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Powa Barging. Critical News, 6th December 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on December 6, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

OMG! Twenty-five days (25) only left to the end of ‘Dumsor”. And in case Dr. Kwabena Donkor has any other interpretations, let’s make it clear to him that we the people of this country are not fools. We know exactly what is the difference between “load shedding” and “dum sor”. Load means “dum”, shed means “sor”. They are one and the same thing. We are not going to allow these infantile lies to change the goal post to end this ineptitude of managing power and electricity.

GNPC has too much money on its hands and have become a conduit for Government to redirect funds a it needs. Every year, GNPC receives money from the petroleum funds. So far this year they have received $98 million. It’s a lot of money to manage as a company, but with clear mandates to deliver we should expect plenty. But GNPC is not a transparent company. I have not seen a copy of their financials yet, neither have I heard anyone discuss whether they are meeting their targets and obligations to the people of Ghana. Instead I hear lots of comments about ex-gratia meant for persons who left the company or were sacked years ago.

I just got word that Tsatsu Tsikata has sued MP for Adansi Asokwa, Mr. KT Hammond in the High Court for unsavory statements. I am looking forward to 2016. Tsatsu was appointed Energy Advisor to JJ in December 2000, succeeded by Nana Asafu-Adjaye and gave up this position immediately after the NPP came to power in 2001. His entitlements, ex-gratia etc. should not be an issue today. We live in interesting times. Read the rest of this entry »

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Waking Up from the Pipe Dream

Posted by Business in Ghana on March 23, 2014

By Charles Wereko-Brobby (Dr), Chief Policy Analyst, Ghana Institute for Public Policy Options (GIPPO),  tarzan@eyetarzan.org

“It is not worth the paper it is written on” is one of the most used sentences in everyday dialogue. It’s most famous manifestation is the 1938 speech of British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain describing the Munich Agreement with Hitler as bringing “Peace in our Time”.  Within one year, World War 2 broke out and the rest is history.

The Government of Nigeria, acting in concert with its Nigerian national Petroleum Company (NNPC), and its joint venture partners, Chevron Nigeria and Shell Nigeria, have finally come off the vacillating wall and told the Government and people of Ghana, that the agreement  to supply 123 million cu ft gas per day is not worth the paper it was written on .

This is the full import and meaning of the outcome of the Minister of Energy’s mercy mission to Nigeria which yielded the pathetic capitulation that no more than 50 million cu ft of our contracted supply can be guaranteed. Call me a war monger if you like, but as with 1938, Ghana must take this Nigerian slap in the face as having bloodied our nose, sabotaged our economy, and tantamount to a declaration of war. Read the rest of this entry »

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God’s Tobinco Condoms. Critical News, 1st December 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on December 1, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

When I was a wee lad, condoms came in a pack of six, in different colors and scents.  For a few pesewas, I forget the exact amount now, you could get a cocktail of six and the teenage prophylactic world was such a simple one to navigate.  In those days you didn’t just walk to the counter and buy.  Deep penetrating, quizzical attendants stared you into lurking behind the colds and Paracetamol sections.  If you were unlucky and it was a she, it was easier to ask your father for a pack than to face the revelation that you were contemplating something really evil that night with someone other than her.  We got by using older siblings to purchase, and that came with its torturous nonsense when they threatened to tell mama and papa when you got to fighting; as boys do.

And such it was that I grew up knowing that you should check the condom after, to make sure that the wriggly little things had been trapped properly.  Many an unplanned parent was created from a miscarriage of condom vigilance.

But it was never about God, prayers and intervention when it “locked”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Burning Fires in Our Backyard. Critical News, 13th October 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on October 13, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Tuesday evening, I am sitting on the porch overlooking the Panbros salt pans from the hilltops of McCarthy Hill.  There is a man across the opposite fence.  I can see him from my lofty perch, dressed in a pair of baggy shorts, no shirt and carrying what looks like a kerosene lantern.  He is walking across from my left to the edge of the open land space he inhabits and I decide to retire, not an interesting scene to keep my attention.

Half hour later, just as I am nodding off, I hear the spat-spatting of what sounds like rainfall and I wonder when I missed the gathering clouds during the day and why is it still raining at this time of year?  Thinking I could use the pattering rainfall to lull myself to sleep, I ignore the event and doze off.

But later, a persistent crackling wakes me up and I sleep-stumble to the balcony to check things out.  The smoke filled balcony and the raging fire beneath me, shocks me out of sleep and I reel from the gathering heat below. Read the rest of this entry »

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We Are Heading For Trouble. Critical News, 22nd September 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 22, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

I made a trip to the airport during the week, just to see what Tony Lithur had been able to do since his appointment on Tuesday 17, as Board Chairman of the Ghana Airports Company.  After Doreen Owusu Fianko was sacked by the Board and Mahama was irritated enough to retire the entire Board, who had served their term anyway, and reward Tony for all the services he performed during the election petition, we are in for a load of trouble.  This is a job of perks.  I am sure you get a Board stipend of sorts, (ah! If only the Freedom of Information Act was in place, I might tell you more of the compensation package.  For now, let me speculate) you could get a VIP pass, access to all parts of the port, customs and security waivers and most definitely some freebies for air travel, since all the airlines will be lobbying for your attention.  All told, he might recover his legal fees plus more, but I cannot say that was the intention.  Tony is a good man, busy round the clock, and I am not sure how he will make the time to manage the Board.  But hey, society sees it only as a reward for petition services; ask Joe Public if I am mis-thinking.

A host of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) arrived KIA to get a taste of our dripping ceilings, non-uniformed security guards, no signs for wandering visitors, poor air conditioning and toilets that do not flush and stink to hell. 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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World Bank Stirs Truth In Contempt. Critical News, 7th July 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on July 7, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

I had two could be catastrophes last week, worth mentioning.  Before I get there though, I just want to say that the Ashaiman Municipality responded very swiftly to the call for repairs to the major roads in the area.  Not only did they grade and smooth over the crinkles and pot holes in the towns, they also forethought to water down the dusty roads all last week, eliminating the Sahara swirl and saving us the pain of walking with handkerchief-covered mouths as if we would soon have to conform to some new form of Sharia.  The Ashaimanese put Jah in their stride, with a calm confidence, that their message is clear and life will remain normal till they determine otherwise, as close as you can get to an Egypt uprising in Tahir Square and even as I heard many people condemning the Ashaiman riot I wondered whether the bigger wrong is not that of Government.  After the riots, they found the money to engage a contractor to fix the road.  What was the mindset previously when all this was so visible?  It is the same with all Government machinery.  Platitudes deftly layered with pretentious care in a mold of financial distress.  Ashaiman showed that there is a limit to civil engagement. Read the rest of this entry »

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Extremely Confused Ghanaians. Critical News, 5th May 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on May 5, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

My early morning dare to the Ghana Water Company has become a ritual.  I turn on the tap, wait and listen to the rushing sound of air, sputtering, stuttering, pushing and fizzing as if water will follow through.  I watch the pathetic attempts, my expectant face screwed up in disgust, one part hoping that water will eventually stream through, the other knowing full well that it is simply a ritual I follow.  These days I am particularly upset because they sent me a bill for three hundred cedis for air supply in January and February.  I am preparing to go and do battle on logical grounds and I must win.  Alternatively, I am determined to stop using Ghana Water altogether and start digging a borehole.  My state of mind, Fed Up!

Similarly I am fed up with The Ga South Municipal Assembly, where McCarthy Hill finds its unfortunate self, kiosks creeping up on every available sidewalk.  I recently cleared the frontage of the house from grass and weeds, it looked so degenerative and I felt compelled to de-weed.  Two weeks after, someone starts putting up a kiosk on the cleared area.  I report this at the Municipal Assembly. Four weeks later I am still waiting for them to show up.  Very like the dug-up silt from the gutters, dumped on the pedestrian sidewalk, done a year and more ago and now a permanent direction icon.  You know how it goes.  When you get to the junction, look for where the sand from the gutter is placed, count to the fourth one and turn right.  The house is the blue gate with Matthew 23:25 and the Star of David.  I have reported and reported and reported, I have “reporting fatigue”, which is what they know will eventually happen. Read the rest of this entry »

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I Want To Be Mayor. Critical News, 13th January 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on January 13, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Of Accra.  But before I start making the case, the Supreme Court opened the NPP petition challenging the election results and possible cheating by the NDC and the Electoral Commissioner.  The NDC has filed to be joined in the fight because they believe the future of President Mahama is tied to the fortunes of the Party and they want to argue that case before the court with no other lead person than Tsatsu Tsikata.  That choice is quite symbolic, meant to scare the NPP defense.  Tsatsu carries the reputation of a jurisprudence expert and previous encounters with the Supreme Court have been a bruising challenge.  And he is the top gun in their legal petition for this. Read the rest of this entry »

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Corruption and the fabric of our Existence

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 21, 2008

By Mike Mensah-Bonsu, former National Chairman of PNC and staunch Nkrumahist

I think we shall be doing our country a great disservice if we single out Mr. J.J. Rawlings as a ‘betrayer’ of his own rules.

Similarly, I do not agree with the imprisonment of Mr. Tsikata on the basis of corruption even though “there may be” clear proof of wrongful doing.

My comments are in no way intended to defend or attack these gentlemen in question. However, I firmly believe that vindication can never be the best form of justice and of resolving problems in our society, otherwise we may have to ‘get rid’ of many people – we have far too many corrupt men and women in Ghana – singling out “scape goats” is not the answer. The killing of the Honourable Judges, Afrifa, Kotoka, Achampong, Akuffo, Yaw Boakye, Felli, etc., etc., is still haunting the Nation – the result of vindication.

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