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Ten Cedis And A Parliament. Critical News, 14th June 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 15, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

It is pouring down tears this morning. All day and at 6pm showing no signs of letting up. It is not a threatening thunderstorm or tornado or any such, it is just raining as it does every rainy season, a mild “Hurricane Tetteh”, not as wicked as “Hurricane Vanoko” from June 4. But Ghana’s current “rain phobia” has sent people cowering and even “Aglowians” are not in church.

Yet we are none the wiser. All the debris emptied from the large drains and gutters last week, piled along the edges, waiting to flow back in their settlement zone. And we have “ayariga-flexed” four fuel stations, as examples of waterway-blocking-unruly-recalcitrant owners determined to kill us by creating floods.

I heard one of our budding parliamentarians say we should all gather for prayer for the rains to stop and avoid death.

He was holding a bugle attached to a loud speaker with an in-built amplifier and with no regard for the noise level enshrined in our byelaw he was blurting out all sorts of prickly passages from the Christian bible and berating passersby for not donating tithes to his cause.

I listened for ten minutes and asked which he prefers. Death by rain, by fire or death from hunger? I didn’t get an answer so I donated ten cedis and walked away.

On to observe the count in the Awutu Senya West constituency where I had interest in George Andah’s bid for Hannah Tetteh’s seat. Hannah could not be there to hear the resounding victory when it was announced, a massive 282 of 539 delegates. And it was peaceful and friendly all the way to the end. She tweeted from South Africa, her apologies for being away on government business. Roll on 2016. Read the rest of this entry »

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An Ebola Prayer. Critical News, 19th October 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on October 19, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

And true to prediction, the past week was crazier than the week before. Before we could even get to grips with all the unraveling from the Brazil 2014 Commission of enquiry, whether the players have revolted or just simply see no reason to break off their talented occupations to attend lame-duck sessions after the money has been divvied and chopped off their backs, the incompetent triple inventors of dumsor (VRA, GRIDCO and ECG) hit us with a new load shedding program. One day off, one day on.

The energy problems are far from over. We can’t privatise Akosombo, but we can do something about ECG and GRIDCO. Yet this Government continues to deliberate on what it knows is the best solution for solving the crisis.

Instead of focusing on the proper solutions, we hear preposterous ideas such as a solar farm to generate 2,000MW of energy, offshore energy barges made in Turkey and this last one the construction of a 1,000 MW sea wave power production project in Ada in the Greater Accra Region.

We are considering sea wave technology, said to have been produced in Sweden and for the first time such technology will be deployed in Ghana.

The Rance Tidal Power Station located in Brittany, France (where the technical partners for the Ghana project are from) is just 240 MW in capacity and it is the first in the world.

South Korea’s Sihwa Lake Tidal Power Station with an installed capacity of 254MW is currently the single biggest tidal energy installation in the world.

A professional friend in the sector wonders how and what special factors will give Ghana a 1,000 MW of tidal energy and thereby become a quadruple of the largest in the world. Read the rest of this entry »

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In Charge of Free Filth. Critical News, 7th August 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 7, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Our President joined his close buddy. They must be really close because he can’t find enough reason to sack Dr. Oko Vanderpuye even after he has supervised enough filth in the city to cause a mini cholera epidemic.

The alarming story, some say it was simply for publicity, was very widely made known and put me on edge throughout the week.

Why would a supervisor of wanton filth and environmental carelessness, be made a hero by his supervisor, the person who appointed him to clean up Accra and ensure that we live in a city where we can go outside and make some noise about how we have lived up to the millennium challenges of the 21st century, be retained after all this while?

Read the story from this link, http://www.citifmonline.com/2014/09/01/president-mahama-joins-odododiodoo-to-clean-up/ but make no mistake, our President went into the trenches to dig out the gutter as a demonstration of his competence to clean drains at ghc680/day. It works out at ghc85/hour based on a 25 working day month and 8 hours a day of continuous labor.

You can engage day labourers in Accra for between ghc30 to 40 cedis a day. Read the rest of this entry »

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In an Economic Wilderness. Critical News, 10th August 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on August 10, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

I finished form five at Accra Academy forty-three years ago. Forty-three years. We did the calculation this weekend when we came home to the Alma Mater on Saturday, boasting freely of stupid pranks, feeling comfortable with friends you forged early learning experiences, and listing colleagues now departed, fondly and regrettably.

We are old men now, sixty plus and balding, most of us in glasses, trying hard to get in and out of chairs without wincing, but determined to hold on to old drinking capacities and boasting empty Guinness and Club bottles, the whiskey bottle still a friend even with arthritic hands and extended belly guts.

We ate, laughed, let our hair down and yelled and sang profanities as if it was still yesterday and we had lofted ourselves into the school bus on the way to an inter-co competition, confident that Accra Aca would triumph again.

The old school changeth not; we saw and admired trees we had planted and nursed, punished to weed courtyards and football fields still in use and the grand entrance to the old school still welcoming as on the first day when you registered to spend the next five years with strangers who would become life-long bosom pals in the half decade.

There were enough of us to let the 2014-year group know that we are still a force and now an accolade and beacon for them to live to the expectations of a great school founded in 1931. Read the rest of this entry »

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