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Abongo Financial Management. Critical News, 12th April 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on April 12, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Don’t do as I did last Wednesday. Mad persons were greeting me on the sidewalk of Accra, because they identified me as a possible compatriot.

I am walking from one end of circle to the South Industrial area. Traffic is jammed and I am late to a meeting. Going in the opposite direction from Bus Stop heading towards New Times junction, I was in a taxi and were it not that the conversation was interesting because the driver saw himself an Occupier and recognized, my alter ego would have me on time at the meeting.

Basking in the glory of hearing an “ordinary” Ghanaian loading praises on Occupy Ghana, I had to make an emergency drop off to catch an Okada, because the supposed professionals manning the construction of the Nkrumah Circle overhead, had not allowed for the pedestrian overflow and we have ended up endangering the lives of the walking Ghanaian every time you use a footpath in the middle of the road.

So now I am on the back of an Okada, chasing time on a rainy day in Accra, heading to one of the worst roads in the city where fake repairers modify and doctor engine parts just to get facades of success. Of course the Okada is going against oncoming vehicles and I am as nervous as I could be since I stopped riding motorbikes forty something years ago.

As if to fibrillate my heart from the sedative of the taxi, my immediate lord of my few years of life – which I have dedicated to fixing some governance issues in Ghana – is taking risks my sixty-year-old heart is not finding easy to manage.

Now we are going through unfathomable trenches of water, mud laden and opaque to the point of fear of falling off the bike. I fake my destination and get off the Okada, only to hear the young rider ask if I am Sydney. But yes! How does he know me? His English is laden with good diction and I am impressed enough to ask how? Read the rest of this entry »

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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. Read the rest of this entry »

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Because I Want To Believe. Critical News, 14th December 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on December 14, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

The Auditor General Peter Quartey finally gave OccupyGhana his reply to our questions regarding his authority to disallow and/or surcharge public expenditure in the country as and when he detects it. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, we disagree with his minimalist interpretation of his authority and we intend a formal response to clarify our understanding of his duties to Ghanaians.

In the likely event that we do not find common ground, we will see him before the Supreme Court Justices.

But this week our President announced at the National Anti Corruption Action Plan (NACAP) meeting, all the great things we will be doing to dribble out the corruption bug. He also mentioned specifically some 300 people he had on remand on various corruption and related matters.

You see all that he has achieved? So we all jumped into the sortie. Who are these seasoned criminals amongst us? Can they be seen? Please publish the list so we make sure our names are not included. But alas, it has not happened. I would have thought if there was a list, getting it to the media would be a matter of “halt the press, the Criminal names are coming oooo!!”

Same way we have no clue about all the super contracts Government is undertaking despite calls for all the projects to be identified (as a matter of transparency) with amounts allocated and stages of completion, so also this list will NEVER be seen until Green Book time in 2016. Read the rest of this entry »

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It Will Not Work Like This. Critical News, 8th February 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on February 9, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

In secondary school, Accra Academy, 1966, one of our set books was King Solomon’s Mines, the narrative of Allan Quatermain, elephant hunter and explorer, and his adventures in the company of Danish man of action Sir Henry Curtis and Royal Navy officer Captain Good.

It made such an impression on all of us in the year group, we adopted names from the novel and assigned their characters to persons such as Scragga, the wicked bodyguard of King Twala.  Gagool, the witch doctor and chief advisor to Twala, was famous for being so ugly; and some persons found themselves on the wicked end of student humor throughout their five years.

But King Solomon’s Mines was significant for the use of “white mans” magic to mesmerise a more primitive community, displaying power and control over natural events, such as when a lunar eclipse conveniently presented itself to avert the sacrificial offering of the gorgeous Falouta.  Sir H. Rider Haggard’s novel was one of the best reads of our youth. Take a gander through the pages of King Solomon’s Mines from this link.

But what has been its significance in my life?  Acquiring knowledge to understand gullibility, ignorance and subservience by religion and poverty, why we hold on to mediocre existence in trepidation, scared of a return to a time when life was so bad, we gave up all and allowed Governments to take advantage of our docility.

I will borrow a quote sent by a friend because it is such a poignant phrase.  Winston Churchill. Read the rest of this entry »

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