Nothing wrong with “selling” the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG)

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Folks, the removal of William Hutton-Mensah as Managing Director of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) and his re-assignment to the Ministry of Power/Energy by President Mahama has provoked some kind of public discourse and angered a cross-section of workers of the ECG.

Apparently, those objecting to the President’s action are raising reasons to suggest that the President’s action is misplaced, uncalled-for, and vindictive (because of allegations that Hutton-Mensah couldn’t see eye-to-eye with the government on how the ECG should be managed). The cross-section of aggrieved ECG workers have even threatened to take to the streets to register their protest and to hammer home their demand for Hutton-Mensah to be reinstated. President Mahama hasn’t budged and won’t do so. I respect him for that doggedness as the fount of authority in/of Ghana acting to make change happen. Continue reading

Imposing a 17.5% petroleum tax on the country is unacceptable

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Folks, there is every good reason to condemn the government for imposing a 17.5% tax on so-called selected petroleum products, especially at a time that the cost of living has worsened because nothing is adding up well for those managing the economy.

I strongly oppose this imposition and support the Minority in Parliament for refusing to support it. I haven’t been keen on walk-outs or boycotts but its use by the Minority this time is justifiable. The bill imposing the tax was presented under a certificate of urgency and passed into law today. The president of Ghana would be waiting to assent it when passed, Minority MP, Mark Assibey Yeboah, Minority MP and a member of the Finance Committee, said.

Reasons given by some members of the Minority are reasonable and supportable: Dr. Assibey Yeboah, has expressed serious disappointment about the 17.5 percent tax on petroleum. He described the tax imposition as “criminal” and vowed to “resist with my blood”.

(See more at: http://www.myjoyonline.com/business/2014/November-19th/govt-imposes-175-vat-on-petroleum-products.php#sthash.lNDPkhnz.dpuf). Continue reading

The NPP’s false alarm politics won’t fly

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Folks, I have been to Ghanaweb to read a news report in which Dr. Pink Sheet Mahamudu Bawumia was quoted as castigating the NDC administrations under the late Atta Mills and Mahama as borrowing excessively yet showing nothing for it in the country to prove how the money was used. (See the detailed news report at:  http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/artikel.php?ID=335401&comment=0#com).

I won’t tax my brains at all in unpacking Bawumia’s allegations. Instead, I have decided to pick comments from readers of the news report to shed light on the issues. Generally, the comments indicate  that Bawumia should have known better not to go that way. Indeed, this recourse to raising “false alarm” seems to be the most preferred line of politicking by the NPP. No suggestion is given to help us know how any government (especially one under the NPP—May God forbid, though) can do things to solve Ghana’s problems without resorting to the international donor community. Continue reading

This emerging “trend” is worrisome, but…

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Folks, when I read a news report yesterday that angry residents of Abeka Lapaz-Tabora (a suburb of Accra) on Sunday afternoon blocked roads and destroyed property at the Kwashieman power station over persistent power cuts in the area, I cringed, clearly because I knew that it was an action that would have a rippling effect. True to my apprehensions, something has happened elsewhere to tie in with it.

Angry residents of Odorkor (another suburb of Accra) replicated the actions by consumers in Abeka Lapaz-Tabora. The general complaint is that “the frequent power outages have destroyed their home appliances and made it impossible for them to plan their lives. (See more at: http://www.myjoyonline.com/news/2014/November-16th/angry-abeka-residents-destroy-ecg-properties-over-power-cuts.php#sthash.nOTMgRMj.dpuf). Continue reading

When falsehood dominates our politics, fools prevail as heroes

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Folks, out of happenings reported over the period, two have caught my attention for what they are: either plain political mischief on display or roguery at its best being enacted.

  1. “MAHAMA, NDC “STEALING” FROM THE STATE—AGYEPONG”

Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyepong, has accused President John Mahama and members of his government of stealing from the state. According to him, the only agenda of the government is to plunder the state of every resource: “The situation in Ghana is so disgusting and appalling, you ask yourself if really there are leaders in the country.”

“President Mahama and the NDC, their idea of governance is stealing; everybody is stealing. They are embezzling state funds as if there is no tomorrow,” the outspoken MP told the US-based Sahara TV in an interview. (See: http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/artikel.php?ID=335211).

MY COMMENTS

I know Kennedy Agyapong for what he is—a buffoon of an empty braggart who is no stranger to us because he is really STRANGE when it comes to decency in local and national politics. In other words, he is one of the high-ranking rogue politicians on whose shoulders the future of the NPP rests. Such a character will do only one thing, which is to continuously dim the NPP’s light for as long as he uses rabble-rousing and inanity as his main political weapon.

Where on earth can an MP make such serious allegations without providing evidence to support them? What has President Mahama led his government members to steal from the state? Where is the proof that there is a concerted agenda by this government to steal public funds and state assets? Can any of these people being maligned proceed to court against this zany NPP politician?

If I were one of those on his lips, I won’t hesitate at all to sue him and ensure that the matter is heard to its logical conclusion. For as long as such characters go to town and spew garbage without being taken to task, we shouldn’t expect any clean politics to be done in the country. I wonder what the electorate in Assin Central have seen in this lummox to elect him as their representative in Parliament. Is he really a reflection of what they are? Is that what will promote the interests of Assin Central? I wonder.

  1. “GHANA’S ECONOMY HAS BECOME “BUY AND SELL”—CATHOLIC BISHOPS”

The Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference is concerned about the “high cost of living [and] hyper-inflation” and has called on the John Mahama-led administration to swiftly address it since it is affecting “the family adversely.”

The Bishops noted in a communiqué after their meeting in Accra, Saturday, that high cost of goods and services coupled with a depreciating Cedi is making Ghana’s economy “fast becoming one of buying and selling.” (See: http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/artikel.php?ID=335182).

MY COMMENTS

Here come the “Men-of-God” in long chains and cassocks who seem to have just woken up from a long hypocrisy-induced slumber. Where have these Bishops been all these years not to know that Ghana’s economy has always been a “buy-and-sell” one? It has been so ever since buying and selling became an attraction. Let these Bishops tell me where in the world buying and selling as a means to eke out one’s livelihood is not practised!!

The problem with these Bishops is that they are quick to turn around already-known issues and colour them with politically motivated sentiments in pursuance of the agenda that they alone have set and wish they could prosecute to the full. Unfortunately for them, their agenda is still-born.

Ghana’s economy is well known for what it is—producing primary commodities that aren’t processed in the country or consumed locally. Which of our main exports (cash crops and minerals or lumber) are processed locally to prevent the petty trading (buy-and-sell) from dominating the economic sphere? Do these Bishops not know why Ghana is still what it is as a producer of primary commodities? Or why industrialization hasn’t been preferred?

Any time these Bishops make comments of this sort, they bewilder some of us because they can’t tell me that they don’t know what the Great Osagyefo began in the country by way of industrialization—small-scale industries dominating—or agriculture (Workers Brigade, for instance), which his enemies torpedoed with the 1966 coup. Since then, Ghana has been lost on the path of development. So, it is despicable for them to turn round to conclude that the economy is a “buy-and-sell” one under the Mahama-led administration. It is so more especially because of the tension at the industrial front at the moment.

And when these “Men-of-God” come put to brazenly talk about such issues and claim that corruption is thriving under President Mahama, they force me to ask them a simple question: How are they observing their cardinal principle of celibacy? If they can answer me satisfactorily, I will bow to them.

WHAT, THEN?

Folks, we can see where all these agitations and the brains behind them are heading toward; but for as long as they becloud their minds with falsehood, the truth will always determine their fate at the polls.

And after running around like headless chickens in their rabid politicking to condemn President Mahama as incompetent, some of them are now recoiling as they come face-to-face with reality. None other but  Mrs. Ursula Owusu Ekuful reinforces it all to expose their stinking hypocrisy:

“The Member of Parliament for Ablekuma West, Ursula (a known and vitriolic critic of the President), praised government for the project admitting that “I cannot say that the President has not done anything.”  (Read more at: http://www.citifmonline.com/2014/11/16/mahama-inaugurates-new-school-deprived-okpoti/#sthash.ai7yPXTv.bZZHQJFQ.dpuf”).

Folks, you can see in the pictures how Ursula is beaming with smiles as she shakes hands with President Mahama and also interacts with the AMA Chief Executive (people that she and her NPP cabal members haven’t ceased insulting at will to claim that they are incompetent).Take a good look at the images to see things for yourselves and wonder whether with such monumental accomplishments, the Mahama-led administration can be accused of “sleeping-on-the job” or stealing Ghana’s property as foolishly alleged by Kennedy Agyapong.

Only the “truth” should set us free in Ghana. Who is to tell it, especially when evidence about that “truth” exists and draws attention to itself but is side-stepped? Certainly, not the rogue politicians. Our bane!

I shall return…

Stoning women to death in Ghana?

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Folks, when we are looking for solutions to our country’s systemic problems so living standards can be improved for Ghanaians to live their lives in decency and look forward to a bright future, our Parliament raises nothing but fiddlestick.

It can’t offer anything sensible to help us. It hasn’t been able to do so over the years and can’t do so soon just because it is not made up of people who are genuinely interested in helping solve problems. The self-seekers that they are, whatever comes from them is flyblown. Continue reading

What have all these street demonstrations achieved for the NPP?

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Folks, I have been assessing issues regarding all the demonstrations by pro-NPP organizations and others against the Mahama-led administration all these years. Despite these demonstrations, nothing shows that the government has bowed to the pressure being mounted on it to do things differently. Those organizing the street demonstrations have relented and are going about things as if they have no other means to effect any change than such actions. And a critical assessment of the forces behind such demonstrations reveals that it is the NPP that is stage-managing and teleguiding it all. Why are these Mahama loathers so daft? Can they not choose better means to influence the electorate and help us grow our democracy?

Let me be very blunt to say that the systemic problems militating against Ghana’s development are not being solved because of many factors, particularly those based on the negative Ghanaian mentality and attitudes. You already know what the “Pull-Him/Her-Down” syndrome entails. Beyond that is the pervasive tendency of dissembling—those openly criticizing corruption hiding behind smokescreens to perpetrate that very act. Corruption is everywhere and cannot be eradicated because it is the “in-thing”. Continue reading