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President’s spokesperson pledges to be punctual

By
Caroline Pomeyie/Gideon Ahenkorah, GNA

Accra, July 5 GNA – Mr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid,
the Spokesperson for the Presidency, has openly signed the punctuality pledge
and called on all leaders in Ghana to encourage punctuality in their work
places to increase productivity.

He articulated the President’s vision of
developing the country through industrial expansion and growth and the role
time management played in achieving productivity.

“It is imperative that we manage time. Part of
what the President said earlier is that when you go to work, you must be
productive,” he said.

Mr Mustapha who is also the Minister of
Information said this at a Punctuality Ghana Open Endorsement forum held by the
Wise Water Foundation in Accra.

He acknowledged that the issue of punctuality
was predominant in the public sector, adding that the use of the social media
during working hours was a bad work ethic prevailing and hampering
productivity.

He charged the event organisers, business
leaders, and lecturers not to tolerate lateness and exercise certain punitive
actions by “closing gates to events or doors to lecture halls when the time set
for the event is due regardless of the number of attendees.”

Mr Emmanuel Amarquaye, the Chief Executive Director
of Wise Water Foundation drew government’s attention to ensure that workers
were provided with the resources they require to work and deliver.

He noted that the government should consider
decentralising the Accountant General’s Department from being the only pay
master as workers would be more accountable if they were paid directly by their
management based on punctuality, regularity and efficiency.

“We can lock up the nation’s prosperity in
long bureaucracies leading to loss of time and money.

“The length of time to get land registered at
the Lands Commission, getting a passport, or acquiring a driver’s license is
demoralising” he added.

The Wise Water Foundation is a
non-governmental organisation established in 2008.

The foundation is embarking on a Punctuality
Ghana project to expedient economic prosperity by committing to punctuality.

It intends to roll out various activities
aimed at making the call to punctuality by President Nana Addo Dankwa
Akufo-Addo a reality.

Some of the activities include unannounced
attendant monitoring at work places, human signage, campaign floats and walks.

GNA

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