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In Charge of Free Filth. Critical News, 7th August 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 7, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Our President joined his close buddy. They must be really close because he can’t find enough reason to sack Dr. Oko Vanderpuye even after he has supervised enough filth in the city to cause a mini cholera epidemic.

The alarming story, some say it was simply for publicity, was very widely made known and put me on edge throughout the week.

Why would a supervisor of wanton filth and environmental carelessness, be made a hero by his supervisor, the person who appointed him to clean up Accra and ensure that we live in a city where we can go outside and make some noise about how we have lived up to the millennium challenges of the 21st century, be retained after all this while?

Read the story from this link, http://www.citifmonline.com/2014/09/01/president-mahama-joins-odododiodoo-to-clean-up/ but make no mistake, our President went into the trenches to dig out the gutter as a demonstration of his competence to clean drains at ghc680/day. It works out at ghc85/hour based on a 25 working day month and 8 hours a day of continuous labor.

You can engage day labourers in Accra for between ghc30 to 40 cedis a day. Read the rest of this entry »

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Return Trip, Kaneshie to Movenpick. Critical News, 1st June 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 1, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

I think I hold the Guinness/ECG record in dumsor.  If you totally do not have any electricity where you are, you cannot enter the draw.  A picture amused me on my Whatsup page showing an ECG office with a small generator powering the office.  I thought, how apt.

But this was after I had gone through two continuous days with not a kilowatt drip and power had been interrupted off and on sixteen times during the week.  Is there anyone out there to match this?  We should compile a chart to compare.  Winner gets a Gen-set.  “ECG your darkness is their happiness”.

And in a city where street hawking is illegal, Adinkra Pastries staff donned green trousers, green scarves, a green apron tied perfectly below a white T-shirt, and sporting a new brand of charley wote, invaded the streets in Oko Vanderpuye’s face where he has abandoned traffic control to the hawker.

Defiantly vending meat pie and rolls, they crowd the streets, setting a new standard for others to follow as we do “kioskenomically”.  There is no AMA task officer in their face until they become part of the poverty tapestry, too underprivileged to be “social-democratically” abandoned.

I wondered for a minute whether this was another GYEEDA module, “Pastries in Street Hawking”? Read the rest of this entry »

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One Casket Too Many. Critical News, 18th May 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on May 18, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

I lost my sense of humor after I spent three challenging days with Paul Victor Obeng, someone I did not take to in the PNDC days but subsequently after his departure from that Junta, I met often and appreciated better the challenges of managing a party which made up its ideology as it went along; more in-fighting than out-managing the affairs of state.  Fondly, as PV, he explained more to me about the inside dynamics of governance than I dare write.

This past week we joked about your memoirs and when it would be ready, we watched Bukom Banku win a fight well into the night while I censured you for staying up too late, to, once again be in the youth space.  When you pitched words throughout the commentary to one Azonto song or the other, we all laughed with and at you.

But we parted Akosombo as you went off to meet with the Ministry of Finance team to urge them to speed up work on the Public Private Partnership law, now a necessary pillar of the Senchi turnaround strategy.

PV what can I say to make it easy on those you have left behind.  Following Kofi Ansah and Asenso Okyere, I don’t think I can find a casket your size in Ghana.  May you rest in peace.  Damirifa due due.  Damirifa due.

The week was dominated by stories from the National Economic Forum held at the Royal Senchi Resort near Akosombo, where we were “senchified” with the letters “RSR”.  For my compatriot Franklin Codjoe and myself, we found a meeting of minds so experienced; we simply soaked the knowledge and contributed our quota as required. Read the rest of this entry »

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Confusing The Big Man On High. Critical News, 6th April 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on April 6, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

What does a man who owns A Rolls Royce in Ghana look like?  I wondered as I wandered through the Golden Tulip Hotel in Accra, surreptitiously ogling any man I thought would fit my owner-description for the sleek black Rolls parked half up the curb outside the Tulip.

As I entered the lobby, I Ghana-friendly extracted who owned the topmost car status symbol from the door guards whether the person was Ghanaian.  And he sure was.

Elated and suddenly proud to be Ghanaian I puffed my chest and dared any of the expats crowded at the counter to even dare suggest that we wallow in poverty in Ghana.  If the Golden Tulip was good enough for visitors to queue for a room in this four star hotel, the status symbol of wealth parked outside was good enough to push us into a middle income economy.

So I cased the lobby and trundled through all the rooms and the restaurant, looking for my quintessential Rolls owner, determined to befriend and congratulate, just to get a flavor of the daring that says a Ghanaian just like me can flash wealth in an ailing economy classified as “heading for crisis” and be free to do so.

I knew he was male, such as I had gathered from the entrance, but I did not see anyone I could say for a fact fit my description of a Rolls Royce owning Ghanaian.  And why was it my concern? Read the rest of this entry »

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Woyo 2 PaC, and NDP Protagonists. Critical News, 16th September 2012

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 16, 2012

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

We finally did what Ghana does best when we are in dire straits.  We deflected the intervention to the Clergy and a “Collective National Consciousness” to resolve a looming constitutional crisis with religious persuasion.  After the TUC, CDD, GII and others including former Finance Minister Yaw Osafo Marfo added their pleas, the Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Kwadwo Afari Gyan, chose to stay with the law.  “District-Four-Five” has dragged Parliamentarians to work during their break, with complaints from many of them that there really is no work to do.  This week, we lost a couple of days because papers for discussion were not ready and therefore no business could be traded.  Then again we had no quorum in the house and Parliament failed to sit.   The NPP minority claim the only reason Parliament is back is for CI78 to mature.  The NDC say there is other business, yet when Parliament was recalled, I distinctly heard the Government side say it was to ensure that the CI78 would get the mandatory 21 days sitting.  This week, I have had it up to my chin about this 45 districts matter.  The Supreme Court has set Wednesday 19 September to hear the interlocutory injunction to stop Parliament from discussing CI78.  There are several other cases piling up on the same and related matter and the Supreme Court has to rise to the level of conscious urgency we require.  This is not the time to stay within a strict holiday regime. Read the rest of this entry »

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