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Ghana’s Most Corrupt. Critical News, 13th March 2016

Posted by Business in Ghana on March 14, 2016

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

When I was a much younger person, with strong bow legs, a full afro head of hair, twinkling eyes and a cheeky smile to boot (I am looking at one of my old pictures so I don’t paint a rosier picture) my Independence Day celebration was caught up with marching for the Osu Home School, proud to be leading the flag in the scorching sun and cooling off afterwards at home with family to be raged by stories of the struggle, either from my parents or my grandfather, depending on what assignment he had.

The night celebration was the show. A full Military tattoo with two competing units of the military assembling and disassembling a cannon from one end of the national stadium to the other and the winning cannon signaling success of the team that performed faster and more efficiently. I enjoyed those days. They were coordinated and interesting and we had the best seats in the stands, granddaddy being a member of cabinet and all, and most importantly, we spent the whole day really understanding what the struggle meant and why we decorated some members of the army and renewed our pledges to stay true to the cause.

So this year we again did the same. Slightly differently, but same nonetheless. We celebrated mediocrity and clapped away our infrastructure deficiencies. Read the rest of this entry »

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I Accuse You. Critical News, 27th September 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 28, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Turmoil! A country struggling to find its feet and claim back its nobility, turns to its Coat of Arms and philosophically wonders, “where did we take the wrong turn”? Somewhere after the fight for independence and our fanaticism for dumping accolades of meaningless praise on leaders, we ignored the fair principles of equity and fairness in our lives.

Freedom and Justice. How many times haven’t we as a people taken pride of place in our lead as the Black Star and how many times haven’t we failed to follow through on justice and claim our right to fairness as should be in a modern democratic society.

I rail against any who say this country is not ready for a democracy and flail those who claim that we would be better off asking for white rule and a return to the colonial empire.

The mistake we have made all these years, is to allow the political class to keep repeating the “seek ye first the political kingdom and all else shall be added” mantra. Never was a more misguided clause echoed in a plethora of deliveries, to make it sound and mean right.

Look where it has gotten us? A forthcoming crusade from one the even more corrupt churches, should be held and called “Judgment Day Goats Miracle Crusade”. It will be fitting in today’s Ghana.

Where and how does it all start? Read the rest of this entry »

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In A Political Rut. Critical News, 28th June 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 29, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

My world drifted afar from the many workers in line to receive a cash-out this month. Many persons believe that the cash trickle down economy is workable for as long as the ones who cash out from their bank accounts always have enough to pay out to those who don’t have as much. Even the IMF and World Bank plan this benevolence when they support pro-poor interventions and LEAP projects such as we have in Ghana.

But our economy is in a sorry state, and none more so than when we mis-locate persons from illegal squats to futuristic land sites designated for tourism and science.

The Korle Lagoon, which borrowed money from a Kuwait fund to build bridges over the foul-smelling water; bridges that would open up from each side and allow canoes and other small river craft to pass through with their oars pointed north and Asafo flags flying mast high, was a big secret until Nii Lante Vanderpuye came to tell us he was very sad for the lost opportunity, but could not remember a single thing about what happened to the fund’s money. He knew we took the money, but nowhere in his archival mind could he remember what happened with some sovereign country’s benevolence and who was responsible for the “lost money of the Korle”. And that makes a nice title for a children’s textbook for Ama Atta Aidoo.

So with a flourish and his team of bulldozing bullies, Mayor Oko Vanderpuye went ahead to ruin dozens of family lives, apologized in the after wake for going too far from agreed limits of destruction.

And then CHRAJ stepped in. Thirteen years after a court had decided that the families were illegally squatting, CHRAJ now wakes up to figure that the rights of children, women and the Kaya Yoo had been violated by a man whose beard is now the butt of Christian jokes. They call him Nebuchadnezzar. Read the rest of this entry »

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Unlearnt Lessons. Critical News, 15th February 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on February 15, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

I lost my cousin on Friday. Sissy died in the early hours of Friday, ravaged by diabetes and her sense of no-life.

I come from a family of five boys, my female cousins were the closest to sisters that I knew as we grew up over the years, life molding us, taking us further yet closer with every passing age and circumstance. We married, had children, educated some and agonized over most, whose fate turned left when the signposts read ahead and north.

She fought diabetes for ten years, a hard unflinching fight trundling from one hospital to the next herbal center, hoping for the miracle cure to end the mental agony of an inevitable end, an end which when it came was her own choice for death as she shut her mental will to the fight of life.

A few weeks ago as she lay in hospital, her messages to me delivered by more than a handful of family, flew past my busy schedule, me promising and never visiting.

Thursday she was discharged and once again I made the fatal decision to postpone seeing her until over the weekend. I thought she was out of danger; and for another time in my life I made the critical mistake of not listening to the small voice that guides me; rather, running my life around work and trivia.

Sissy looked after me as a boy, caring for us when parents traveled and nurturing us like a true mother and her nest of unruly cockles, a daily routine that challenged the most patient adult. And even as I grew up, she was always there for me and so too did I think I would be always there for her.

So I have not learnt any lessons at this level. I have regrets, regrets born out of thinking that my world is too important to be interrupted by life’s foibles and that the greater patriot rides paramount over the person and the heave of life’s past love.

May you rest in peace Sissy, one day, maybe one day, I will have learnt this lesson of life. Read the rest of this entry »

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Because I Want To Believe. Critical News, 14th December 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on December 14, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

The Auditor General Peter Quartey finally gave OccupyGhana his reply to our questions regarding his authority to disallow and/or surcharge public expenditure in the country as and when he detects it. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, we disagree with his minimalist interpretation of his authority and we intend a formal response to clarify our understanding of his duties to Ghanaians.

In the likely event that we do not find common ground, we will see him before the Supreme Court Justices.

But this week our President announced at the National Anti Corruption Action Plan (NACAP) meeting, all the great things we will be doing to dribble out the corruption bug. He also mentioned specifically some 300 people he had on remand on various corruption and related matters.

You see all that he has achieved? So we all jumped into the sortie. Who are these seasoned criminals amongst us? Can they be seen? Please publish the list so we make sure our names are not included. But alas, it has not happened. I would have thought if there was a list, getting it to the media would be a matter of “halt the press, the Criminal names are coming oooo!!”

Same way we have no clue about all the super contracts Government is undertaking despite calls for all the projects to be identified (as a matter of transparency) with amounts allocated and stages of completion, so also this list will NEVER be seen until Green Book time in 2016. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Palaver Of Unlike Minds. Critical News, 11th May 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on May 11, 2014

Critical News, 11th May 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Oh, I struggled with this one.  I stumbled into mediation for a couple last week end.  As a rule I never get between couples, but this was very dear to my soul and I have their permission to use their story, definitely not their names.

Paapa and Akosua have been bickering on big, small issues for so long, three children all grown up and left home, they have a whole new set of problems.  Work, girlfriend, attention, fellowshipping etc..  Akosua is an avid Church goer, Paapa is still not convinced that all the solutions are with the Lord on high.  Money wahala too dey inside big time.

Left alone, no children to occupy them, PaaAkosua have resorted to fisticuffs, so bad, we were in the hospital removing stitches from her lower jaw.  A very repentant him was embarrassingly in the doorway, cowering from medical eyes, melding into the recesses of the curtains.

After we gingerly make it down the stairs and back home, I am confronted with a possible suit for assault and battery.  Akosua wants one back for this pain and suffering.  Looking at her face in the mirror, she turns to me and says “Sydney hwe me nim”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Addicted To Free. Critical News, 4th May 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on May 4, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Not sure if I should really care if Lt. Col. Gbevlo Lartey has been sacked, transferred or side swiped.  I am not his biggest fan, the way he handled security issues and I was increasingly becoming concerned listening to his views on how community issues demand the attention of National Security.  And I have a few burning issues in my “Kume Preko” history I could discuss with him, judicial process allowing and if my confidence in citizen protection was far enough above ground.

So when I read he was no longer Security Coordinator, I kinda hoped it wouldn’t be one of those messages Government would come out and deny.  But true, he is out and a replacement has already been announced, unlike Victoria Hammah’s replacement, which only came this week.

Our southern neighbor and until recently the largest economy in Africa South, is in election fever. The ANC is under considerable pressure, perceived as corrupt and not delivering election promises (it rings a chord) but they have very little danger of an election loss.  Moving ahead, Mandela’s ANC and concerns of SA losing its status on the World stage, since Nigeria rebased their indicators and upstaged them, has become an election issue.  And they will fight back while the Black Star is losing its luminescence. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sneaking It Past You and Me. Critical News, 27th April 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on April 27, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

I still have no water and the load shedding exercise that was supposed to be extended for two weeks, five weeks ago, is in its sixth week and showing no signs of letting up.  Now we are not even shown the civility of a timetable and dates when power will not be in your home.

And it is hot.  An intense heat rejected by the car windshield, which is now constantly complaining to the air conditioner that it simply cannot handle any more direct sun.  I spend most of my parking, seeking Neem and Mango trees just to stay out of it.  I called Meteo to see if there was any historical reason why it should be so hot this time of the year, but they have budgetary constraints and could not tell me anything until they received some money to buy fuel for the generator.

So where the gas processing plant at?  I thought we were going to be commissioning it by the end of this month?  That gas would flow from Atuabo and we would be able to power the generating plants, give us cheaper supply, but even more importantly, regular quality current and voltage.

This time Armah Kofi Buah, still in the energy seat, is silently hoping the heat will move up north. Read the rest of this entry »

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Political Sand Dunes – Davos St., Agbogbloshie. Critical News, 26th January 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on January 26, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

If there was one thing I always thought I would do, it was to travel the Sahara Desert, circle back through the Horn of Africa, a much wiser and seasoned wayfarer.  I dreamed of the ultimate storyteller I could become and regale listeners with endless stories of “the trip” as long as I lived.  In those days if we had Twitter and Snapshot, I would have no chance of getting lost, location by GPS, tons of pictures to show, and a You Tube video to verify my escapade.  I dreamt about this for so long, I mapped every oasis and sand dune along the way and knew the route off the back of my hand.

Then I read about sand dunes and thought, wait-a-minute.  There is danger out there.  Dunes exist where there is a source of sand, prevailing winds to move the sand, and a place for the sand to collect. Eroded canyons and washes provide plenty of sand, and winds always blow (especially harmattan time), and there are many areas in the cities where the sand is “trapped” by human geographic features such as road curbs, no grass along the side, no Zoomlion contractors to collect the sand with GYEEDA fitments, RLG “bola taxis” traveling the opposite direction, defying physics with slanted tires, side boards distorting the center of gravity with increased effort applied by aged men, way above the thirty-five-year youth limit, but looking to eke a living out of this economic mess. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Face of 2014. Critical News, 5th January 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on January 5, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

We arrived in 2014, Fortiz announcing that they are now in pole position, 90% proud owners of Merchant Bank and will move in soon to start providing exemplary banking services to Ghanaians as we move into Better Ghana Banking, notwithstanding the appeal in court and the possible decision in Parliament’s emergency session next week.

Unfortunately, one young lady literally crossed over on Xmas eve and will not see what 2014 has to offer.  It was a sad moment, Patience Tetteh at Assemblies of God traditional night literally crossed over after the New Year vigil.  Patience “damirifa due”, you are a sad loss to many in the family.

Other than that and the fact that nothing works properly in this country anymore (oh, except for the Registrar General’s Department – there is some good work going on there), I wonder where we will dig up inspiration to manage another year such as what just ended.  Our President says 2014 will be an excellent year and we should look forward to rewards and great change.  Unless we do not want it and our demeanor does not show gratitude, he will hold back and not treat us to the goodies he has in store.  All is in place to take off from first gear and we will accelerate into 2014 and beyond.  First to fifth, straight. Read the rest of this entry »

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