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Dumsor No Crossing Over. Critical News, 27th December 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on December 27, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

I have written fifty-one articles this year, missed one sometime in November, I think and marred a perfect record since 2013. I started this column halfway in 2012 and after the Daily Guide decided to make it a weekly page in 2013, I have been going week after week without fail. I didn’t start it as such, but it kind of got into that rhythm and hasn’t swerved since.

And the only reason I keep going is because I have close to 15,000 readers worldwide on my Blog and I get so much encouragement, I hardly pause to think of it is a thankless job. Hindsight, I should have been a writer but life took me down a different corridor and I ended up an accountant.

So to all my readers out there and to all of you who encourage me daily, I say a big thank you, may you cross over gently, not like Dr. Kwbena Donkor, who must shed his “dumsor” load and make it safely across if he can.

I am asking Pastor Otabil a favor that if he sees the Minister in his Church this 31st night, could you please make sure he is not carrying any dumsor. His final task this year is to leave the dreaded load behind or shed his behind and close his office door gently. There will no light so he need not turn the lights out.

But on the other side, I have had seven continuous days of electricity, I am not sure if it is the Xmas break or if we are on the way to recovery. If we are finally getting some answers, Ghanaians should pat themselves on the back, it will be one of the other times we have “forced“ implementation out of the politicians, (reluctantly?) and we should say “big up “ to the people. Read the rest of this entry »

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Brand In The Gutter. Critical News, 22nd November 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on November 22, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

How are we going to get from here to somewhere? Just when you think things cannot get any worse, our Government manages to reach a new low, pulling our value down with such careless abandon, it can’t be proper.

This week was the week for the NDC primaries. Postponed for two weeks for their own reasons, it seemed the country was just tolerating any announcements and excuses we were offered. But the day came, and it did not disappoint.

I have to state that some persons in this country, true patriots and dedicated citizens laid down their lives to achieve a certain standard they felt was adequate for purpose. Even as a small precocious country in Sub-Sahara Africa with very little to show except for plenty gold and many pods of cocoa, we grew an image in prickly speeches and stand-offs against colonial empires in order to demand we manage our own affairs, given half a chance.

Well, we have not managed too well, but we seemed to be coming along with peaceful transitions in democracy and even with a failing national sport, we still commanded a better than worst nation tag.

But now? All this week, the NDC primaries have fed us a diet of ballot box snatching, disappearing names in registers, small boys fighting big veterans, trading accusations and chanting war songs, candidate names not seen at certain polling stations, a microcosm of the bigger general election to come later next November.

And while we are on the subject, how long should it take the EC to read the recommendations her office organized and tell us whether we are on the way to do the sensible thing and compile a new register? Since she received the report, “we are still studying it?” These voting problems? Is it the EC or the NDC who failed? Or did they do it together as always? Read the rest of this entry »

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Where The Better At? Critical News, 1st November 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on November 1, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

And last week came and went oooo, and now we are in November with only one year left to the elections but more importantly, we have only 61 days to the end of “Dumsor”.

As promised to us in the State of the Nation address by His Eminent and Most Venerable Excellency President John Dramani Mahama, once Communications Minister of Ghana and former Member of Parliament for Bole Bamboi in the Northern Region which holds seventy-five constituencies and a population at last Census count in 2010 of 61,593 of who 56% are registered to vote.

His Most Uncreative and Emphatically Under-performing self-ariser to the throne of President trumpeted his voice and clearly told all of us he will “fix” it.

However, his accolades say he never gave a date. True, he didn’t. So he wants to take forever?

We have it on record that dumsor is over at the end of this year. We have sixty-one days left, today inclusive.

In paragraph 96 of the Mid-term review given by Seth Terkper, Chief Bishop of the Eminent Monarch of Ghana on 21st July 2015 he made all this very clear. The master plan for the Better Ghana had been considered and laid out for this sector. Read the rest of this entry »

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And Superman Left. Critical News, 25th October 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on October 25, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

We have reached a tipping point on the voter’s register. The Let My Vote Count Alliance (LMVCA) have filed action against the police for the brutal beating and maiming of their marchers in a peaceful demonstration last month.

Not knowing what to do with the fall out from the march, the police had themselves initiated an accusation of unruly behaviour and deviation from the route as determined between them and the marchers.

The fact that the law is quite clear, in my opinion that you don’t need police permission in this country to go on a peaceful march, we will track this case and see how it rolls out. One thing the police should be clear about, this is not going to end with the LMVCA withdrawing their case. It will go to the wire, and of course with Justice Ajet Nasam on the road, there is enough hope that the system will hold its seams.

The honorable Justice has “escaped” from society for a few days, maybe months, we are yet to determine, but hopefully, others will now take their roles a lot more seriously and apply more diligence to the process of justice. I wish for the day when all the adjournments and delays will end and we will have faster justice.

I can’t believe we are still hearing the Abuga Pele and Assibit case after so many months and even as I was corrected by Fred Agbanyo on radio yesterday that Abuga has not been cleared in Chiana Paga to run for Parliament for the NDC, I take it with a pinch of salt, because I read it myself and it was very clear that a possible criminal had been selected to go to Parliament on behalf of the NDC party. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Rains Came Down, and. Critical News, 11th October 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on October 11, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

This week, it rained. Two days of not what you would call relentless downpour, but it rained. I say for a country that is in the tropical zone, it was normal rain for two days.

But as if to test the drains and the waterways that E&P has fixed, and as if to give us a chance to expose more corruption, the rains came down and the floods went up; the rains came down and the floods went up, and the storm drains came tumbling down.

If you remember that well-aged nursery rhyme you can hum the words and understand how much these little childhood songs were meant to shape our world and remind us every time of the simple things we must do in life. A stitch in time saves nine? Rain rain go away? They are worded for a reason; reasons we have washed under waterways because we don’t see the wisdom in them any more.

Many advisory dance tunes, relevant in today’s Ghana, will be made political in a few months as we skate unwillingly to another euphoric December, when we should be lamenting our popularity contest through an electoral register with registrants from the ECOWAS fraternity.

Nkrumah Circle as usual, was flooded to the hilt together with all the flood prone areas, and this wasn’t a major storm. I was caught in it for an hour between The Times junction and Nkrumah circle. When I arrived at the small bridge over the Odaw River, it was rising and starting to rapid. Even as I longed for a dinghy to float to the confluence of the Korle Lagoon, the stench that told me “cholera” reined in my adventurism and stopped me numb in my car seat. Read the rest of this entry »

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Political Crass. Critical News, 6th September 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 7, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Once you substitute the “L” with an “R” you turn the word on its head. But ahead of the conversation about whether my peeps in the Ashanti Region will ever be able to restore value to their alphabet challenge, let’s accept how easily you can be misquoted for thinking about a peculiar trait or habit in a different light.

I had the distinct honor and duty to sit on the same panel with two gentlemen from both sides of the political divide. KT Hammond and Kojo Adu Asare.

You know I have a particular distaste for giving people accolades they have not earned. A beauty queen is selected for her beauty. A first class degree is given to those who show excellence in academia and a lawyer earns the title “learned” out of respect for making his mark at the Bar. A scholar is not called that for nothing.

I am prejudiced against Ghana’s politicians. I have asked them all and separately to tell us what they have achieved for us as political groups, mandated to run the affairs of this country and am still waiting for answers. When I look at how Singapore, Malaysia, India, China and Brazil have created so much pride, I ask our servants in the House, how far with all their strategies and deliberations?

Should I still be waiting for ROPAA to be initiated, despite the fact that it is law? Should I still be hanging on for Parliament to remove the taxes such as TOR levies and others to make fuel more affordable? Am I still waiting for the Freedom of Information Bill to become law and for the Private Members bill to be tabled and voted, so some persons other than handpicked cabinet ministers can initiate law?

Seth Terkper came to hint at bad times to come. He was on radio to tell us how the world economy is going to depress and how our three key sources of foreign income are drying up because of stifling international prices. Read the rest of this entry »

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Confused Numerology. Critical News, 26th July 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on July 27, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

For those of us who chose to ignore Finance Minister Seth Terkper’s mid-term budget review, we probably missed a lot in the art of numerology. I am an accountant by profession. I am actually a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, UK, I have been that for quite some time. I don’t do any more auditing work, a little beef I have with looking at numbers after people have raided the bank accounts and diverted all the cash they can lay their hands on.

And especially in Ghana, a source of immense frustration for me and right-thinking Ghanaians.

But back to numerology. I couldn’t listen to the full delivery in Parliament, so I chose to read the script in detail after the fact. I have to say one thing about the Ministry of Finance, they release electronic versions of all the speeches and fiscal reports in a timely fashion, allowing us analysts to do some back checking and interpretation. Just wish that the numbers were true and fair.

I have spent quite some time with the Controller and Accountant General’s reporting and was on the verge of pointing out the inconsistencies in the numbers and monthly aggregations when the junior doctors blew the lid on the late salary payments going back eleven months.

How on earthly Ghana does anyone survive if they don’t get a paycheck for eleven months? And how in the name of Mahama does anybody find a place for their head on a pillow, knowing that a future leader and bread winner of a family is being discouraged from thinking that a good training as a doctor with its full prestige and as close to God as you can get as a human, is not a worthy profession at the end of the month.

I won’t let my daughter run around with a man who cannot put a cheque on the table at the end of a month? Who born dog, that I should rear a child and cultivate her only for a loser with no future prospects and who would make her pay the bills and look after his self-acquired existence through her effort. Read the rest of this entry »

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Charades in Acid. Critical News, 24th May 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on May 25, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

This past week, we murdered a prominent politician, and our Finance Minister attempted a charade explanation of the economy.

Some sort of in fighting within the NPP created resentment and pent up sentiment that some person(s) decided the only way to settle this was to do an acid test on a human being. Gregory Afoko, brother to NPP National Chairman Paul Afoko was picked up by the police even as they investigate the matter. Some other person who could be his accomplice run away and has still not been found.

On his deathbed, Mr. Adams Mahama identified the two persons as his attackers.

Ghana has a history of political violence. We fought the British for independence, fought ourselves for independence and jailed, killed, maimed and deprived people of their livelihoods, all in the name of independence.

We also created a one party state in an attempt to annex all political control and in the after-process, staged a series of coup d’tats to show the world how confused we can be when it comes to violent democracy.

And all this violence has led to so much circumspection of our plight as a black people, we even turned lights off in Dansoman, where prominent actress, Yvonne Nelson, now famous for her #dumsormuststop night vigil was said to have been disconnected for illegally connecting her power supply. Read the rest of this entry »

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We Got Our Prostitute Back. Critical News, 17th May 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on May 21, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Why would anyone call you a prostitute because you are fed up with a persistent never-going-away erratic power supply? So you are tired and fed up with living conditions in the country, you decide enough is enough and call for a demonstration with your followers and that makes you a prostitute?

An apology is not even acceptable in the wake of the after-thought.

Why would anyone call you a “cannibal” because you disagree with the way energy supply is handled? What goes through a mind when you conceive the idea that you can skin your mother alive and use her skin to drum your success to the world?

What kind of an insulting mind should one have before you say things like this? Those are the words of children playing in the yard and teasing each other to see who can come up with the most diabolical description of gruesome to shock and awe friends and end up laughing at each other, especially at the loser, who must now concede and turn away from the most glib-mouthed child on the playground.

When you hear the acting chief executive of the National Youth Authority say this and even believes he is so sharp-tongued that he posts it on his face book page, you have to wonder the kind of leader he is trying to be. But Halidu Haruna and Ras Mubarak said this, and later did a radio circuit giving apologies of sorts. Read the rest of this entry »

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Abongo Financial Management. Critical News, 12th April 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on April 12, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Don’t do as I did last Wednesday. Mad persons were greeting me on the sidewalk of Accra, because they identified me as a possible compatriot.

I am walking from one end of circle to the South Industrial area. Traffic is jammed and I am late to a meeting. Going in the opposite direction from Bus Stop heading towards New Times junction, I was in a taxi and were it not that the conversation was interesting because the driver saw himself an Occupier and recognized, my alter ego would have me on time at the meeting.

Basking in the glory of hearing an “ordinary” Ghanaian loading praises on Occupy Ghana, I had to make an emergency drop off to catch an Okada, because the supposed professionals manning the construction of the Nkrumah Circle overhead, had not allowed for the pedestrian overflow and we have ended up endangering the lives of the walking Ghanaian every time you use a footpath in the middle of the road.

So now I am on the back of an Okada, chasing time on a rainy day in Accra, heading to one of the worst roads in the city where fake repairers modify and doctor engine parts just to get facades of success. Of course the Okada is going against oncoming vehicles and I am as nervous as I could be since I stopped riding motorbikes forty something years ago.

As if to fibrillate my heart from the sedative of the taxi, my immediate lord of my few years of life – which I have dedicated to fixing some governance issues in Ghana – is taking risks my sixty-year-old heart is not finding easy to manage.

Now we are going through unfathomable trenches of water, mud laden and opaque to the point of fear of falling off the bike. I fake my destination and get off the Okada, only to hear the young rider ask if I am Sydney. But yes! How does he know me? His English is laden with good diction and I am impressed enough to ask how? Read the rest of this entry »

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