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The most powerful advisor to our President is the singular reason for some of these cantankerous decisions – Franklin Cudjoe on UNIPASS Deal

I have been reflecting over how some major decisions with outrageous financial implications have been made- I have now concluded that the most powerful advisor to our President, a man with whom he served under ex-President Kufuor, is the singular reason for some of these cantankerous decisions.

The decision to replace unbroken ports valuation technologies, (cheaper and rewarding GCNet and West Blue, charging us 0.54% of FoB prices) with UNIPASS or its clone, (untested, pilot-tragedy prone and more expensive 0.75% of FoB) prices broke the camel’s back for me.

The contract itself is priced at $40m for ten years, yet contains clauses that list atrocious payouts to UNIPASS or its clone should the contract be broken by government- from $93m in the first year to $12m in the tenth year. What is worse, judicial judgement debts running into hundreds of millions of dollars must be paid out to existing GCNet and West Blue. But that would not be the Senior Minister’s own money. It would be your taxes.

A classic case of the Tragedy of the Commons- what belongs to you, you tend to take greater care of; what belongs to others, must fall into disrepair- for no one cares. So, there you are, with a classic example of political rather than economic advise from the older wise. The biggest question though, is with which younger folks, equally powerful are the older advisors pliant in this fishing expedition of a ports facilitation project?

Looks like my own beloved Finance Minister, my own savvy and sweet handler of our finances. Together, I dare say the two are the most powerful advisors of our dear leader. 
By the way, it is Sunday and the scripture I’d leave you with is taken from the 1st Kings.

1 Kings 12:6

King Rehoboam consulted with the older advisers who had served his father Solomon when he had been alive. He asked them, “How do you advise me to answer these people?”

1 Kings 12:8

But Rehoboam rejected their advice and consulted the young advisers who served him, with whom he had grown up.

1 Kings 12:10
The young advisers with whom Rehoboam had grown up said to him, “Say this to these people who have said to you, ‘Your father made us work hard, but now lighten our burden.’ Say this to them: ‘I am a lot harsher than my father!


Franklin Cudjoe 

Have a great week!!

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