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Political Crass. Critical News, 6th September 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 7, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Once you substitute the “L” with an “R” you turn the word on its head. But ahead of the conversation about whether my peeps in the Ashanti Region will ever be able to restore value to their alphabet challenge, let’s accept how easily you can be misquoted for thinking about a peculiar trait or habit in a different light.

I had the distinct honor and duty to sit on the same panel with two gentlemen from both sides of the political divide. KT Hammond and Kojo Adu Asare.

You know I have a particular distaste for giving people accolades they have not earned. A beauty queen is selected for her beauty. A first class degree is given to those who show excellence in academia and a lawyer earns the title “learned” out of respect for making his mark at the Bar. A scholar is not called that for nothing.

I am prejudiced against Ghana’s politicians. I have asked them all and separately to tell us what they have achieved for us as political groups, mandated to run the affairs of this country and am still waiting for answers. When I look at how Singapore, Malaysia, India, China and Brazil have created so much pride, I ask our servants in the House, how far with all their strategies and deliberations?

Should I still be waiting for ROPAA to be initiated, despite the fact that it is law? Should I still be hanging on for Parliament to remove the taxes such as TOR levies and others to make fuel more affordable? Am I still waiting for the Freedom of Information Bill to become law and for the Private Members bill to be tabled and voted, so some persons other than handpicked cabinet ministers can initiate law?

Seth Terkper came to hint at bad times to come. He was on radio to tell us how the world economy is going to depress and how our three key sources of foreign income are drying up because of stifling international prices. Read the rest of this entry »

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If Tomorrow Never Comes. Critical News, 20th July 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on July 20, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Readers bear with me a few lines while I share a personal tragedy.

Twenty-five years ago next month, I lost my father.  I was living and working in the UK, a long sojourn abused, while I tried to make life out of a Margaret Thatcher deteriorating economy.  Interest rates were soaring way above realistic levels, the British economy was tottering and there was very little solution as Thatcher clung on to bad economic advice, her principle, “no turning back” despite the obvious signs of collapse.

Suggestions came from Labour but the political adversity was such that bashing Unions and weakening the Union front was more important to the Tories.

I wasn’t in the UK-political fray at the time, struggling to keep my household finances together albeit unsuccessfully.  I learnt many lessons in that time, came close to filing for bankruptcy.

I had been talking to my father frequently that year, there was glimmer of easing, talk of Thatcher stepping down and I made a commitment to be home in July, all things equal.

June came, and I was offered a decent three-month contract, which would give a significant boost to my fortunes. 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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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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A Pain Full Budget. Critical News, 10th March 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on March 10, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Here is my pain.  First night of the week, Monday night.  I get back from a day in the field and lights have been out since morning.  Ok, we should have power back by 6.30pm, so I catch a quick bath and try and have supper with a simple beam of light.  I am eating plantain and palaver sauce with fish tonight, heavy recipe for bone-in disaster, and wary of swallowing a bone and accidentally choking, I give up and decide instead to catch a quick nap and get some rest for when the lights come back on.  I have a lot of work to deliver in the morning and I am determined not to call my client and say “sorry, oh, no light so I could not finish”.  By 10.30pm I still have no power, so I throw in the towel and go to bed.  It is hot, it is humid and in the dark I am dripping with sweat.  I toss and turn for hours and then it starts raining.  A gentle drizzle at first and then huge torrents of it.  What relief.  The lights come back on.  3.45am.  I jump out of bed, rush to the kitchen and make a cup of coffee.  I settle down to work.  A loud clap of thunder and a lightning strike; lights out.  I am fully awake with my coffee and lost for words.  My trusty internet router with battery power, mournfully blue-lights me, waiting for the signal to start a web search.  I am a guest on Citi Fm on the breakfast show and I might just vent.  Where did I go wrong? I sit in the dark, my temples pulsating with anger.  For the first time since I returned, I wonder if the decision to come back home was the right one.  Pain full. Read the rest of this entry »

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Press Statement From The Coalition On The Right To Information (RTI) Ghana On The Status Of The RTI Bill

Posted by Business in Ghana on July 19, 2012

On behalf of the Coalition on the Right to Information (RTI) in Ghana, which has been advocating for the passage of a RTI law for Ghana for several years now, we hereby wish through the media to draw the attention of the good people of Ghana to the following developments on the RTI Bill.

We find this necessary as a result of certain events that make us doubt the assurances we have received that the Parliamentary Select Joint Committee has adopted most of the views of the public on amendments to the Bill and the further assurance from the Majority Leader of Parliament, Hon. Cletus Avoka, that the Bill will be passed into law before Parliament goes on recess at the end of July. Read the rest of this entry »

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