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MAHAMA-nomics, Chooboi. Critical News, 22nd December 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on December 22, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

We are trying to get our Government to actually do something about corruption instead of just talking their way out of a corruption tunnel.  The NDC Government cannot deny that they spent a lot of money in the run up to the 2012 elections.  In my opinion there has been no real explanation for where the money went.  There was some single spine, but a whole load more.  The Auditor general points to major expense in interest payments and other expenditure by Government, hitherto unexplained.

I will devote the last article of the year next week to a review of the Auditor’s report and more economic related matters.  I can’t understand why we are beating about the bush when we have such a powerful Presidency with powers to correct just about anything in this country.

As an example, John Mahama can ask all the ministers currently in government and who were part of moving the GYEEDA process onward without sensible due diligence to step aside while the investigation goes ahead.  Then he can ask the former minister of finance, Dr. Kwabena Duffuor to come and explain how he supervised the release of so much money without following due process at the Ministry, the Budget Office, the Controller and Accountant General’s office, the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the GYEEDA team; looked away when all this was happening. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Pain Full Budget. Critical News, 10th March 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on March 10, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Here is my pain.  First night of the week, Monday night.  I get back from a day in the field and lights have been out since morning.  Ok, we should have power back by 6.30pm, so I catch a quick bath and try and have supper with a simple beam of light.  I am eating plantain and palaver sauce with fish tonight, heavy recipe for bone-in disaster, and wary of swallowing a bone and accidentally choking, I give up and decide instead to catch a quick nap and get some rest for when the lights come back on.  I have a lot of work to deliver in the morning and I am determined not to call my client and say “sorry, oh, no light so I could not finish”.  By 10.30pm I still have no power, so I throw in the towel and go to bed.  It is hot, it is humid and in the dark I am dripping with sweat.  I toss and turn for hours and then it starts raining.  A gentle drizzle at first and then huge torrents of it.  What relief.  The lights come back on.  3.45am.  I jump out of bed, rush to the kitchen and make a cup of coffee.  I settle down to work.  A loud clap of thunder and a lightning strike; lights out.  I am fully awake with my coffee and lost for words.  My trusty internet router with battery power, mournfully blue-lights me, waiting for the signal to start a web search.  I am a guest on Citi Fm on the breakfast show and I might just vent.  Where did I go wrong? I sit in the dark, my temples pulsating with anger.  For the first time since I returned, I wonder if the decision to come back home was the right one.  Pain full. Read the rest of this entry »

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