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Suggesting to You in Slooooow Motion. Critical News, 28th April 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on April 28, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

I spent half a day of my life on Saturday with the Driver Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA).  Getting caught in the rain wasn’t part of the deal (oops, I think Indomie has that plug).  Boy, it rained.  Torrents of it.  I could barely see more than fifty meters on the motorway as I headed out to Tema.  Four accidents and two hours later, I pick up my “helping hand” who would take me through the whole process of car registration.  We came out from a very efficient, tagged and uniformed testing center; fast, easy and organized, no one asked for a bribe and I paid the publicized twenty-three cedis and forty-three pesewas and exited after a brief paper inspection.  Private enterprise.  Sweet.  Making our way to the DVLA in Tema, navigating potholes, half submerged in trenches and rivulets, all roads leading to the DVLA a mess of arterial connections.  The reason was clear when we eventually got there.  The yard was full of “license contractors”.  Nobody wears a uniform or badge.  Don’t know who works there and not and I am listening to my masterful guide explaining the mechanics of how to do this in the fastest possible time.

As it is, the process is very simple.  Give the man a whole lot of money, don’t ask any questions and just sit back.  Well, I couldn’t do all that, so I parted with the cash and raised some objections.  End result?  It cost me three and a half hours of my life.  My money had disappeared and all I had was the trust of a guide I did not know from Anabi Issah.  Now I understood why the insolence of potholes and where the DVLA money goes.  I got the number plates in the end, a square and a rectangle, I asked for two rectangles and I was shown the yard next door where business is brisk and you buy an additional plate if that is what you want.  And I am not joking, after I asked that they press me a rectangle, DUM!  Now I am convinced someone has my number and I am going for deliverance when the Election Petition is over.  It took another 38 minutes off my life waiting for SOR! Read the rest of this entry »

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9 Graves and Two Veeps. Critical News, 5th August 2012

Posted by Business in Ghana on August 5, 2012

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Ghana could not get any more exciting before the funeral of our late president so I went to see a play at the National Theatre on Friday.  A Slave’s Story.  It was only when the stage credits were mentioned that I realized the cast was mainly from the Asiamah family from the UK.  I was not impressed with the play and it added nothing to my knowledge about the souls of our ancestors.  There was some music talent and some acting talent, but overall, it was a less than mediocre performance for me and I relegated it to the annals of an end of term performance by some high school students.

So I went to the Home Coming of my alma mater, Bleoo!, Saturday.  A refreshing encounter with old class mates, letting your hair down with friends you spent seven years of intense rivalry and competition, observing the young ones who just cannot believe that I left Accra Academy before they were born.  So superior!  My year group is now the true “Old Boys”.  I can recount amusing and interesting stuff and in those days totally revolting.  But that was then and here is now.

Sunday, I was privileged to be at the Ghana Association of Writers presentation in honor of President Mills.  I heard some wonderful talent and music and I came back charged with new hope that Ghana at least can manage its creative talent and develop beyond Azonto.

Now, me and Martin Amidu, we are still waiting for the Supreme Court to announce when they will hear the case he filed against Woyome, Vamed and Waterville, to establish the legality of the financial engineering that probably never was.  This week, Mr. Amidu filed another case against Isofoton and others including the Attorney General, again in a judgment case previously determined and a second payment from the people’s purse.  I am yet to meet Mr. Amidu, who is fast becoming my favorite Ghanaian and I hope he at least reads some of what I write.  If Martin can do this, where are the other Ghanaians who are privy to the corruption pockets and have access to information that will help unravel some of the detail?  We have a Whistle Blowers Act in place and surely, there must one or two public servants spirited enough to spill some beans? Read the rest of this entry »

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