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Vulture Chronicles. Critical News, 7th June 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 8, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

We had a very bad accident. Over one hundred and fifty dead and still counting. So far the security agencies have not been able to give us a final count and the total cost of damage to families and businesses.

Needless deaths by any standard and unnecessary, since it was all government-made and could easily have been avoided if only we fulfilled promises we make on both the campaign platform and time in between.

My heart broke when I saw pictures of the dead and the damage to cars, property and surrounding areas in Circle and other places.

I rushed home after lunch that afternoon, the rain held us up in Kanda for a few hours and we took the next best lull in the outpour to set off home, not because we anticipated a flood, but simply commenting “it is really coming down, we must get home before the traffic gets out of hand”.

And on this note I have to say the Ghana Police MTTU division has kicked up a notch in their services. If we still had the kind of traffic control we were being served three years ago, most of us would be kicking six feet under.

And here is my first vulture proverb in this story. “Live with vultures, become a vulture; live with crows, become a crow”. Where does Ghana want to pitch its tent in the flight of civilization? Read the rest of this entry »

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A Better GYEEDA Agenda. Critical News, 8th September 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 8, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Sometimes you have to give credit where it is due, sometimes you leave things alone, sometimes you have to call people to task and sometimes you simply throw your hands up in the air in despair and move on.

This week, congratulations to ECG for stepping to the grid.  I tried to recall the last time I had a power outage and I failed.  We have fixed something at the powerhouse and I am pleased to note that the people’s voice made a difference to this cause.  Had we not persistently called Government out, we would still be sitting in it.  So I appreciate the ECG response but they should not forget that billing issues are still awkward and response times when we have critical failure is still on their doorstep.  We still have voltage and current levels to fix, but I think there is now focus at the company, so until we fix the cheap Chinese meters, improperly calibrated and running at faster rates than tariffed, we have a ways to go yet.

I am also taking my hat off to Ghana Water.  Again, we have had good supply and maintained a steady quality to homes (mi dzi mi fie asem).  Billing errors and late posting to customer accounts still bedevil us and I hope they are looking at resolving this with some electronic payments of sorts.  The technology is available, so make the investment and reap the benefits in the medium to long term. Read the rest of this entry »

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Football Is Not Our National Sport: Try “Financial Leakages” And Revenue Diversion

Posted by Business in Ghana on July 28, 2013

Prof. T. P. Ulzen, tulzen@yahoo.com

A middle aged man is driving to Cape Coast from Accra. Around Awutu, he overtakes the car ahead and round the bend, he is flagged down by the police. He is told that he has exceeded the speed limit. He does not dispute this and is told he will “be processed” for court in Winneba at 10:00am the next morning, to which he agrees.
The policeman is seemingly perplexed. The driver reiterates that he will present himself at court the next morning and asks for the officer’s name. This upsets the officer but the driver says “it’s on your shirt anyway.” but the officer gets increasingly upset, asking “why do you need my name?” The driver says “you are a public official doing your job. I just need your name and number for reference for the court hearing. You have taken my licence so I must be sure of who you are. Read the rest of this entry »

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Logorligi Pilgrimage to Jubilee Flagstaff. Critical News, 17th March 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on March 17, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

I found myself in Akosombo this weekend.  Not by design, I happened to be going elsewhere and ended up there.  So I decided to stay and find out whether what ECG is saying that VRA has no energy to supply is true.  Motorway drive is risky, you have to be very vigilant, the Trotros and rickety trucks stop all through the distance, you would think it was a rest stop to Tema.  At 11am when I got to the end of the motorway, there was a traffic jam.  For no reason.  All 4×4 Prados and Land Cruisers riding the side roads with as much impunity as Chris Brown smoking wee in the face of Ohene Djan.  By the time I hit the Afienya road, I had killed a full 45 minutes of my time.  Funny thing, I thought I could see the Flying School from the road, but there were so many kiosks lining the sides, I saw nothing.  Is it still there?  A relic of my youth, gone?  Anyway, the Afienya road was a pot-holed variety of asphalt corn roll where it merged with deep-pitted red dirt, as if someone had deliberately taken a giant barber’s razor to the ground and dug up portions.  Then right there in front of the police station, a taxi had broken down, creating a most awful jam.  Right there, in front of policemen, standing by nonchalantly, chatting away while we cursed each other idiotically jamming the road around the brick-jacked-up taxi with splayed front wheels.

This week, I wanted to say something nice about the police traffic unit, who I concluded were doing a splendid job controlling jams.  But after a constable took my ten cedis earlier in the week because he said I was talking on my cell phone, which I was not, I forked out a tenner, and he took.  Guilty with reason, police are still bumming petty cash where they can. Read the rest of this entry »

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Former minister son shot

Posted by Business in Ghana on August 14, 2009

Armed men in uniform from the Ghana Police Service on Saturday opened fire on Kwesi Osei, a pre-med student and first born of Kofi Osei-Ameyaw, former MP for Asuogyaman and ex-deputy Minister of Tourism.  The firing saw a live-bullet piercing through the right thigh of Kwesi Osei and shredding some substantial amount of flesh, with his trousers and shoes getting soaked in blood as he sprawled in agonized semi-consciousness struggling to stay alive.

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