Well, thanks to Wednesday's Holiday, it's been a quick week. So let's do a quick review.
Monday started with a fascinating conversation about the weather. It rained last weekend, and as usual, Accra couldn't cope. Many homes were flooded – including mine. It all happened so fast, though. One minute, the skies were clear, the next minute, it was pelting down, turning my balcony into a swimming pool. And while I was wading through it all, trying to protect my property, my phone suddenly beeped. It was a weather warning from the Meteorological agency, warning me of a pending rain storm.
My initial thought was that it was a little too late to warn me of it when I was already knee-deep in it. It made me think of all the other times when the weather warnings were far too late to be of use to anyone. I thought of you, my friends – getting caught away from home when the rain starts, having your property damaged because of sudden flooding – and I realised just how important a suitably early warning would be.
So we asked the Ghana Meteorological service if they could explain to us the reasons for the delayed warnings. Why could they not tell us in advance what the weather was going to do? CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, all of them could give global weather forecasts for the next 24 hours. Why did we have to get ours while the event was actually happening? How is that even a FORECAST?
Kafui Quashigah of the Meteorological Agency told us that was the best they could do, It wasn't a tech issue – they had access to the same satellites that BBC and CNN etc had, but this was the best they could do. Oh, and also, because this is a tropical country, "the sun determines the amount of energy in the atmosphere". I'm still not sure what that means , or why it means CNN can tell me it's going to rain in Accra long before the Ghana Meteorological Agency can.
Also his week, we continued our conversation on public procurement. We learnt several interesting things. We learnt that there was only one person on the board who met the legally mandated qualifications and experience required of a board member. We learnt that the government constantly sought to interfere with the workings of the Public Procurement Authority. We also picked up some interesting details about the way in which the former CEO if the Authority was removed from his office. He was asked to resign by the then Finance Minister, who claimed the order was from above. Apparently, there was someone else whose need for the job far outweighed that of Mr Agyenim Boateng Agyei.
Anyway, so we now have a PPA which is so trigger-happy with sole-sourcing that they can approve contracts for the same brand of fertiliser in the same quantities from two separate companies and STILL do each contract under sole sourcing. The worst part, the reason they gave in each case was that the product being sourced was proprietary. That means there is only one company that has the rights to sell that product. Really? THEN HOW DID YOU GIVE THE SAME CONTRACT TO TWO DIFFERENT COMPANIES?
Also this week, many other voices have waded their way into the controversy around the Supreme court ruling in the Abu Ramadan case – including a Supreme Court Judge. Justice Dotse spoke yesterday, stating categorically that the Supreme Court ruling was for the EC to remove the names of all who registered with NHIA cards from the voters' roll. Already that has sparked uproar. Today, we will bring you the reactions of legal luminaries, as well as those affected by this ruling. Also, we will ask, does one Judge's comment and interpretation make? Today ought to be interesting.
Oh, and speaking of explosive comments made yesterday, the Inspector General of Police, John Kudalor, says the police will consider switching off social media before and during the November election to prevent lies being spread on the internet. They will also consider the option of having a social media presence of their own to monitor and police activities there. I wonder how you feel about that.
Also, we’re having an explosive conversation about the Ex Factor. And I don't mean the TV Show. Can your relationship with the people from your past ruin your future? We'll be joined in the studio by Lydia Forson and Nikki Samonas to investigate the Case of the Ex. Missing it will be a mistake.
My name is Kojo Yankson.
GOOD MORNING, GHANAFO