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Preventable Diseases. Critical News, 26th October 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on October 26, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

I watched, parked at a corner at one of Adabraka’s side roads, waiting for a noisy taxi driver who had been honking behind me for the last kilometer, rushing off to where, only he knew. I am being very cautious on the roads these days. All I seem to do is attract the ire of some policeman, despite cheekily suggesting to my arrestors that I would rather be prosecuted by one of the more attractive traffic policewomen.

If you not have noticed them, I have. We have a lot of authoritative policewomen minding the busy intersections these days. They are geared well and a no nonsense attitude makes them even more interesting to the male dominated society in Ghana.

I am waiting for lights to change. In four police stations this coming week, arrested for talking on my phone, jumping a red light, speeding on the way to Winneba and not carrying my license, which I unsuccessfully explained had been taken away from me on the Legon road a few weeks ago.

Conspiratorially a few friends suggested that it could be coordinated, but I refute that totally.

Anyway, the taxi is crowding me and still honking for me to jump the lights. He believes they are not working. I turn the radio up louder, drown the honking and chill.

In frustration he overtakes to move ahead. There is an okada speeding through the side also honking his horn for his claimed middle of the road. Taxi clips him and sends the rider off the bike, into an illegally positioned kiosk on the pavement. The damage is catastrophic. The rider’s leg is broken, his bike runs into the major road, skids and runs under a Toyota Prado, dragging it a few meters before grinding to a halt in the back of a small Tico taxi. The collateral damage is another story. Read the rest of this entry »

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Out of HIPC, into HIPC, Out of HIPC. Critical News, 12th October 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on October 12, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

What a crazy week. And next week threatens to be even better. Is this good crazy or strange crazy? Can crazy get better or does it just mesmerize because we don’t understand the implications of future crazy?

A Deputy Director of Fiscal Affairs Department at the IMF, Sanjeev Gupta countered a Government statistic and declared us HIPC in one single response to a questioner and for a few brief days until the IMF chickened out and did some damage control we were back to HIPC, with a debt to GDP ratio pitched at 71%. Government had calculated its figure at 55%.

Now the program sensitive bureaucrats at the IMF have placed the figure at 56% and rephrased Gupta’s glib remark as their estimate for the end of 2015. Read the detail from here. (http://www.citifmonline.com/2014/10/11/imf-exonerates-govt-over-debt-to-gdp-controversy/)

This controversy has mega spine implications for the people at the IMF. Without providing numbers to show how he arrived at his 71% ratio, which I will try and justify or refute later in this article, I kind of accepted the figure, based on available statistics and the state of events in the country.

I do however think it is time to get clear reference points when we place these numbers in the public domain, especially when they can be alarming and even cataclysmic.

But as an aside, I wonder if Gupta will be sent to another division. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sweating The Big Things in Life. Critical News, 9th March 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on March 11, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Mid-market Kasoa, I was sitting in a chop bar with a few local friends.  Well, I met them there when I stopped on my way to Winneba, hungry and thirsty, hoping for some decent fufu and goat light soup, garnished with okro, twisted intestines and wholesome kpakpo shito.  I also had very little cash on me and that was a major motivator for the diversion, rather than the palatial hotel a few kilometers earlier, where the price of a plate of Chinese rice and sliced beef cost more than five servings of the local chops.

I was on my way to give a motivational talk to students in Winneba, whom I understood were very down after they realized the state of unemployment after graduation.

It was my second trip into the bar.  My first was a quick U turn when I saw the little girl washing the bowls and blowing snot with her bare fingers at the same time.  A hasty retreat to the local plastic bowl kiosk, I picked out a decent sized eating one, light cream, and headed back. Read the rest of this entry »

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My Cross Too Bare. Critical News, 15th September 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 15, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Making a small stop at the local Engen station just before Weija, I met a most interesting person.  Kwayemu Mensah sells herbal concoctions with a skill that engaged my mind for close to 45 minutes.  Waiting for a quick oil change before my trip to Cape Coast on Saturday, which I abandoned when I got to Mankessim because the roundabout was choked to grid lock, Kwayemu was prescribing medicines to all around him, explaining his solutions, throwing in a few “ntosuo” prayers and his customers were lapping it up.

Previously, as I drove into the station, I was approached by a very attractive young twenty something swaying thirty-eight inch hips in stretch jeans and a Tee Shirt struggling to hold back perky breasts, who pitched me with a health shop flyer, offering herbal, massage and other solutions in direct competition to Kwayemu’s partially broken herbal basket packed with deep rust brown discarded Voltic bottles of fluid guaranteed to cure Kooko, erectile dysfunction, early ejection, general body pains, urine difficulties and any disease you could conjure. Read the rest of this entry »

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NPP Affidavit Summary Table Filed by Petitioners

Posted by Business in Ghana on April 14, 2013

 

Over Voting Votes cast > total registered voters or votes cast > ballot papers                 (OV)

No signatures of presiding officers or assistants on pink sheets    (NS)

 Voting with no Biometric verification

(NBV)

Same serial numbers on pink sheets with different poll results (DS)

Different results recorded on pink sheets in respect of polling stations with same polling station code

(DP)

 

Locations not included in 26,002 polling station list

 

               

GROUP

OV

NS

NBV

DS

DP

Polling Stations

Votes Vitiated

1

*

320

130,136

2

*

*

122

45,497

3

*

*

*

374

147,032

4

*

*

*

*

66

32,469

5

*

*

*

20

9,408

6

*

*

882

397,532

7

*

*

*

196

91,129

8

*

*

71

31,561

9

*

379

134,289

10

*

*

1,068

408,837

11

*

*

*

185

72,953

12

*

*

59

19,816

13

*

6,823

2,614556

14

*

*

907

365,676

15

*

310

112,754

16

*

3

687

17

*

*

*

2

581

18

*

*

12

4,710

19

*

*

*

4

1,261

20

*

*

*

8

3,167

21

*

*

*

2

671

22

*

*

*

*

4

2,105

23

*

*

*

*

2

793

24

*

*

*

*

*

23

9,685

Information for Pettion as submitted by New Patriotic Party.  Any errors will be those made by Business in Ghana

 

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