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Dead Goat Reload. Critical News, 5th April 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on April 5, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

It is always refreshing and invigorating to step back in history to remember some of the important things which shaped our future and might have made us totally different persons had we only be minded to think critically of what we set out to be.

During the Limann PNP administration in the run up to that stupid 31 December coup, we missed so many opportunities to correct significant aberrations in the constitution and what we could have prevented at the time.

Fogged with so many perils soon after it took up government and with severe economic downturn, inflation running at 70% and more, a result of military adventurism with no purposeful agenda than to maim persons out of personal vendettas within the armed forces, Hilla Limann and his team had so much chance to correct so much.

I remember a very good friend Ato Austin was expelled from the youth wing of the PNP at the time because he suggested on an open platform that Government should not, in the face of severe economic hardship, devalue the currency.

Accused of leaking party secrets without authorization and raising alarm in society on delicate matters pertaining to the economy, he rebelled and later made a name for himself for single mindedness and forthright talking.

My favorite “missed” opportunity though, was on the appointment of an Ombudsperson, which would be the CHRAJ job today, of Mr. S O. Gyandoh, at that time a lecturer at the Ghana Faculty of Law.

At his vetting, Mr. Gyandoh said he was not aligned to any political party and therefore would do his job impartially and without favor to anyone and on any party lines. He said he would do a professional job as befits the legal practice worldwide. Read the rest of this entry »

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The State of My Nation. Critical News, 1st March 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on March 1, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

I get rather melancholy every March. It is Heritage Month and I seek for many answers to the myriad thoughts and consults I have pondered since the beginning of the year. Following on the heels of a New Year resolution and many problems of financing Xmas and New Year, I kind of get an upbeat feeling just thinking about how much I can achieve before the year comes to an end.

But already February has ended and I am wondering what I did these past two months?

So I play my two most inspirational heritage songs and plan for the best. Painful that my friend and bosom creative confidant, Amandzeba Nat Brew has detached somewhat and left a vacuum in my artistic offering, I still search for some inspiration from his wonderfully crafted “Wogbe”, a song that has inspired many a historical moment.

Then I latch on to Osibisa’s “Woyaya” and remember how we gave Kutu Acheampong such a hard time as students, belting out the chorus with thrilling meaning, confident that one day “we will get there; heaven knows how we will get there; we know we will”.

Now we have a “Yam” and we are deprived of basic light and water, not to mention the environmental filth we have to live with and a dithering, directionless government whose president says to be cynical is a bad show of allegiance.

Well, for another year in so many, I am looking at the state of my nation and I see it rather differently from what I heard on Thursday from the President. Read the rest of this entry »

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Because I Have To Believe. Critical News, 28th December 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on December 28, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Mahama gave us light for Xmas and we all accepted the bribe; he forgot to instruct the Ghana Water Company to do same. Reminded me so much of Kutu Acheampong.

And I didn’t join the “Shatta Movement” at December to Remember on 24th night. These “Shatta-ians” were doing cartwheels, throwing themselves on the floor, jumping higher than Gazelles in heat and conveying everything depicting fanatical. I can’t do that so I remain with other milder movements.

Asamoah Gyan graced the show, got some mention from DKB, whose comedy is lifting the standup challenge to new heights.

For too long we have absorbed the low-cost efforts of Opia and Egya Koo, and I think it is time to have some mid-level comedy on a new plane. The fact that we could laugh at ethnic varieties and tease Asamoah Gyan and Sulley Muntari without threat of arrest, even in the face of “kpa kpa kpa” made a great show.

And Stone Bwuoy was worth all the money in the world. Definitely talent surpassing everything I have heard in Ghana for a long time not to leave out Ketche.

No women this year, the billed MsVee never performed but Afia Swharznegger definitely made up for all. Her infectious humor connected with the audience who were definitely clued into the local politics. Read the rest of this entry »

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Going, Going, Mo-Go-On? Critical News, 7th December 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on December 7, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Just a few more days to the end of the year. It has been a tragic year for me and I would like to see the back of it with some renewed vigor into 2015. Unfortunately the budget forecast into 2015 is so “de bii kɛkɛ”, I can’t see my way to a glorious transformation in the medium to long term.

I have lost many close friends and family this year from accidents and illness, I keep my fingers crossed that the coming year will be a bit more lenient.

I can’t help but observe though, that Bishop Duncan Williams must revisit his prophesies and ask his maker whether he correctly interpreted the arrival of Ebola in Ghana by the end of November. I am sure he prayed hard for it not to come true and communed with the Lord to stay this plague away from Ghana, but for his sake, I wish he could have deflected the engine failure of the Presidential jet to compensate.

President Mahama had to, above all days arrive three hours late to the greatest farmers day event on the calendar of the year, when some principalities tampered with the engine. He had just come out of a prayer gathering with the Bishop and some associates when this happened. Principalities seem to have a thing against jets in the air, because TB Joshua’s temple also collapsed from revolving jets not too long ago.

Yet all this did not prevent Chief Justice Georgina Wood from determining a prima facie case for the start of investigations into the removal of CHRAJ boss Lauretta Lamptey. Read the rest of this entry »

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God Bless Our Homeland. Critical News, 21st September 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 21, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Before I get into anything meaty, let me just note that Kirk Koffi at the helm of the Volta River Authority does not have a clue what we expect from him. Last week I regurgitated a story where he said “dumsor” would be over within two weeks, putting the date by the end of this month. This week, we are going through the worst “dumsor” in a long time.

The Electricity Company cannot even give us a schedule of when power would be on or off, a pretty dismal state of affairs, which can only be described with a four-letter word.

I have no faith in what they are saying, I don’t believe any more that those tasked with solving our strategically important needs can do so. Water is intermittent, power is irrational and floods are predictably consistent with any volume of rain.

So Kirk, we don’t need you to come and lie like a politician. Tell us the truth and nothing but. Leave the false promises and permanent postponing of solutions to those who have acquired that specialist skill and give us a small ray of hope that at least our technocrats have some clue.

So. Today is Kwame Nkrumah’s birthday and designated Founder’s Day by the NDC Mills Government. I am by no means an Nkrumahist so the day is a good opportunity to read some history and reinforce my belief that Kwame rolled back any gains he bequeathed to Ghana when he turned on our constitution and created a constitutional dictatorship, which he built for his own purpose and self-propagation. And for the record, it should be a Founders Day. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Face of 2014. Critical News, 5th January 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on January 5, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

We arrived in 2014, Fortiz announcing that they are now in pole position, 90% proud owners of Merchant Bank and will move in soon to start providing exemplary banking services to Ghanaians as we move into Better Ghana Banking, notwithstanding the appeal in court and the possible decision in Parliament’s emergency session next week.

Unfortunately, one young lady literally crossed over on Xmas eve and will not see what 2014 has to offer.  It was a sad moment, Patience Tetteh at Assemblies of God traditional night literally crossed over after the New Year vigil.  Patience “damirifa due”, you are a sad loss to many in the family.

Other than that and the fact that nothing works properly in this country anymore (oh, except for the Registrar General’s Department – there is some good work going on there), I wonder where we will dig up inspiration to manage another year such as what just ended.  Our President says 2014 will be an excellent year and we should look forward to rewards and great change.  Unless we do not want it and our demeanor does not show gratitude, he will hold back and not treat us to the goodies he has in store.  All is in place to take off from first gear and we will accelerate into 2014 and beyond.  First to fifth, straight. Read the rest of this entry »

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MAHAMA-nomics, Chooboi. Critical News, 22nd December 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on December 22, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

We are trying to get our Government to actually do something about corruption instead of just talking their way out of a corruption tunnel.  The NDC Government cannot deny that they spent a lot of money in the run up to the 2012 elections.  In my opinion there has been no real explanation for where the money went.  There was some single spine, but a whole load more.  The Auditor general points to major expense in interest payments and other expenditure by Government, hitherto unexplained.

I will devote the last article of the year next week to a review of the Auditor’s report and more economic related matters.  I can’t understand why we are beating about the bush when we have such a powerful Presidency with powers to correct just about anything in this country.

As an example, John Mahama can ask all the ministers currently in government and who were part of moving the GYEEDA process onward without sensible due diligence to step aside while the investigation goes ahead.  Then he can ask the former minister of finance, Dr. Kwabena Duffuor to come and explain how he supervised the release of so much money without following due process at the Ministry, the Budget Office, the Controller and Accountant General’s office, the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the GYEEDA team; looked away when all this was happening. Read the rest of this entry »

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MERBAN Transformed. Critical News, 24th November 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on November 24, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

There are serious issues to discuss this week and next, so forgive me if my humor does not burst through as normal.  I have a national budget to talk about, possible backdoor sale of a bank, a panel review of Supreme Court Judges’ involvement in the election petition and my own petition to CHRAJ on the GYEEDA program.

How can you find humor in these matters?  Maybe Vicky Hammah will have the last laugh.  She might be asked to party with the eight-member panel headed by Justice Date-Baah without the Attorney General’s gracious face, she excused herself for some reason, I hope it was a possible conflict of interest.

So I was in “The Skuup” on Friday, waiting for a car service to be completed and did the unthinkable, went to use the toilet.  WC had no seat cover, water was in short supply in the closet, but the floor was totally flooded and the door would not shut properly.  Don’t go there if you have a choice.  This is the toilet facility of an International Press Center, a meeting place for journalists and training ground for the discerning fraternity.  I won’t comment on the food, but hygiene in a toilet is so essential; I left very concerned that we should continue to allow facilities like that to be licensed by the AMA.  I rest my case. Read the rest of this entry »

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Abandoned Stuff. Critical News, 6th October 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on October 6, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Yaw.  Recently WASSCE graduate, now turned Space to Space Entrepreneur, selling airtime top-up to scrape a living, easing the burden on his aging mother, with two other siblings in tow, she trusting that she can find the strength to see all of them through school for a secure late age, with no pension plan and no social security contributions from anywhere she knows.  She sells tomatoes in the market, a risky perishable commodity in these times.  Yaw has no hesitation in telling me his views on where he is in life.

He carries a wiry frame around his five foot eight inches of leanness, acquired only from a deprived upbringing, the early signs of stress showing at the sides of his mouth, but he smiles broadly as we talk.  Not for the first time, mention of God will provide and reference to an all-generous agape God, who he confesses he has every confidence will come through in the end.

He voted NPP, sure that the promise of a free-education Ghana would guarantee that his brother and sister would get a chance he did not have.  He scraped a living in between studies and now at twenty-six when he should be close to starting a management grade job, he dreams not of a future in the queue of unemployed graduate friends, also space to spacing, no work on the horizon for any of them.  It has been like that for three years since they left Legon. Read the rest of this entry »

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Countdown To The Pink Sheet Count. Critical News, 1st June 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 2, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

This is so frustrating and I wonder if I can ever get over it.  Institutions in Ghana commit to delivering solutions without a care to a promise.  We citizens are beholden to this unique group of handicapped managers who know they are incapable of delivering what they promise.  Deep down, we also know they are not capable, but we hang on to a string of hope that just mayhaps, some unknown phenomenon will enable ECG to meet a timetable for load shedding scheduled to end this week (my week ends on Saturday).  I am not as gullible, so I woke up at 4am Sunday, noted a few points pending a switch on, which went out at 6.30pm last night.  Since then, four flickers of light, thirty seconds each.  From experience we switch off all appliances soon as the lights go out, cheaper than buying a new fridge or deep freezer.  But should I have to live this way?  This is the twenty-first century for Christ sake and I am competing with other parties interested in supporting the same international clients I am courting.  The damage control I have to go through just to maintain the client does not leave any space to do the work itself.  I am constantly emotionally exhausted, clinically fatigued and mentally sapped at the end of every week.  My Sundays used to be leisurely, easy, calm and relaxing, looking forward to the occasional visitor dropping in unexpectedly and making life a worthwhile trip.  But this? This is just “knaff”, to borrow a very Cockney expression. Read the rest of this entry »

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