The Ghana Institute of Management (GIMPA) held its 6th congregation on Saturday. The ceremony which should have started at 9am rather started at 10:52am.
Ironically, speaker after speaker did not bother to apologise to the audience until President John Dramani Mahama apologised for the late start during his address. The President was the third speaker.
But for the President's apology, the audience had no clue as to what caused the delay.
If this had happened at any other Ghanaian institution, the authorities could have been pardoned but not at GIMPA, an institution of higher learning which is supposed to train and educate public administrators. Is this how students are being trained?
Maybe this explains why most people in the public sector do not have appreciation for scarce resources. Waste of precious time is unacceptable and this should be one of the major paradigm changes we need to make as a country if we want to develop.
I was at a congregation at the University of Cape Coast (UCC) and it was so on point. The ceremony started right on time.
It is about time we made a pledge not to waste our time and especially that of others. It does not show signs of respect.
The phenomenon of “Ghana time” must stop, it is not cultural. In my village in Tsiame & Anlo land, if the Chief asked you to come at a particular time in the olden days you had no choice but to report on time and people adhered strictly to time, else they risk “torko atonlia”.
It is interesting that I watched two major television news bulletins on TV3 and Multitv Ghana, on the GIMPA congregation but none mentioned the long delay.
As a people we have come to accept this mediocrity and which shouldn't be the case. I know we are all guilty but that is not an excuse, its the reason for our lower middle country status in the mist of all these rich resources both material and human. It is no good.
GIMPA I pray this is not systemic, if it is please change, maybe you should introduce a course module for all great people you train and educate. After all on Saturday you congregated the 1st lady Lordina Mahama, the wife of the running mate of the NPP, Samira Bawumia, the former Minister of Infomation and outgoing MP, the MP-elect for Odododiodio, Nii Lante Vanderpuije among others and yours truely’s better half as well.
Ghana, we are all guilty of this Ghana Time thing, it is terrible, it is unchristian, it is stealing other people’s time and it is the height of mediocrity. Lets stop it. We all need to change.
By Edem Ashigbey