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Suggesting to You in Slooooow Motion. Critical News, 28th April 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on April 28, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

I spent half a day of my life on Saturday with the Driver Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA).  Getting caught in the rain wasn’t part of the deal (oops, I think Indomie has that plug).  Boy, it rained.  Torrents of it.  I could barely see more than fifty meters on the motorway as I headed out to Tema.  Four accidents and two hours later, I pick up my “helping hand” who would take me through the whole process of car registration.  We came out from a very efficient, tagged and uniformed testing center; fast, easy and organized, no one asked for a bribe and I paid the publicized twenty-three cedis and forty-three pesewas and exited after a brief paper inspection.  Private enterprise.  Sweet.  Making our way to the DVLA in Tema, navigating potholes, half submerged in trenches and rivulets, all roads leading to the DVLA a mess of arterial connections.  The reason was clear when we eventually got there.  The yard was full of “license contractors”.  Nobody wears a uniform or badge.  Don’t know who works there and not and I am listening to my masterful guide explaining the mechanics of how to do this in the fastest possible time.

As it is, the process is very simple.  Give the man a whole lot of money, don’t ask any questions and just sit back.  Well, I couldn’t do all that, so I parted with the cash and raised some objections.  End result?  It cost me three and a half hours of my life.  My money had disappeared and all I had was the trust of a guide I did not know from Anabi Issah.  Now I understood why the insolence of potholes and where the DVLA money goes.  I got the number plates in the end, a square and a rectangle, I asked for two rectangles and I was shown the yard next door where business is brisk and you buy an additional plate if that is what you want.  And I am not joking, after I asked that they press me a rectangle, DUM!  Now I am convinced someone has my number and I am going for deliverance when the Election Petition is over.  It took another 38 minutes off my life waiting for SOR! Read the rest of this entry »

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Shadows and Roosters on an Umbrella. Critical News, 24th November 2012

Posted by Business in Ghana on November 25, 2012

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

I am not going to comment on Hassan Ayariga.  I take umbrage with those in the People’s National Party (PNC) who made him a presidential candidate.  Comic relief aside, I think it is high time we shifted the blame to the king makers.  They should be ashamed for asking Ghanaians to consider a candidate of such patchiness for president.  He won the Tornoo of the week again on Joy fm’s Weekend City show.

But Joy did poorly on Newsfile, not allowing an extra five minutes on Saturday to establish real truths on pertinent issues of Nana Addo’s qualifications amid mischief making by Felix Ofosu Kwakye, who I have concluded is simply a semi-educated NDC foot soldier.  Closer to Election day we are degenerating into an abyss of hollow thought, which I find rather distasteful.  There are levels of political discourse at mezzanine points you expect decorum and civility to guide discussions and combative deliberation.  It could be desperation driving us to silliness and I hope the issues drive us more into creativity than this stupidity of whether one left out an item in their CV.  In my world, when you submit a CV, you highlight your achievements and record of success, not your failures.  Not sure if Kwabena Agyepong held his cool after the program, he sounded livid during a hot exchange with Mr. Ofosu Kwakye.  And then of course, this week Ablakwabish raised his right to be heard, making fodder of a discourse between Nana Addo and debate moderator Kojo Oppong Nkrumah after the presidential debate. Read the rest of this entry »

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