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Dwarf Economics and Allied Services. Critical News, 16th February 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on February 16, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Whoever said we are a very religious country forgot to tack on that we are also a very superstitious country. Somebody’s cow floated its way into Nii Kukurudu’s Chorkor fishermen’s net, deceiving my Accra peeps that they were onto a bumper harvest.  When the net came up with a bull, the news spread faster than the renouncement of an imminent cabinet shuffle, which is on its way because JJ Rawlings has asked for one.

Digressing for a minute, JJ publicly suggested to the President that he might do well to appoint some new ministers, maybe replace the school boys and girls the NDC Government currently employ; those making high level ministerial decisions when they are yet to be certified by a university that they are capable of higher education.  It is well known that some key ministers are still being tutored for higher degrees, so technically we have some ministries in this country being run by recent graduates.

On this basis, for commonsense direction it sounds right to suggest a change of sorts, especially when the economy is under such scrutiny.  But when it kind of leaked that there might be a shuffle, the Government rushed to the media, shouting “gossipers” and gave up their common sense fix; because things are not going very well, the people can see it, they read about the corruption and smell the garbage on the streets at Kaneshie.  But this one was too “Rawlings” for them to take on board and too “Daily Guide” led to make a common sense decision, so they made a political one.  Deny! Read the rest of this entry »

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Abandoned Stuff. Critical News, 6th October 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on October 6, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Yaw.  Recently WASSCE graduate, now turned Space to Space Entrepreneur, selling airtime top-up to scrape a living, easing the burden on his aging mother, with two other siblings in tow, she trusting that she can find the strength to see all of them through school for a secure late age, with no pension plan and no social security contributions from anywhere she knows.  She sells tomatoes in the market, a risky perishable commodity in these times.  Yaw has no hesitation in telling me his views on where he is in life.

He carries a wiry frame around his five foot eight inches of leanness, acquired only from a deprived upbringing, the early signs of stress showing at the sides of his mouth, but he smiles broadly as we talk.  Not for the first time, mention of God will provide and reference to an all-generous agape God, who he confesses he has every confidence will come through in the end.

He voted NPP, sure that the promise of a free-education Ghana would guarantee that his brother and sister would get a chance he did not have.  He scraped a living in between studies and now at twenty-six when he should be close to starting a management grade job, he dreams not of a future in the queue of unemployed graduate friends, also space to spacing, no work on the horizon for any of them.  It has been like that for three years since they left Legon. Read the rest of this entry »

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