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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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Confusing The Big Man On High. Critical News, 6th April 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on April 6, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

What does a man who owns A Rolls Royce in Ghana look like?  I wondered as I wandered through the Golden Tulip Hotel in Accra, surreptitiously ogling any man I thought would fit my owner-description for the sleek black Rolls parked half up the curb outside the Tulip.

As I entered the lobby, I Ghana-friendly extracted who owned the topmost car status symbol from the door guards whether the person was Ghanaian.  And he sure was.

Elated and suddenly proud to be Ghanaian I puffed my chest and dared any of the expats crowded at the counter to even dare suggest that we wallow in poverty in Ghana.  If the Golden Tulip was good enough for visitors to queue for a room in this four star hotel, the status symbol of wealth parked outside was good enough to push us into a middle income economy.

So I cased the lobby and trundled through all the rooms and the restaurant, looking for my quintessential Rolls owner, determined to befriend and congratulate, just to get a flavor of the daring that says a Ghanaian just like me can flash wealth in an ailing economy classified as “heading for crisis” and be free to do so.

I knew he was male, such as I had gathered from the entrance, but I did not see anyone I could say for a fact fit my description of a Rolls Royce owning Ghanaian.  And why was it my concern? 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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