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2½ Years and A Scorecard. Critical News, 18th January 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on January 19, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

This past week, a frenzied activity from the NDC Communications team to counter what, I have no clue. Because their secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia went public to admonish their own for criticizing Occupy Ghana and labeling us hypocrites, because in Fiifi Kwetey’s mind we are closet NPP supporters, because we are determined that good governance must be the norm and not the aberration in Ghana. Because we are a group of Ghanaians with a clear path to eliminating corruption.

And we have had a lot of social media commentary advising that we ignore idiots and carry on with what citizens have come to wish for; good governance.

Neither the NDC nor the NPP have really asserted themselves on the corruption issue to correct the simple constrictions in the way we handle public theft and procurement.

Our poke at the Auditor General to use his powers of disallowance and surcharge has ruffled many feathers and the sleepers at the helm of the country have suddenly woken up to their usual platitudes and promises of a better Ghana despite the inertia to implement what could have been achieved decades back.

But instead of acknowledging that yes, they have not done and could have done better and improved matters so that we as a people see the benefits of good governance, they resorted to personal attacks and insults, yet calling for meetings in the background to discuss a way forward if we can hold fire for a moment. Read the rest of this entry »

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This Is Not Funny. Critical News, 29th June 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 29, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

We finally made it into the abyss.  All week I was inundated with calls from, especially, the USA, where I set up my boast box four years ago, shouting through The New Ghanaian newspaper about how I was coming back home, urging all who were finding life in the US of A a bit tough, to ride, ride, ride with me back to the Motherland.

Let’s go add our voices, yell from Afadjato; Ghana is our only country and we are home to bring talent and open thought to the politics and business, plant some great footprints and challenge the youth to follow in our wake and make Ghana the place to be this 21st century.

So this week I ate humble pie.  After I zigzagged the streets of Adabraka for two hours looking for petrol, I bought forty cedis credit and apologized (dropping calls for more time than I spoke, cursing MTN in between) that I was not engaged in the inefficiency of this Government; but I cannot accept that it was as bad as the Kutu Acheampong and Rawlings PNDC early eighties time.

It was my only come back.

It was not funny.  I had to defend the NDC Government to save my own face and voice, and I am a firm critic of this economy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Addicted To Free. Critical News, 4th May 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on May 4, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Not sure if I should really care if Lt. Col. Gbevlo Lartey has been sacked, transferred or side swiped.  I am not his biggest fan, the way he handled security issues and I was increasingly becoming concerned listening to his views on how community issues demand the attention of National Security.  And I have a few burning issues in my “Kume Preko” history I could discuss with him, judicial process allowing and if my confidence in citizen protection was far enough above ground.

So when I read he was no longer Security Coordinator, I kinda hoped it wouldn’t be one of those messages Government would come out and deny.  But true, he is out and a replacement has already been announced, unlike Victoria Hammah’s replacement, which only came this week.

Our southern neighbor and until recently the largest economy in Africa South, is in election fever. The ANC is under considerable pressure, perceived as corrupt and not delivering election promises (it rings a chord) but they have very little danger of an election loss.  Moving ahead, Mandela’s ANC and concerns of SA losing its status on the World stage, since Nigeria rebased their indicators and upstaged them, has become an election issue.  And they will fight back while the Black Star is losing its luminescence. Read the rest of this entry »

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Single Spine Konongo Kaya. Critical News, 11th August 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on August 11, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Gyeeda.  I have offered to forward copies of the GYEEDA report I have seen and hopefully let Ghanaians get a taste of freedom to information, if it could only happen the way it is meant.  That Parliament rose to a break after not doing anything significant about our right to information is a question we should pose soon as they are back to waste more time (they said, not me).  The GYEEDA report is freely available on the worldwide web, so our President can keep his copy in the bosom of PV Obeng.  What we are asking now, is this the real deal?  I know there is a lot more on GYEEDA than I read in the “draft report” so I am NOT waiting patiently for the final version, which might never be released.  It will be another EOCO judgment debt final report.

And we are still out there borrowing money for development.  In Turkey this week, our Government is yet again lobbying outsiders for funds to build East, West corridors, and much more.  But internally, we can do more with tax collection and creative schemes.

When the Center for Democratic Development (CDD) launched its 5th Afrobarometer report, it starkly revealed that Ghanaians are very aware they have to pay taxes to support Government.  Even more importantly the survey reported that Ghanaians would willingly and unreservedly pay more tax if they could get good service from Government.  They also saw the Ghana Revenue Authority as corrupt.  The overarching conclusion is that Ghanaians are not averse to paying taxes, but they want the cedi pro quo. Read the rest of this entry »

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Give Me My DCE, Mr. President. Critical News, 4th August 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on August 4, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

It has been a very interesting week and Fiifi Kwetey, (I am not sure I understand his job yet) is flitting between media blitz’s and chameleon “ntoma” recycling the blame for the 2012 excesses back to 2009.  Now he points to the petition hearing for the economic downturn, which he admits.  Well, look back Mr. Kwetey, because we consistently heard that the economy was fixed, confidence restored and we were looking at the best financial turnaround in the history of this country.  And that was long before the NDC Government went gaga with election profligacy and tossed financial prudence out the window to perpetuate kleptocracy.  We have seen what GYEEDA was capable of, with just two companies, Jospon Group and the Agams Group.  There is a sanitized cyberspace version of the Youth and Sports ministry report, where most of the deals were signed, doing the rounds.  It is damning of the Government and points to the sheer conceit of the Youth and Sports ministers involved.  Rashid Pelpuo, Kofi Humado and Akua Sena Dansua.

But Mr. Kwetey says Investors are pleased with Ghana’s financial indicators and management.  Actually, if they looked at financial management they would brave Boko Haram in Nigeria.  Fortunately some other stuff makes them keep an open door to us.  They can see good democratic evolution and a far better return on their money than elsewhere in the world.  This country runs not on the fuel of cash and prudent borrowing, but on the peace of the Ghanaian, the very symbol in the Supreme Court which Mr. Kwetey condemns as a waste of time.  And if he is to be used as an example, he is not of that Ghanaian ilk, sporting one of the foremost fetid mouths in politics.  Outsiders see what we are doing, but savvy Ghanaians are fully on top of what is going down here.  We just can’t find redress to coral Government appointees. Read the rest of this entry »

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