The Joy of Many Ghanaians if Mahama should Resign or Die

When it comes to the true definition of hardship, please let me offer some free advice, never visit the Oxford dictionary or any other dictionary but instead visit a country called Ghana with President Mahama as president. Yes, that is the president of Ghana and of course my president.
He seemed like that fine individual to replace our former president when he passed away. But when it comes as well that appearance are deceptive, then Mahama matches that saying a lot.

All of a sudden single the digit inflation, high economic growth and those good things Prof. Mills did are just running down the gutters with this Mahama administration clueless with respect to the direction the country needs to go.

In real sense, this president is just behaving like that king who of all sudden seem naked in public but his followers are afraid to tell him something.

He is just like this emperor:

There lived a vain Emperor whose only worry in life was to dress in elegant clothes. He changed clothes almost every hour and loved to show them off to his people.

Word of the Emperor’s refined habits spread over his kingdom and beyond. Two scoundrels who had heard of the Emperor’s vanity decided to take advantage of it. They introduced themselves at the gates of the palace with a scheme in mind.

“We are two very good tailors and after many years of research we have invented an extraordinary method to weave a cloth so light and fine that it looks invisible. As a matter of fact it is invisible to anyone who is too stupid and incompetent to appreciate its quality.”

The chief of the guards heard the scoundrel’s strange story and sent for the court chamberlain. The chamberlain notified the prime minister, who ran to the Emperor and disclosed the incredible news. The Emperor’s curiosity got the better of him and he decided to see the two scoundrels.

“Besides being invisible, your Highness, this cloth will be woven in colors and patterns created especially for you.” The emperor gave the two men a bag of gold coins in exchange for their promise to begin working on the fabric immediately.

“Just tell us what you need to get started and we’ll give it to you.” The two scoundrels asked for a loom, silk, gold thread and then pretended to begin working. The Emperor thought he had spent his money quite well: in addition to getting a new extraordinary suit, he would discover which of his subjects were ignorant and incompetent. A few days later, he called the old and wise prime minister, who was considered by everyone as a man with common sense.

“Go and see how the work is proceeding,” the Emperor told him, “and come back to let me know.”

The prime minister was welcomed by the two scoundrels.

“We’re almost finished, but we need a lot more gold thread. Here, Excellency! Admire the colors, feel the softness!” The old man bent over the loom and tried to see the fabric that was not there. He felt cold sweat on his forehead.

“I can’t see anything,” he thought. “If I see nothing, that means I’m stupid! Or, worse, incompetent!” If the prime minister admitted that he didn’t see anything, he would be discharged from his office.

“What a marvelous fabric, he said then. “I’ll certainly tell the Emperor.” The two scoundrels rubbed their hands gleefully. They had almost made it. More thread was requested to finish the work.

Finally, the Emperor received the announcement that the two tailors had come to take all the measurements needed to sew his new suit.

“Come in,” the Emperor ordered. Even as they bowed, the two scoundrels pretended to be holding large roll of fabric.

“Here it is your Highness, the result of our labour,” the scoundrels said. “We have worked night and day but, at last, the most beautiful fabric in the world is ready for you. Look at the colors and feel how fine it is.” Of course the Emperor did not see any colors and could not feel any cloth between his fingers. He panicked and felt like fainting. But luckily the throne was right behind him and he sat down. But when he realized that no one could know that he did not see the fabric, he felt better. Nobody could find out he was stupid and incompetent. And the Emperor didn’t know that everybody else around him thought and did the very same thing.

The farce continued as the two scoundrels had foreseen it. Once they had taken the measurements, the two began cutting the air with scissors while sewing with their needles an invisible cloth.

“Your Highness, you’ll have to take off your clothes to try on your new ones.” The two scoundrels draped the new clothes on him and then held up a mirror. The Emperor was embarrassed but since none of his bystanders were, he felt relieved.

“Yes, this is a beautiful suit and it looks very good on me,” the Emperor said trying to look comfortable. “You’ve done a fine job.”

“Your Majesty,” the prime minister said, “we have a request for you. The people have found out about this extraordinary fabric and they are anxious to see you in your new suit.” The Emperor was doubtful showing himself naked to the people, but then he abandoned his fears. After all, no one would know about it except the ignorant and the incompetent.

“All right,” he said. “I will grant the people this privilege.” He summoned his carriage and the ceremonial parade was formed. A group of dignitaries walked at the very front of the procession and anxiously scrutinized the faces of the people in the street. All the people had gathered in the main square, pushing and shoving to get a better look. An applause welcomed the regal procession. Everyone wanted to know how stupid or incompetent his or her neighbor was but, as the Emperor passed, a strange murmur rose from the crowd.

Everyone said, loud enough for the others to hear: “Look at the Emperor’s new clothes. They’re beautiful!”

“What a marvellous train!”

“And the colors! The colors of that beautiful fabric! I have never seen anything like it in my life!” They all tried to conceal their disappointment at not being able to see the clothes, and since nobody was willing to admit his own stupidity and incompetence, they all behaved as the two scoundrels had predicted.

A child, however, who had no important job and could only see things as his eyes showed them to him, went up to the carriage.

“The Emperor is naked,” he said.

“Fool!” his father reprimanded, running after him. “Don’t talk nonsense!” He grabbed his child and took him away. But the boy’s remark, which had been heard by the bystanders, was repeated over and over again until everyone cried:

“The boy is right! The Emperor is naked! It’s true!”

The Emperor realized that the people were right but could not admit to that. He thought it better to continue the procession under the illusion that anyone who couldn’t see his clothes was either stupid or incompetent. And he stood stiffly on his carriage, while behind him a page held his imaginary mantle.

How different is Mahama from the emperor? There seem to be that illusion that anyone complains about dumsor is perceived as an opposition. Tell the president he is incompetent and you will be asked whether you’ve been president before. As if the time he was criticising the then Kuffour administration he was the president. That of course goes on to buttress the point that this president of mine doesn’t listen to himself when he is talking.

Ghanaians are suffering but this man will tell you because I don’t knock on my neighbour’s door for iced water, I have improved a lot in living standard of living. What a joke we have as president! Listening to the president and his cronies speak and the next thing to do is to ask God the sort of crime we did in electing this man as our president? There are more than a million children in primary school but this man will make us to believe he needs to be applauded for distributing about 10,000 sandals to school children. What happens to the remaining 990,000?

If my president should resign, there will be joy all over with all churches and mosques are likely to be full for many will be thanking God for answering their prayer but if my president should die, there wouldn’t be much tears for his funeral and those few who will be crying, it will be tears of joy. Hahaha!

You can tag me as NPP but tell me if the NDC are exempted from the more than 50% utility increase? We all do go to the same market and the reality is indeed clear, our president is just behaving like that emperor and at the end there is no doubt he is wearing the clothes of nakedness.

My Daughter Before you Accept your Husband LISTEN! (Advice to All Ladies)

My Daughter, looking for a husband is not the same thing as looking for a job. When you are looking for a job, you think of money and luxury. But when you are looking for a husband, you think of love, commitment and sacrifice. Money is good but it is love and commitment that will bind your marriage.

Do you know what? When your Father approached me, I was 21. I still remember that day. He didn’t have a car, he used to drive his mother’s bicycle. I never used to do make up. We fell in love. Do you see this house? I was there when your Father built it. I use to come here every day and supervise the workers. You see that old red car outside? We both contribute money to buy it, it was our first car. Your Dad will use it Monday to Friday and I will use it weekend, except when one person need it more than the other. So, do not be afraid of starting small.

The most important thing is love, commitment and dedication. Behind every successful man is a woman and behind every unsuccessful man is also a woman, choose where you will belong. My Daughter, let a man see the real you and love the real you. When you pretend and look like what you are not and a man marry you, then one day when he begins seeing the real you, that is where problem will start.
There are some kind of men you should avoid or be careful with. If you see a man always giving money to people and helping so many people but when you visit his home, his sister looks hungry and the mother is badly dressed then be wise.

Think about it. A man that can’t support his own is not trustworthy. My Daughter be careful of a man with too many secret. Think twice about a man that keeps too much to himself. How can you live with a man you don’t know anything about? You have the right to know his fears and his dreams. Know what you are getting into. When I married your Dad I knew his plans and I played my role to help him and here we are. Watch carefully the way a man treats his sisters and people around him, habits are very hard to change, if he is treating them bad then he may treat you bad.
Pay every big attention to what I am about to say now, open your ears very well. If a man ever hit you while you are arguing, beat you up for any reason, do not bring such a man to introduce to me. Do not even think of marrying him. Or else you may spend every day defending your life instead of living your life. There are some men that don’t give because they don’t have but there are others that don’t give because they are stingy. Think twice about such men. If you see a man who drinks too much every time or smoke too much, do not expect him to change when you marry him. Marry someone you are sure you can live with, not someone you are hopping will change. Observe the kind of friends a man moves with, it has a lot to do with who he is.

My Daughter, I can’t choose a husband for you but i have given you advice that will guide you. I can’t wait for you to bring that man home and I can’t wait to dance with you on your wedding day.

The Best Quotes of All Time (6063 Worded Post)

It’s been three years since we shared our original list of some of the best quotes of all time, and we felt it was a good time for an update. We’ve added another 25 quotes for you. But these aren’t just any quotes.

These are quotes designed to inspire. They’re motivational quotes that will hopefully get you thinking about your life, your work, or your dreams and how you can make these things better.

“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” – Les Brown

“A goal is a dream with a deadline.” – Napoleon Hill

“The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same.” – Colin R. Davis

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” – Mark Twain

“Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly.” – Stephen R. Covey

“Anyone can do something when they want to do it. Really successful people do things when they don’t want to do it.” – Dr. Phil

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It goes on.” – Robert Frost

“All misfortune is but a stepping stone to fortune.” – Henry David Thoreau

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar

“Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.” – W. Clement Stone

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” – Mark Twain

“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” -Vince Lombardi

“In any situation, the best thing you can do is the right thing; the next best thing you can do is the wrong thing; the worst thing you can do is nothing.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self control — these three alone lead to power.” – Alfred, Lord Tennyson

“I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” – Thomas Jefferson

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney

“No one can cheat you out of ultimate success but yourself.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” – Bill Cosby

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” – Steve Jobs

“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” – Carl Bard

“Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.” – Samuel Johnson

“Every artist was first an amateur.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle

 

What are the best quotes of all time for you? Have you ever heard a simple line that inspired you to make a major change in your life? Has a quote ever changed your mind on an important issue or made you think about something in a different way? Do you just enjoy reading daily quotes, seeking a smile or a bit of motivation?

Everyone’s choices for the best quotes of all time will vary based on what influences them. But we’ve looked through hundreds of quotes and picked some of the best quotes of all time across several different categories to share with you here today. Enjoy them below, and if another quote didn’t make the list but you absolutely love it, please share it with us in the comments.

Please note: Categories are listed alphabetically, and within each category individual quotes are in no particular order. Some quotes have been shared with multiple versions on the Web with slight variations in each. If we ran into these situations, we chose the variation that appeared to be most commonly presented. Also, some quotes could technically fall under multiple categories. In those cases they were placed under the one we felt was most relevant at the time.

Can you spot the n@ked woman in this photograph? It’s not as easy as you might think

This photograph may on first glance just look like a pleasant photograph of an autumnal scene.

But on closer inspection, hidden within the landscape is a woman who can barely be marked out thanks to incredibly precise body paint.

Artist Jörg Düsterwald created the illusion with photographer Tschiponnique Skupin and a model called Nadine in a forest in Lower Saxony, Germany.

Nadine’s entire body was painted to match the bark of a tree trunk and the leaves on the ground.

Check it out!

 

Happy Birthday Boss

Today marks another milestone in the life of one of the best players I have ever seen in my life. Many know him as Roro but I do prefer to call him Dada Roro. He is indeed one of the best guys anyone could refer to as a friend. He is straightforward and will always let you know when you’re wrong and tell you at your face.

Dada Roro, please the entire team of Kojokrom.com wishes you a Happy Birthday filled with love. We hope to see you playing for Real Madrid in no time.

God Bless You.

A Deeper Look Into The Life Of Mansa Musa – The Richest Human Being Who Ever Lived

When we think of the wealthiest people in the world, we most often think of the Waltons (of Wal-Mart fame), Warren Buffett, or Bill Gates. However, if you go a bit further back in history, you’ll discover that the wealth of the kings, queens, and rulers of yesteryear trumps the bank accounts of most modern day millionaires and even billionaires by a mile.

In fact, during his time, one man controlled more wealth than Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and the most wealthy member of the Walton family, Sam Walton, combined. That man was Mansa Musa I. With an adjusted net worth of approximately $400 billion, Musa is without a doubt the richest man to have ever lived. So who was he? And why haven’t you heard more about him?

Emperor Mansa Musa I, also known as Musa of Mali (Mansa actually means “King of Kings”), was born in Mali, sometime in the 1280s. Mansa Musa came to be king in a rather roundabout way. His grandfather, Abu Bakr, was the brother of Sundiata Keita, the man who founded the Malian Empire. Neither Abu Bakr or his son, Faga Laye, ever took the throne, and Mansa Musa was appointed deputy ruler if the king ever went on an extended trip or pilgrimage to Mecca. He was appointed deputy under Abubakari II, who had visions of exploring the far reaches of the Atlantic Ocean.

Abubakari sent 200 boats out into the sea, ordering they not return from their voyage until they had reached the far side of the Atlantic, or until they ran out of food and water, whichever came first. Quite a long time later, one boat returned, with tales of a great whirlpool that had drowned everyone. Abubakari didn’t believe the captain’s story, so he took 2,000 boats, and appointing himself head of the expedition, set off to find the truth. As the King’s deputy, Mansa Musa became ruler in his absence. Abubakari II never returned, and Mansa Musa eventually inherited the throne.

Much of Musa’s wealth came from the production of mosques, madrsasas, and universities, many of which are still standing today. The University of Sankore was built during his time, and is still in existence. The quality of life in urban centers, such as Timbuktu, was vastly superior to other parts of the world at the time, largely due to the availability of work, and Musa’s control of the gold and salt trades.

When traveling throughout his kingdom on the way to Mecca in 1324, his procession included 60,000 people. Along the way, 12,000 of his followers carried four-pound gold bars, which he gave away to the poor everywhere he went. Unfortunately, this devalued the gold, especially in Cairo, Medina, and Mecca, and Musa subsequently borrowed as much gold as he could from money lenders in Cairo, even though it was loaned at a high interest rate.

As a result, he now controlled the price of gold for all of the Mediterranean. He also controlled more than half of the world’s salt supply. Between his gold and his salt, traders from as far away as Europe made annual trips to his kingdom from Venice, Granada, and Genoa, and this gave him the power to set prices as high he wanted.

In 1330, Mossi invaded Timbuktu, which Musa had annexed in 1325. He quickly recaptured the city, fortifying its boundary with a fort and a standing army. As a major seat for trade in the region, control of Timbuktu meant control of the flow of money. During his reign, Mali grew to have more than 400 bustling cities. Muslim scholars from abroad flocked to the University of Sankore to study, and Musa controlled everything from his massive palace in Timbuktu, which was constructed by architects imported from Andalusia in Spain. He also created one large system of government for most of the Western Sudan. Under his rule, the region was said to exist in “complete and general safety.”

Records of how Musa died vary greatly, so it’s unclear whether he died soon after returning from his pilgrimage to Mecca, or whether he continued to live for another ten years. His son, Mansa Maghan, became ruler in 1332, and his older brother, Mansa Suleyman, became ruler in 1336. Mansa Musa’s period of rule is recorded as 25 years, but whether his reign ended in 1332 because of his death, or his resignation, remains unclear. What is clear, is that for over two decades, one man almost single-handedly controlled a massively wealthy empire with multiple major trading ports.

Today, there aren’t any billionaires who could command 12,000 people to carry four-pound bricks of gold on an incredibly long walk. Or even billionaires who could affect the price of gold by simply being in charge. Mansa Musa was not only the wealthiest man to ever live, but arguably the most powerful. This may be a good part of the reason his story is skimmed over in most textbooks. That aside, Mansa Musa is a clear, and perhaps rare example, of a very wealthy individual who held at least an equal amount of power to go along with it.

10 Funny Photos Of Nigerian Police that will make you Laugh all Day

Let me make your day with these funny photos from the Nigerian Police. These are the men supposed to face Boko Haram and tackle kidnapping and armed robbering. But the question is, looking through these photos, can these men even catch a goat thief? Hahaha!

1. They work so hard

Some Common Misconceptions About Light Skinned Ladies

Here are some commonly held misconceptions about fair skinned women:

1. Bleaching: This tops the list because light-skinned ladies are mostly tagged with the word ”Bleaching” I know some of our ladies aren’t naturally fair, and there are ways one could identify them.

The knuckles and knee are good examples. In as much as we have high rate of bleachers, there are still the ones with the natural fair complexion.

Every complexion is beautiful be it light, dark or chocolate. Maintenance is all that matters.

2. Mermaid: This sounds funny, but true. Some people have the belief that light-skinned females are from the marine world.

Maybe this belief is derived from our Nollywood movies, whereby a light-skinned lady is allowed to play the character of a mermaid, while the dark-skinned one is given the role of a witch.

If you’re light-skinned and no one ever accused you of being a mermaid, then you’ve never been to Nigeria.

3. Flirts: A grown up lady is bound to come across admirers/suitors, but in this case, some people believe light-skinned ladies are flirts because of their flashy look and tend to have more admirers.

Also, they believe these ladies would surely accept the proposal of atleast 5 out of 10% of their admires, thereby making them a flirt.

4. Materialistic Nature: Some men believe light-skinned ladies are materialistic in nature.

A friend once told me he can’t date a light-skinned lady because he is not capable of taking care of her needs. Some get scared of approaching one for the fear of their pocket being drained.

The fact is, any lady could be materialistic irrespective of her skin complexion.

Lastly, many people believe being light-skinned gives one an edge in a place of work or gathering. There is a little atom of truth in this, but not in all situations.

What edge does a light-skinned female has when she is rude, arrogant and disrespectful? Edge has got to do with one personality, not complexion.

What at all is wrong with ECG that needs fixing?- Dr. Wereko Brobby writes

The Power Sector has been very much in the news this past week. News of the scheduled October arrival of the first of two power barges from Turkey is now shrouded in its own DUMSOR.

Power supply to the Koforidua and Kumasi Polytechnics were restored after the two institutions realized that electricity is not part of ‘free’ education politicians of all shades keep promising.

The Millennium Development Corporation broke its long silence on the 2nd Compact of its partnership with the Government of Ghana.

And last but not least, the PURC’s  travelling road-show on ‘realistic’ tariffs’ arrived in Takoradi and was ‘chased  out of town’, as it has been everywhere else it has been so far.

The common string holding all of the above events together is the Electricity Corporation of Ghana (ECG); which unfortunately seems to have become the butt of everybody’s complaint or blame, whether fair or foul.   In addition to all the above woes, ECG has borne the brunt of the people’s fury and exasperation for DUMSOR, which though is about to enter its 4th year, is described as “the temporary power situation” by a politically-correct radio advert.  As I am tired of repeating ad nausea, ECG can only share what VRA and other generators; produce. No more, but a little less.

For years, ECG has been seen as the ‘ugly’ sister of the Volta River Authority (VRA), whose unwillingness to stand up to the dictates of various governments,  has led to serious technical mismanagement of the Akosombo & Kpong Dams, as well as the Takoradi thermal plant. Thus it is rather VRA, and successive governments, who must thus take the largest large share of the blame for the perennial failure to ‘fix’, rather than manage, the recurring on –off DUMSOR for more than 30 years.

Ironically, instead of successive governments accepting that their inertia to invest in and interference on technical matters are primarily responsible for the failure to generate power sustainably and reliably for more than 30 years, they have sought to deflect the blame onto the VRA.  The result has been an increasingly irrational progression to turn ECG’s focus away from its seemingly challenged responsibility to distribute power, into a parallel bulk power generator.  .

Karpower, which is supplying the power barges from Turkey, is only one of almost 30 Independent Power Producers (IPPs) who have signed Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with ECG. At the moment, four (4) of the 29 IPPs, including Asogli and CENIT, are supplying power directly to ECG, through GRIDCO, by-passing the traditional; arrangement of letting VRA handle generation issues, whether public or through IPPs.  Nowhere in my near 30- year work in Ghana’s Energy Sector have I been involved in or read about the rhyme or reason for this substantial policy change that has turned ECG’s attention from its primary mission of efficiently distributing power to various end-users. I can speculate about non-rational reasons, but I prefer to hold my counsel for now.  .

Now hold on to your braces and read this carefully> If all of the 29 PPAs that the ECG has been coerced to sign come into fruition, ECG will become the largest power generator in Ghana, if not Africa. ECG will be saddled with nearly 6600 MW generation capacity when   its current peak demand for distribution is 1500MW. And by the way, Ghana total peak load demand is of just about 2000MW, including exports to Togo, Benin and supplies to the mines, all done by VRA.

For the avoidance of doubt,  ECG, which is set up to primarily distribute power the primary responsibility for distributing power, is inexorably having to turn its attention and energies to having the responsibility of managing  a generation reserve margin which will be equivalent to over 4times its present peak load demand.    ECG is moving away from being a DISTRIBUTION company into becoming THE MAJOR MANAGER OF POWER GENERATION in Ghana.

All the above will be additional to VRA’s current installed generation capacity of approximately 2200 MW. So we are now in this seemingly mad and inexplicable situation of Ghana’s committed power generation capacity ballooning to nearly 9000MW for a current Dumsor-free peak load demand of just about 2000MW. No wonder we see Ghana’s power priorities as one of exporting power like we do for cocoa and gold, instead of using it as the facilitator of the country’s drive towards value-addition to our commodities.

So where is this illusion coming from that the primarily purpose of the MDA Compact 2 is to spend nearly US$500 million to improve ECG’s DISTRIBUTION system through “PRIVATISATION”?  According to media reports of the MDA’s briefing last week, Ing. Owura Safo (a former Chief Executive of VRA) informed Ghanaians that the MDA Power Compact “aims at transforming ECG in terms of technology and efficiency in power distribution to become a stronger company able to meet the current and future needs of Ghanaian families”

It is my contention view that the MDA will have to square the circle of  improving DISTRIBUTION with the emerging reality of ECG fast becoming saddled with the major GENERATION mandate AS WELL. I would also venture to suggest that no sane private company, invited to address a DISTRIBUTION PROBLEM, will be amused to find a different reality. It is just as well that Ing. Sarfo informed us that the MDA has yet to prepare the tender document that would invite prospective private companies

One of the most enduring legacies left to us by our founding father, the Osagyefo, is an instinctive belief in state ownership as the best means of production.  Long after 1)Kutu Acheampong’s  “seizure of the commanding heights of the economy”, 2) the collapse of Soviet Communism; 3) the British Labour abandonment of Clause IV; and 4) the impressive transformation of China primarily through private production; most Ghanaians have  pavlovian rejection of the notion of ‘private involvement in state owned assets.    So it has been so far to last week’s briefing by the MDA into the imminent future of the ECG.

I have always held the view that whether we are dealing with state-owned or private companies, we should be more interested in the efficient delivery of services at an optimum cost than rather than an ideological obsession with the form of ownership s, period.  However, there is a fundamental concern about public ownership, which is the tendency for unbridled interference by politicians in the management of state-owned enterprises at all, levels, from investment to procurement, from management to employment.  It is in this respect that I would welcome a totally hands off ‘and fully accountable independent ‘management of ECG, assuming we can decide what it is to do.

As I argued more than 20 years ago, we need to separate ownership from management when discussing publicly –owned assets.  I argued then, and I repeat now; we should retain GHANAIAN OWWNERSHIP OF ECG by floating it on the Ghana Stock Exchange for the majority of shares to be purchased by Ghanaians.  That will allow ECG to be truly Ghanaian owned but not government controlled entity.

The sale of shares would bring the added benefit of raising the much needed funds to invest in the much needed improvements in technology and infrastructure that the so-called concessionaire is expected to bring to the table. A Ghanaian-owned entity will still have to be run by the most competent independent management, whether Ghanaian or foreign or mixed. All of us as shareholders will reap the benefits of good services and handsome returns from a well run ECG or baby ECGs as is deemed appropriate.

One of the key impediments identified hindering the start of the Compact is the massive indebtedness by the Government of Ghana to ECG. This is quite insane and unacceptable and has become one of the major albatrosses choking ECG’s performance.  And yet the same Government goes on to label Egg’s Ghanaian management as incompetent and incapable and gives this as the principal excuse to bring in private, almost certainly foreign stewardship.

In the interest of fairness to the current ECG, the Government of Ghana must pay its debts first and allow ECG to show it can manage its own affairs; and then call its bluff on the perceived inefficiencies in the local management that can only be solved by a foreign concessionaire. After all, Ing Owura Sarfo, the MDA’s Chief Executive (and fellow former CEO of VRA) confirmed the payment of the huge debt as a prerequisite for the start of Compact 2,

Having read the whole of the Compact 2 document, I cannot see any convincing case beyond the politicians desire to get hold of ‘freebie’ funds for the precedent insistence to turn over ECG management into private foreign funds. We have been down this road before and we need to revisit the outcomes before we plunge headlong into another experiment.

Yes, let’s remove the interfering political claws that have bedeviled Ghana’s power sector, by going for a Margaret Thatcher style share flotation to retain Ghanaian ownership of ECG and other players in the power sector. Then we can deal with the issue of private management on its own merits. It’s important that we don’t forget that France’s EDF and Ireland’s .ESBI, and many other global utilities are still public –owned and still better managed as commercial entities,

Ghanaians were worried when October came and the barges had not shown up, They need not be because the barges have quite frankly gone well past their ‘sell-by dates’, in respect of the imminent  resolution of our ‘temporary  power situation.’  I need to place on record that was a supporter and indeed cheer leader for the injection of power barge. However this support was premised on the promised that these would be injected by last April 2015.  The current reality is that even of the barges arrive now, it will unlikely that they could be deployed before January 2016, after the promised end of 2015 to end DUMSOR.

Fortunately, we are now in the happy position that our own home grown thermal capacity which were down, have all been rehabilitated and in some cases had their capacities expanded.    Our home grown working thermal capacity is over 1000 MW. This is in addition to our hydro capacity of almost 1600 MW. Additional home grown thermal capacities are on stream to be concluded in the near future.

However we need to tamper the good news of better thermal capacity with the worrying problem of cash flow constrictions and overwhelming debt to both power generators, and fuel suppliers to produce adequate energy to complement the reduced hydro production on account of low water levels in the Akosombo lake.

VRA currently owes over US$ 180 million to its Nigerian gas suppliers and the West African Gas Pipeline Coma my (WAPCO) the gas transporters.  The suppliers have given notice that if they do not hear some commercially sensible commitments from our Government by this Wednesday, they will reduce the supply to the minimum level necessary to maintain its technical integrity, which will be one quarter of contracted supply.  VRA also owes the Ghana Gas Company over US$ 100 million. If Ghana Gas runs out of money, all of Takoradi will shut down too.

ECG is unable to pay the Asogli IPP several million dollars for the power it has already supplied. Therefore Asogli is unable to pay VRA for the Nigerian gas it uses too generate the power, which of course is largely why VRRA is unable to settle its gas debts. To all this, add the billions of unpaid bills by the Government to ECG

Thus there is little likelihood of there being fuel to run neither the Turkish barge, nor any other thermal capacity in the so called emergency pipeline anyway. To compound the problem, the continuing closure of the TOR refinery means that the fuel originally targeted to run the barge is no longer available.

For ECG,  the non arrival of the barge may turn out to be a blessing in disguise, delaying the need to find additional revenue to pay Karpower when it is still struggling to pay its huge debts to ASOGLI, VRA and the IPPs it is already been forced to work with.

And what about the PURC road show on realistic tariffs?  Poor ECG has been at the forefront of the case for charging realistic tariffs. It has to do so in the midst of DUMSOR that is perceived to be on account of its shortcomings, even though they are not the culprits. It’s a tough and thankless task and it is not surprising that its very meritorious case has been roundly rejected everywhere it has been put.

And the unkindest cut of all for ECG. When it tries to collect the debt that it is owed, somebody somewhere, usually a big politician, suddenly perceives a hemorrhaging of political support, resulting in an order to restore power that has not been paid for. I am all for ECG cutting off anybody and every institution which owes it for power consumed. This must be without any exception, not even for the so called security institutions. It is the responsibility of the Government to ensure that ‘free goods and services’ it promises ’are paid for. We cannot afford another episode of “even the few amenities….” Dawn broadcast

So it is imperative for we the people of Ghana to answer the fundamental question, namely “What do we want ECG to do; What at all is wrong with the ECG; and. how best do we fix  ECG’s problems to ensure we can get the best from this strategic public asset? “

I am afraid we are yet to get clarity on the first let alone start to shape the relevant and appropriate path to credible solutions.

BREAKING NEWS: October has shifted to the end of November for the arrival of the first of the Karpower barges. Will the people of Ghana spend Christmas in DUMSOR for a fourth successive year?, Will the Minister of Power be at post by the end of year?  Watch this Space.

By: Charles Wereko-Brobby (Dr.)

Chief Policy Analyst, GIPPO

Email: tarzan@eyetarzan.org

 

When A Man Is Ugly And Old And Marries A Beautiful Virgin – What Happens Next?

First, let me introduce Mr Adam Oshomhole, the governor of Edo State of Nigeria. Adam is an ugly 63 years old short man but he is rich. Recently, he married a new Eve who is young enough to be his daughter.
Adam is not only lucky that he caught his Eve young; he also claimed that he was the first man that she offered her apple to. This modern Adam is damn lucky to have found and married a virgin who is in her 20s; a feat that has made it easier to find a ‘needle in a haystack’.
So, what could have driven a virgin into marrying a short and ugly 63 year old man who is older than her father? Is it money or fame or love?
The answer will eventually reveal itself after January 2016 when Adam seizes to be the governor of Edo State.
Meanwhile, here are few highlight of what happens when an ugly old man marries a beautiful virgin.
Paranoid:
As an ugly old man, Adam must be conversant with the lyrics of that famous song by Dr Hook – “When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman”
“When you’re in love with a beautiful woman 
It’s hard
When you’re in love with a beautiful woman 
You watch your friends
Everybody wants her; Everybody loves her 
Everybody wants to take your baby home”
And thus, when Adam was asked by Pres Buhari to be part of his entourage to see Pres Obama; Adam was the only man that took his wife along. Even Pres Buhari who equally has a beautiful wife didn’t travel with his wife. Well, that’s confidence. And for Adam; that’s paranoia.
Why wouldn’t he be (as an old ugly man with a young wife) especially in this world that trust has lost its trust? Moreover, he will need to impress the young wife that he is connected to the high and mighty. And perhaps, introduce her to Obama. But unfortunately that wasn’t possible because in America there’s no room for frivolities.
Toughie
Having shown signs of paranoia, the ugly old man must improve his image by showing his young wife that he is a tough dude. And that’s what Adam has been doing since he came back from that American trip. He has been unnecessarily lambasting the former administration of Pres Jonathan.
Adam started by saying that US officials gave them a list of corrupt Nigerian officials that have stolen the country dry. He said in that list was an official that stole $6 billion from Nigeria. But America has since denied ever handing over any list to Adam Oshomhole and co.
But when his American propaganda unravelled, Adam practically accused Mrs Okonjo-Iweala, the former Finance minister of corruption. For the last few months, he has been reeling out unsubstantiated figures that he claimed that Okonjo-Iweala mismanaged/stolen.
I wonder why Adam could accuse anyone of corruption when he takes more than US$2 million from his state’s coffers as security vote every month. And he doesn’t give account of how the money was spent. When a government official spends money without accountability; it’s corruption.
Anyway, Adam, everybody knows that you want to appear as a tough dude before your virgin-Mary wife. But please don’t malign Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala trying to achieve that. Okonjo-Iweala is a woman of integrity, a renowned economist and a former World Bank vice president. She is no match to a little mind like Adam Oshomhole.
Obviously the international community didn’t believe Adam’s corruption accusation against Okonjo-Iweala. If they did, GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance founded by Bill Gates wouldn’t have asked the woman to join its board. In addition, US investment bank, LAZARD has asked Mrs Okonjo-Iweala to join its sovereign advice division.
Adam, I know it’s hard ‘when you are in love with a beautiful woman’ especially if you forgot to take your Viagra the previous night.
In all, you are advised to always remember to take your medicine; with that you may not have to prove your toughness to your young wife in order to remain viable. And that may also help to reduce your paranoia.

Source: Dozideas.com