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Budget For A Kraal. Critical News, 30th November 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on November 30, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

I lost my Uncle last Monday 24th November. He died of a cancer of the pancreas. I will remember him fondly for all the good time spent at Akosombo and the deep intellectual discussions late into the night during difficult formative years and much as I would have hoped for a longer association, his time on this earth was well spent.

I hope he will be remembered by all Ghanaians for his contribution to the development of the Akosombo enclave and his many spats with other developers as he pushed one agenda after the other in order that we grew an organization of well trained staff capable of managing even when he, as he then envisaged would move on and create other opportunities for those after him.

Uncle Louis was a fun-loving person, full of jokes, with the cheekiest smile you could ever wish for.

May his soul rest in peace.

I have to talk about the budget and where this country is heading. But there are so many issues crisscrossing my way I need to vent a little.

This Centaurides Ruby Angel girl just broke the record in UK statutes this week. I was most fascinated when I heard that the customs law in the UK does not have a statutorily determined term time for class A drugs above 5Kg. That limit attracts a sentence of ten years. Above that, it is left to the discretion of the law.

So Ruby put us in the history of hard drugs, but not without help. She herded us into an arena, where we read only of the intrigue, flights of imagination, drug barons with high political influence, where most of us would not even toe-dip our big African foot. Read the rest of this entry »

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MERBAN Reloaded. Critical News, 8th December 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on December 8, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

JDM is in the Merchant Bank saga, big time.  Whether he likes it or not, he placed himself there when he did not follow his own code of ethical guidelines, with which he expects his ministers to conform.  Unless it is one of those politician things where you say something or develop a regulation or rule simply to assuage the populace with no intention of ever monitoring the code.  And we have several of such in Ghana.

But how different is Vice President JDM from President John D Mahama?  Does the President carry different ethics now than what he once had as Vice President?  The NDC Government has tried all week to separate the President and the previous Vice President as of different ilk.  From what they say, he followed what his then boss President Mills wanted done, the obedient assistant rather than the upright, confident, ethically opinionated, highly moral President we now have. Read the rest of this entry »

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