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We Are Heading For Trouble. Critical News, 22nd September 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 22, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

I made a trip to the airport during the week, just to see what Tony Lithur had been able to do since his appointment on Tuesday 17, as Board Chairman of the Ghana Airports Company.  After Doreen Owusu Fianko was sacked by the Board and Mahama was irritated enough to retire the entire Board, who had served their term anyway, and reward Tony for all the services he performed during the election petition, we are in for a load of trouble.  This is a job of perks.  I am sure you get a Board stipend of sorts, (ah! If only the Freedom of Information Act was in place, I might tell you more of the compensation package.  For now, let me speculate) you could get a VIP pass, access to all parts of the port, customs and security waivers and most definitely some freebies for air travel, since all the airlines will be lobbying for your attention.  All told, he might recover his legal fees plus more, but I cannot say that was the intention.  Tony is a good man, busy round the clock, and I am not sure how he will make the time to manage the Board.  But hey, society sees it only as a reward for petition services; ask Joe Public if I am mis-thinking.

A host of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) arrived KIA to get a taste of our dripping ceilings, non-uniformed security guards, no signs for wandering visitors, poor air conditioning and toilets that do not flush and stink to hell. Read the rest of this entry »

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State Institutions Are Not Deserving Of Our Blind Faith And Trust

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 9, 2013

Ben Ofosu–Appiah, TOKYO, JAPAN.

There is palpably a lack of faith and trust in state institutions in Ghana today because majority of Ghanaians think they are not working. Instead of these institutions doing the job they were set up to do, at worst they operate mostly against the tenets for which they were established, and at best they exist to protect the interest and needs of only a few, the powerful and the rich in the society.

Obama in a 2009 address to Ghana’s Parliament exhorted Ghanaians and Africans in general to build stronger institutions because they are the foundations upon which democratic governance depends. There is no doubt that strong, accountable, effective, independent, fair and impartial institutions that do the job they were set up to do without fear or favour are the pillars upon which democratic governance is anchored. However, if these state institutions are weak, lethargic, incompetent, and palpably corrupt, we the people lose faith in them and with it the entire democratic governance process. Read the rest of this entry »

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Calabash Full Of Holy GYEEDA Water. Critical News, 26th May 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on May 26, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Sure as can be, we are back with the bad old days on all fronts.  Rains came down this morning; lights went out, making the already four-week drought of water from Ghana Water a more miserable existence.  My Chinese meter is still running double time despite a visit from some chief wigs of the ECG and I have to express my disappointment at Finance Minister Seth Terkper’s new moves to shore up his cash flow problems.

This is a collective resignation from protest.  Most Ghanaians I talk to are simply tired, worn out from our incapacity to move up another gear and drive an uphill agenda to tackle the myriad problems bedeviling us.  I had to buy a tanker-full of water, because I cannot live without it.  All week, we have had a pilgrimage of yellow gallons balanced on dainty eight to thirteen year old heads, miserably traipsing to the nearest oasis to fetch water before school starts.  Others choose “klempe tsinsin” as the Ga people call it, half the water spilling on the bumpy uphill pathways back before they start their day.

Yet my President is on a podium on Africa Union day, spouting about the African Renaissance.  His speechwriter forgot to tell him that you must at least have water and power for industry and even critically, citizens MUST have all the basic human necessities and then they can think, plan and live.  They will not pitch into any mirage-renaissance until they can wake up in the morning, look outside and not see their flooded gardens with gutters carrying the worst kind of non-degradable material, floating amidst black plastic bags of human excrement and step intrepidly into the day’s activities. Read the rest of this entry »

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