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Temptations To Sin. Critical News, 9th November 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on November 9, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

As if to assure us they are on top of their game, the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) switched off the lights at Kumasi Polytechnic for an outstanding bill of ghc3million. The Polytechnic has not been able to pay up since the beginning of the year.

But in a brave rebut, Rector Nicholas Nuamah, simply points fingers at Government and says, “it is not our bill”. And he is right. Government owes this bill as it does many others, and over the months, it has become a nauseating refrain to hear about the minor challenges we face in managing this economy.

What this tells us is ECG doesn’t even know who are its customers.

Same way we don’t know who should be sworn in or not as president. Prof. Kweku Asare from out of the USA was up in arms because Parliament, the Speaker and the Chief Justice seemed to have triggered a constitutional breach while the President was out of Ghana.

The Speaker refused to accept a swearing in as demanded by the constitution and the Supreme Court, and this created a bit of a storm. I don’t quite understand why the big fuss on the issue. After all why would the Speaker want to accept the post only to be blamed for all that has gone wrong in the country? I can see the wisdom in his decision, because if he accepted, he would have to explain everything to the President when he gets back from his global junketing.

Looks like a set up if you ask me, because Vice Prez Amissah Arthur is also on a two-week trip to India at the same time. I hear he got a one-way ticket. Just joking, he will be back soon. But it looks like a perfect setup for the Speaker to fall into the trap and be tempted to fix some things before they both get back. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pension Lotto Numbers. Critical News, 2nd November 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on November 2, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

My lights stayed on for two weeks. Productivity soared for the period and I caught up with so many deliverables and deadlines I walked to and from the office, chest puffed with confidence, a grin on my face, that I could make promises and not excuses to clients with the proverbial “dumsor”. I was in work heaven and the angels of kilowatts were singing a tune I liked.

Not even in my youthful exuberant days did I so relish the perfection of deliverable success. I was on the phone boasting to clients and bringing dates forward with confidence.

I have no plans to buy a generator because the triangle of incompetents at ECG, VRA and GRIDCO cannot do a simple thing like keeping energy consistent after so many years and so much price hike.

I steadfastly hold on to the belief that one day ………!

Then they “dumm-ed” the power. On Saturday when I was on my way to Citifm to discuss the big Issues of the week, they flipped the switch. After I had planned a speech of praise, they sneaked to the transformer and triggered a dumsor-message through the circuits, traveling so fast, I did not see it coming.

In the middle of printing vital research about the pensions matter, my printer stopped with a piece of paper between its teeth, swore a huge protest and went silent.

Thus ended my energy dawn. I had tasted working in a power flowing state, competing to the best of my intellect against other professionals whose advantage is not that they know more, but because they have consistency in the tools needed to deliver well researched reports and projects on time. Read the rest of this entry »

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