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Show Me The Wakinns. Critical News, 25th May 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on May 25, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Have you ever had to charge your phone for twelve cedis?  Fuseini and his team at Madina got the benefit of my largesse when I force stopped at their workshop.  Desperate and needing to put some juice in my phone so I could ask for directions to where I was heading, “Lucky Boys Cleaning System” off road side also needed fuel for their generator so they could finish off some orders; “dumsor” since morning had pushed them to the brink of contractual failure.  It was 5.35pm.

Donning bright yellow decorated T-shirts and jeans, glorified underpants on display in defiant repugnance, we worked out a compromise.  I would buy a gallon of petrol and they would plug my phone in for as long as I needed.

I was pleased to help some brothers out, leverage a dig at ECG with this piece and middle-finger Government for its non-delivery of a Better Ghana.  I have never understood the slogan anyway.

So thanks guys, “abusua” forever.

I don’t know what more to say about Subah Infosystems, GRA and motorbike contracts and unraveling JOSPONG Group sagas.  Every where you turn, either Jospong or RLG is taking free tax-payer money and walking away or some government official is lying about how cash actually kind of oozed into their bank accounts.  What is going on with these two companies is simply boggling. Read the rest of this entry »

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One Casket Too Many. Critical News, 18th May 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on May 18, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

I lost my sense of humor after I spent three challenging days with Paul Victor Obeng, someone I did not take to in the PNDC days but subsequently after his departure from that Junta, I met often and appreciated better the challenges of managing a party which made up its ideology as it went along; more in-fighting than out-managing the affairs of state.  Fondly, as PV, he explained more to me about the inside dynamics of governance than I dare write.

This past week we joked about your memoirs and when it would be ready, we watched Bukom Banku win a fight well into the night while I censured you for staying up too late, to, once again be in the youth space.  When you pitched words throughout the commentary to one Azonto song or the other, we all laughed with and at you.

But we parted Akosombo as you went off to meet with the Ministry of Finance team to urge them to speed up work on the Public Private Partnership law, now a necessary pillar of the Senchi turnaround strategy.

PV what can I say to make it easy on those you have left behind.  Following Kofi Ansah and Asenso Okyere, I don’t think I can find a casket your size in Ghana.  May you rest in peace.  Damirifa due due.  Damirifa due.

The week was dominated by stories from the National Economic Forum held at the Royal Senchi Resort near Akosombo, where we were “senchified” with the letters “RSR”.  For my compatriot Franklin Codjoe and myself, we found a meeting of minds so experienced; we simply soaked the knowledge and contributed our quota as required. Read the rest of this entry »

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See Saw, Down and Down. Critical News, 13th April 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on April 13, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Barclays says the economy is on a downward rollFitch says stable down to negativeIMF revised growth down from 8% to 4.8%Reuters says currency has depreciated 14.6% this year, down in comparison to the same time last year.  The Africa Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) says we have transformed backwards and we all in Ghana who belong to any credible independent think tank, buy kenkey from Osu or have an independent analytical view, say Ghana has gone down and lost its economic alleyway.

But our Government says things are looking up, so which seesaw are you riding?  Where is this economic seesaw headed if not bloated-debt down?  By the way, Government has still not taken up my suggestion to publish a list of all borrowed money and purposeful use.  How dare my impudent self, suggesting such a good governance thing?

As children you remember how you get on a seesaw and if the heavy dude in the neighborhood sits opposite, you know you don’t have a chance in Kotobabi to leverage your weight down hard enough to enjoy the thrill of the up and down.  You won’t even get the chance to crunch down and bump the other side higher into the air or even the sudden jump off to see how the opponent arrives to earth.  The children still do it today. Read the rest of this entry »

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Purchasing Joshua Pre-Ordained. Critical News, 30th March 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on March 30, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Poverty makes you fight over petty matters that have no consequence on the end result and future of your being.  You fight over scraps that in reality are not worth the time, except for the loss in value of your place in a queue, the loss of a piece of petty real estate and the pent up aggression from unpredictable electric supply and water which has to be head-panned for meters, half of which is lost before you get home.

My peeps around the corner of the block got into a mega fight at 6.30am on a Sunday morning when instead of planning how much to tithe from meager wages, they tore each others hair out because one had placed a table in front of the others kiosk.

I refused to break them up and destroy my morning rhythm, just as confused as them, thinking thoughts of a looming economic crisis, a Government in denial and Presidential advisors seemingly incapable of figuring out the problem.  As far as I am concerned.

I started an acceptance standard last week.  I suggested we all lower our bars of expectation in order that we live less stressful lives and accommodate the inefficiencies of our Governments and their struggle to sort out “challenges” as they are wont to label them, just so we can all get along painlessly. Read the rest of this entry »

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Missing Babies, Wrecked Booths and Broken Gears. Critical News, 23rd February 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on February 23, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Exactly a day short of a year today, President Mahama refused to acknowledge the Election Petition challenge in his State of the Nation Address.  His concerns on that day were “dumso dumso”, water matters, unemployment and security problems.  Now, with the election petition gunned down, the remainder situations are becoming culture.  No solution to the water crisis, “dumso” is back, unemployment is raging mystified and National Security is in your community space with “rambo” style early morning raids.

I disagreed with JDM’s State of Nation 2013 and I disagree with him again this year as he worsened the matter and postponed his address to the Nation.  For no reason.  “Unforeseen circumstances” means, “I am not in charge of my situation”.  It means there are other concerns far more important than this, but I will not explain, in case you think it is frivolous.

Anyway, we have a date for next Tuesday 25th for the Constitutional State of the Nation address.  Whether JDM will honor his promise to the people of Ghana is another matter. Read the rest of this entry »

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