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A Certain Standard. Critical News, 9th August 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on August 8, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

The Senchi ferry will close at 6pm. The Senchi Report has already been shuttered and obscured with more than the required razzmatazz and fanfare we could muster.

I remember very distinctly, the Vice President confidently disclosing to us at the Royal Senchi Resort that there would be a follow through and the one hundred and forty guests to that National Planning event would be invited back after the report was released to come talk and craft an implementation plan in order to give meaning to the effort we put in.

Unfortunately, we lost PV Obeng in the aftermath and the report has since been interred with his body. We are about to do the same with Dr. Nii Moi Thompson’s forty-year plan, unless someone unravels the contortions of our democracy.

But we are heading for the Senchi pontoon or the Kpong dam crossing and it is close to 5.30pm. So we are making good time and confident that we will get there with no hassle from any security men.

Somewhere just before Fintey, close to the turning to the ferry, a dark-trousered and most undesirable specter you least want at a time like this, pops up from the side of the road, hand held aloft with radar gun in hand. We are hailed to the side, and the driver’s first instinct is to barge past and head for the ferry.

Not my style and not my way, he knows well enough that I will not accept that. So we are pulled up and we side-park.

The two police men who gleefully approach, can’t wait to show us we are traveling at 94Km an hour. He wants the driver’s license and Id and with concentration on the driver, he is focused on the culprit.

I am in the back, slumped behind tinted windows, making no move to show my face in case I up the ante because of my “obroni” nature and maybe something else.

Clock is ticking away and I can picture a long drive back to sleep in Vakpo, now my adopted town/village/citadel/rural castle and reluctantly, I lower the window and stick my face out. 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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See Saw, Down and Down. Critical News, 13th April 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on April 13, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Barclays says the economy is on a downward rollFitch says stable down to negativeIMF revised growth down from 8% to 4.8%Reuters says currency has depreciated 14.6% this year, down in comparison to the same time last year.  The Africa Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) says we have transformed backwards and we all in Ghana who belong to any credible independent think tank, buy kenkey from Osu or have an independent analytical view, say Ghana has gone down and lost its economic alleyway.

But our Government says things are looking up, so which seesaw are you riding?  Where is this economic seesaw headed if not bloated-debt down?  By the way, Government has still not taken up my suggestion to publish a list of all borrowed money and purposeful use.  How dare my impudent self, suggesting such a good governance thing?

As children you remember how you get on a seesaw and if the heavy dude in the neighborhood sits opposite, you know you don’t have a chance in Kotobabi to leverage your weight down hard enough to enjoy the thrill of the up and down.  You won’t even get the chance to crunch down and bump the other side higher into the air or even the sudden jump off to see how the opponent arrives to earth.  The children still do it today. Read the rest of this entry »

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President Mills Approved Of Kufuor’s Use Of New Office

Posted by Business in Ghana on March 16, 2009

Head of Government’s transition team, Mr. Paul Victor Obeng, has expressed surprise at the raging debate over the propriety of ex-President J.A. Kufuor’s acquisition of a state property for his private office. PV told Asempa FM in Accra that the former president officially informed President J.E.A. Mills of his desire to use the office and received the president’s due blessing for its use.

By Isaac Yeboah

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