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God Bless Our Homeland. Critical News, 21st September 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 21, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Before I get into anything meaty, let me just note that Kirk Koffi at the helm of the Volta River Authority does not have a clue what we expect from him. Last week I regurgitated a story where he said “dumsor” would be over within two weeks, putting the date by the end of this month. This week, we are going through the worst “dumsor” in a long time.

The Electricity Company cannot even give us a schedule of when power would be on or off, a pretty dismal state of affairs, which can only be described with a four-letter word.

I have no faith in what they are saying, I don’t believe any more that those tasked with solving our strategically important needs can do so. Water is intermittent, power is irrational and floods are predictably consistent with any volume of rain.

So Kirk, we don’t need you to come and lie like a politician. Tell us the truth and nothing but. Leave the false promises and permanent postponing of solutions to those who have acquired that specialist skill and give us a small ray of hope that at least our technocrats have some clue.

So. Today is Kwame Nkrumah’s birthday and designated Founder’s Day by the NDC Mills Government. I am by no means an Nkrumahist so the day is a good opportunity to read some history and reinforce my belief that Kwame rolled back any gains he bequeathed to Ghana when he turned on our constitution and created a constitutional dictatorship, which he built for his own purpose and self-propagation. And for the record, it should be a Founders Day. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dumso Dumso Go Away, Big Johnny Wants To Play. Critical News, 2nd March 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on March 2, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

All last night I tossed and turned, many problems on my mind, top of the list my failing water supply, to buy another tanker load this week and the now permanent Tuesday light out between 6.30 and 11pm added to the unpredictable shut-offs every so often.  I have work pressure as well, many deadlines crowding my computer top and I stayed up most of the night wondering how to come up with schemes to motivate staff without paying more cash.

So I tackled the Sunday morning walk up McCarthy Hill with gusto, intent on burning off stress, depressing memories of the State of the Nation address still fore in my mind.

But thank God for the people who “ga mashie’d” up the hill on Sunday.  I just made the turning up the Jayee University pike, where the religious types were already delivering some poor soul from evil at 6.10am.  Shaking my head, caught up in the tenacity of neo-Christian dedication, I just but avoided a collision with foot-stamping Bukom Banku joggers rhythmically “azonto-ing” their way on up.  I fell in line and matched them foot-to-foot as we merrily put music to the stamina build up.

It was a good stomping and stepping to a miniaturized MP3 player hooked to the belt of leader Nii, well titivated in a yellow and black striped t-shirt, matching baggy pants and shoes as only an Accra man can. Read the rest of this entry »

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Related Through Country. Critical News, 12th August 2012

Posted by Business in Ghana on August 12, 2012

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Accra cried hard, buried President Mills on Friday and fell silent.  I drove from Cantonments, through 37, past the BNI place to Kawukudi junction on to Dimples roundabout, hanging left to the George Bush Highway.  Straight through Lapaz, Santa Maria, Awoshie, over the Mallam interchange and then right turn to McCarthy Hill.  I heard not one horn and I arrived home in 17 minutes and 25 seconds.  That journey used to take 4 hours in January.  Later that night it hit me that, all interference can be transient.  With time we forget the traffic of problems and relish in new ways, which are imperceptible while you endure the periods of nuisance.  May the President’s soul rest in peace. Read the rest of this entry »

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