excuses for the traffic and Goro boys who come close, yet never fender-bend, deftly turning, confidence carved from experience. Read the rest of this entry »

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