Accra, July 13, GNA - Mr Emmanuel Amarquaye, the Lead Crusader for the Punctuality Ghana Foundation has advised Ghanaians to actively participate in the development agenda of the country to ensure that it becomes a reality.
He said it was imperative that citizens saw themselves as well abled to develop the nation.
He made the call during an endorsement of the Punctuality Ghana public education campaign by His Excellency, Ronald Strikker, the Netherlands Ambassador to Ghana in Accra.
The campaign, which had received over 20 endorsements from civil servants, policy makers, ambassadors, religious leaders, politicians, among others, is geared towards creating awareness about the impact poor attitudes to time and work had on productivity and national development.
The punctuality crusader stated that the country’s economic independence relied on its ability to constantly increase the internally generated funds to meet its developmental goals.
A feat he said could only be chalked through adopting positive work ethics.
“The 20 endorsers to the punctuality public education awareness campaign have all alluded to the fact that poor attitude to time and work are the major setbacks impeding our speedy development. To turn things around, therefore, requires a change of attitude to time and work”, he said.
“Let us all be disciples of punctuality and Ghana will be transformed in no time”, he added.
His Excellency Ronald Strikker on his part noted that more productive hours would be saved when state agencies and organisations adopted a more responsive approach to public requests.
He said more often than not, people were made to spend most of their productive hours waiting for a request to be processed, a phenomenon he noted retarded development.
While commending leaders of Punctuality Ghana Foundation for the initiative, the ambassador called for renewed mindset towards time and work, adding that, his office was ready to ensure that punctuality was upheld to foster development.
“I think it is a fantastic civil society, private initiative and I really applaud you for that. I am very sure that you are going to have results and I see the government and the president stick to punctuality at large. This is necessary because it obliges us to be on time and as ambassadors, we have to be on time”, he stated.
Miss Naa Meryeh Quaynor-Mettle, the Project Co-ordinator for Foundation also noted that donors could only be partners in achieving the development agenda of the country if the citizens were ready to build the nation by themselves.
She further urged policy makers to take into consideration punctuality in the planning process in order to reduce time wastage, especially in traffic to bolster productive.