Business in Ghana

We Understand the issues that make the News

Posts Tagged ‘ECG’

The Great Waist Party. Critical News, 20th March 2016

Posted by Business in Ghana on March 21, 2016

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Even before the sound was connected and the chairs arranged, Heat arrived through the doors filling every corner with his Fahrenheit posse, making life unbearable and tough for the organizers. His whole plan was to take advantage of the open spaces and make sure they all had good seats as they expanded to fill the girth of the seats.

They had been curious about the type of party it was going to be since they got their invitations. It was a first in Ghana. A “waist” party.

Water followed in sachets and bottles packaged to international standards, replacing the regular supply of tap water or what could be found in filters. They knew no one would drink straight from the taps, but the stigma had worn off and even if supply was considered erratic and the smell of the water still foul, they had stopped caring a long time ago.

It was at the point now where they either pushed for more money or the citizens could complain till they fell asleep. Read the rest of this entry »

Advertisements

Posted in Critical Weekly News, Sydney Casely-Hayford | Tagged: , , | 1 Comment »

Dumsor No Crossing Over. Critical News, 27th December 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on December 27, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

I have written fifty-one articles this year, missed one sometime in November, I think and marred a perfect record since 2013. I started this column halfway in 2012 and after the Daily Guide decided to make it a weekly page in 2013, I have been going week after week without fail. I didn’t start it as such, but it kind of got into that rhythm and hasn’t swerved since.

And the only reason I keep going is because I have close to 15,000 readers worldwide on my Blog and I get so much encouragement, I hardly pause to think of it is a thankless job. Hindsight, I should have been a writer but life took me down a different corridor and I ended up an accountant.

So to all my readers out there and to all of you who encourage me daily, I say a big thank you, may you cross over gently, not like Dr. Kwbena Donkor, who must shed his “dumsor” load and make it safely across if he can.

I am asking Pastor Otabil a favor that if he sees the Minister in his Church this 31st night, could you please make sure he is not carrying any dumsor. His final task this year is to leave the dreaded load behind or shed his behind and close his office door gently. There will no light so he need not turn the lights out.

But on the other side, I have had seven continuous days of electricity, I am not sure if it is the Xmas break or if we are on the way to recovery. If we are finally getting some answers, Ghanaians should pat themselves on the back, it will be one of the other times we have “forced“ implementation out of the politicians, (reluctantly?) and we should say “big up “ to the people. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Critical Weekly News, Sydney Casely-Hayford | Tagged: , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Powa Barging. Critical News, 6th December 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on December 6, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

OMG! Twenty-five days (25) only left to the end of ‘Dumsor”. And in case Dr. Kwabena Donkor has any other interpretations, let’s make it clear to him that we the people of this country are not fools. We know exactly what is the difference between “load shedding” and “dum sor”. Load means “dum”, shed means “sor”. They are one and the same thing. We are not going to allow these infantile lies to change the goal post to end this ineptitude of managing power and electricity.

GNPC has too much money on its hands and have become a conduit for Government to redirect funds a it needs. Every year, GNPC receives money from the petroleum funds. So far this year they have received $98 million. It’s a lot of money to manage as a company, but with clear mandates to deliver we should expect plenty. But GNPC is not a transparent company. I have not seen a copy of their financials yet, neither have I heard anyone discuss whether they are meeting their targets and obligations to the people of Ghana. Instead I hear lots of comments about ex-gratia meant for persons who left the company or were sacked years ago.

I just got word that Tsatsu Tsikata has sued MP for Adansi Asokwa, Mr. KT Hammond in the High Court for unsavory statements. I am looking forward to 2016. Tsatsu was appointed Energy Advisor to JJ in December 2000, succeeded by Nana Asafu-Adjaye and gave up this position immediately after the NPP came to power in 2001. His entitlements, ex-gratia etc. should not be an issue today. We live in interesting times. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Critical Weekly News, Sydney Casely-Hayford, Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Charades in Acid. Critical News, 24th May 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on May 25, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

This past week, we murdered a prominent politician, and our Finance Minister attempted a charade explanation of the economy.

Some sort of in fighting within the NPP created resentment and pent up sentiment that some person(s) decided the only way to settle this was to do an acid test on a human being. Gregory Afoko, brother to NPP National Chairman Paul Afoko was picked up by the police even as they investigate the matter. Some other person who could be his accomplice run away and has still not been found.

On his deathbed, Mr. Adams Mahama identified the two persons as his attackers.

Ghana has a history of political violence. We fought the British for independence, fought ourselves for independence and jailed, killed, maimed and deprived people of their livelihoods, all in the name of independence.

We also created a one party state in an attempt to annex all political control and in the after-process, staged a series of coup d’tats to show the world how confused we can be when it comes to violent democracy.

And all this violence has led to so much circumspection of our plight as a black people, we even turned lights off in Dansoman, where prominent actress, Yvonne Nelson, now famous for her #dumsormuststop night vigil was said to have been disconnected for illegally connecting her power supply. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Critical Weekly News, Sydney Casely-Hayford | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Truth and Honesty. Critical News, 26th April 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on April 26, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Last week the IMF released the program it has crafted between them and Ghana to bring policy credibility to Government’s Home Grown solutions. The only sound bite the media heard was the paragraph that spoke about job losses and freezing wages as a means to frontload the fiscal adjustments to achieve policy objectives.

I read it all with a huge smidgen of doubt.

Ghanaians know as we do, that this government is not going to do any of what it has signed to. The IMF knows that what it has written in the program notes to justify the figures to support our efforts is not true. And honestly, neither this government nor the IMF appreciates what problems we want solved in this economy.

If I may offer three steps, which if done will solve our issues immediately. First-first, fix the “dumsor”; find enough money to pay VRA, ECG, GRIDCO and other service providers what they are owed. No business runs on empty cash tanks. Second, fix the “dumsor”; find enough money to buy emergency power plants, because IT IS AN EMERGENCY! Then finally, fix the “dumsor”; provide enough incentives to make alternative energy solutions immediately attractive to domestic users. Then the “dumsor” will be gone and we will listen to other things.

This trinity points to one thing. Fix the “dumsor”. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Critical Weekly News, Sydney Casely-Hayford | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

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 »

Posted in Critical Weekly News, Sydney Casely-Hayford | Tagged: , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

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 »

Posted in Critical Weekly News, Sydney Casely-Hayford | Tagged: , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Pardon My stupid. Critical News, 22nd February 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on February 22, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Death creeps in your heart, engulfs your mind and with heartrending signals, captures your senses, numbing them confusedly. In its jolting way, first news of a dead loved one, dulls the realism of life, leaving a sense of non-purpose, a linger on the mind, warding off other reality in such a way that questions of why and no reasons to why, drift to and forward through your mind even as you hear reassuring words from engaged humans, perfecting the ploy of held down grief, a forever attachment to sadness; death.

Floating memories of time together, casual, vivid images of time spent with love smiles, gestures of peace and together ideas for mutual existence, all play games.

You try to be brave, try hard to shake off the pitted sadness in your mind and in your heart, clearly losing the battle that only time can heal.

To all those who have lost close ones in recent times, I understand. I am feeling it just as much at this time and were I a praying man, I would be on my knees asking a God to take away the yoke and free me from misery. But alas. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Critical Weekly News, Sydney Casely-Hayford | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Castaways of Flagstaff House. Critical News, 8th February 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on February 8, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Our lives are a miserable choice from what we used to have a decade ago. We are forced to cook at least three times a week in order that we can eat everything and not have food deteriorate in the fridge. The fridge and freezer are in a complicated fight about who can raise the more stink; and my nostrils have become the more sensitive and discerning judge, trying to decipher the line between borderline spoilt and definitely off.

I will not afford a generator. At least my statements of environmental principle tell me I should not afford one. Why on this god-given earth should I, out of poverty and someone’s poor choices, burden the world with more pollutants and dissipate energy just to enjoy home comforts to, as the conspiracy theorists say, encourage more “policrats” to import an inexhaustible number of machines, only to boost noise levels in our ravaged communities?

This morning I woke to the distorted sounds of, once again a group of Christian worshippers who believe they are above the byelaws of this country as far as their right to create discordant music.

I fought a four-year battle with a previous group of five congregants until finally the executives at Ga South Municipal Assembly found it fit to ban the church over the wall beyond me. Now someone else is back and I am not sure I have the energy to write fifty-seven letters like I did the last time.

But it looks like it will be a long wait before we get round to fixing what we should have done decades ago. With Social Democrats turned capitalist crooks, it has become a race for how much can be stowed away before 2016 gets here and maybe another group captures the imagination of the voter and takes matters up another notch. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Critical Weekly News, Sydney Casely-Hayford | Tagged: , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Remembering Dictators. Critical News, 1st February 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on February 1, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

My world futured back to the past on Legon campus over the weekend when I went to buy a book or two. My life, now consumed with large spats of power down-time, interspersed with benevolent electricity supply from VRA’s Kirk Koffie and his subordinates, I ventured to find Dr. Obed Asamoah’s book on the political history of Ghana (1950-2013), catch up on modern history and occupy my time when I cannot do any work because I am locked in a pretentious modern society, where I think I live in a civilized country but have no water and no control over noisy neighbors who fill my naturally ventilated open-window bedroom with smoke at five O’clock in the morning.

Legon bookshop killed my spirit. I swear I recognized some of the books from my days there in 1974. The layout has not changed, the categories of books are still the same and even the man who sits in the lifeguard chair, keeping an eye on potential student thieves was an aging version of the same one I knew then. He just has a glaucoma look in his eyes and if he can see anyone very well, I wonder if he can get off the high chair to arrest them.

I think the University dons must sit up. On a campus where there are many more banks per real estate kilometer than anywhere I know, you can’t even buy a book with a bankcard. Can’t even buy a CD-rom book, a tablet or even a book reader. Seems modernity overlooked them when it arrived because they had probably closed for the 2pm day on a Saturday.

I am so disappointed that our highest institution of learning just does not get it. Not even sure you can access a website of books in store. They still write prices of books in pencil and sign off. How do you still do this in a computerised world? And they had advertised they would be closed for stocktaking. In days when you stock take in real time. Bueei! Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Critical Weekly News, Sydney Casely-Hayford | Tagged: , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »