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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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No Room For An Asp. Critical News, 18th August 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on August 18, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Sitting down to write this morning, I did as I do, read comments to my articles, gauging sentiment, guiding my focus and maybe bias, because we all have them.  It always happens that you veer directionally with sentiment and maybe offend some readers.  So this week, I thought we could catch some of what others have to say.  I find it interesting.

I called out GYEEDA and THEO CODJOE had this to say on myjoyonline.com;

“The failure of our Parliament to pass the Right To Information Bill into law is the proof that our politicians do not intend to be held accountable despite the ancient and hallowed principle that in democracies the people have the inalienable right to know what the elected representatives do with the power entrusted to them; the power which includes, most importantly the power to use the resources of the state.  If you entrust a certain amount of money or any valuable item to a bank or any caretaker of any sort, it is implied that anytime you desire to know the status or worth of that valuable the caretaker must let you know; it is a duty enforceable by law. On the broad political terrain, that law is the Right To Information Law. All the civilised democracies after whose constitutions we have modeled ours, have a Freedom Of Information or Right To Information Law! That our politicians have denied us that law for the past thirty years is most galling! Mr. Cletus Avoka is on record stating seriously that it is not a priority for Parliament! This is an insult to the people of Ghana and a betrayal of the trust reposed in their representatives. The Right to Information about government action may is a necessary concomitant to the right to vote, and is a very important in for exacting accountability of political leaders.  It is, the means of checking the books of the political actors and making sure the books contain a faithful record of what they promised us they were going to do with the power we bestowed on them with the elections and how they have used the finances we make available to them through our taxes and other national resources.  When you elect politicians into office and they refuse to account to you as in our case [by refusing to provide the means of exacting the account, [which is what the Right To Information Law is,] then the people have been robbed of their power and the incidents of “GYEEDA not to be seen REPORT” will continue to blight our financial resources. The people of Ghana must realise that so long as our elected and appointed politicians refuse to account to us their use of the power and the resources we entrust to them none of the good things we desire and which they promise to achieve for us when we vote them into office will ever be achieved.  Attendant mismanagement of our financial resources.” Read the rest of this entry »

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After The Evidence, The Real Truth. Critical News, 21st July 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on July 21, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Cape Coast city center stinks.  Once the Crown Capital, the roads surrounding and between Kotokraba market carry a putrid smell of rotting debris and fish commingled with body smells and heat that does not easily welcome the sensitive tourist.  The travel to Cape Coast is still an excellent one and commonsense driving (except for Mankessim) makes it easy and incident free, until the directionless city and stench hit you and the roads fail to impress.  Poverty engulfs you in Cape Coast.  It is unfortunate and it is sad, because it has all the trappings of the best tourism in Ghana.

However, it does not compete with the rot yet to be made public from the GYEEDA report suppressed by Government, contrary to what we heard when the commission of enquiry was set up.  Also totally contrary to the Government that pledges an open and transparent dialogue with the citizens of Ghana.  From what I know about GYEEDA, the corruption runs deeper than this Government will ever reveal.  The key ministry responsible was Youth and Sports.  Akua Sena Dansua, Rashid Pelpuo and Kofi Humado each at different times as Ministers, signed these contracts without much oversight.  Most of these contracts are yet to be executed and the sums of money involved are clear.  Read my earlier disclosure from here.  The GYEEDA modules are not sophisticated.  Actually they are rather frivolous and clear mechanisms to siphon money from other funds for other purpose.  The Mahama Government is most complicit in this.  They either knew or were a part of the schemes or they did not, which is even worse, because it was right under their nose, within their own Ministries.  Both Deputy Ministers of Finance Seth Terkper and Fifi Kwetey as well as the Central Bank Governor were all part of and are all still in this Government.  The Civil Service structure is still in place and they know what went down.  Former Finance Minister Kwabena Duffuor is pretending he is out of Government and thus had nothing to do with anything, praying none ask him a question.  But we are going to go there, just as we are going to look at LESDEP, YESDEC, Beach Brigade and many other social protection schemes not accounted for.  And whilst I am here, let me say that there is also a ghc552million discrepancy in Government’s accounting that has not been explained. Read the rest of this entry »

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World Bank Stirs Truth In Contempt. Critical News, 7th July 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on July 7, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

I had two could be catastrophes last week, worth mentioning.  Before I get there though, I just want to say that the Ashaiman Municipality responded very swiftly to the call for repairs to the major roads in the area.  Not only did they grade and smooth over the crinkles and pot holes in the towns, they also forethought to water down the dusty roads all last week, eliminating the Sahara swirl and saving us the pain of walking with handkerchief-covered mouths as if we would soon have to conform to some new form of Sharia.  The Ashaimanese put Jah in their stride, with a calm confidence, that their message is clear and life will remain normal till they determine otherwise, as close as you can get to an Egypt uprising in Tahir Square and even as I heard many people condemning the Ashaiman riot I wondered whether the bigger wrong is not that of Government.  After the riots, they found the money to engage a contractor to fix the road.  What was the mindset previously when all this was so visible?  It is the same with all Government machinery.  Platitudes deftly layered with pretentious care in a mold of financial distress.  Ashaiman showed that there is a limit to civil engagement. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ashaiman Rising, Heroes Faltering and KPMG Confused. Critical News, 30th June 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 30, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Monday 24th, I set out to a day’s work in Ashaiman.  This weekly ritual since October last year has made me a virtual resident in the Municipality.  But just at the Accra side of the motorway, I answered a friendly call from a cautionary voice.  “Best not to come all the way to the end of motorway; turn off at Abattoir and come round Adjei-Kojo”.  Moments later, “change the plan, stay away from Ashaiman today, lets meet tomorrow instead, Ashaiman is on fire!”

The week before, I arrived at the Ashaiman spur just at the end of the motorway and circled round as usual into the straight entry into Ashaiman.  Unlike other days, the traffic was light and free.  The usual trotros and long haul vehicles were parked on the sides and there was a gathering to the left of the approach, where an open space with fitter shops (the traditional flooding ground in the rainy season) was hosting the Ashaimanese (I like this label, sounds very Burma primeval-forest-tribe-like, don’t you think?) driving community.  I moved on quickly, conscious of the meeting time and grateful that for once I would not have to make excuses for the traffic and Goro boys who come close, yet never fender-bend, deftly turning, confidence carved from experience. Read the rest of this entry »

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To Cane A Mosquito. Critical News, 20th January 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on January 20, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

We are in dismal shape really.  So much of what is happening in Ghana at this time makes for momentary reflection on what for and why a returnee would trip back home only to sit and wait for water to run through the taps and intermittent electricity hold you ransom in simple everyday tasks, yet saddled with the same level of workload you find in the West.  I paint a positive picture when friends ask whether it was worth making the trip back home three years ago, but deep down, I think we lack the capacity to do the necessary to leapfrog the constrictions we face everyday.  Some persons are fully loaded with aircon, generators, brand new cars, mucho cash from where you cannot tell, and they stroll through the challenge of Ghana with ease.  In the middle-income bracket, it is a struggle.  At the low subsistence end, it is ignorant bliss in church activity and community “nkomo”.

But wow, we are in a dilemma for legitimacy.  Both political parties are looking to upend each other on the basis that what you have done we also have a right to do or even worse.  No regard for the daily political diet of Ghanaians, our needs are subservient to those of the political elite, who think that insulting each other will eventually win them the Order of The Volta. Read the rest of this entry »

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