The Rotary Club Ghana is to launch a campaign aimed at helping Ghanaians to cultivate punctuality and time management.
Through the advocacy, the Rotarians intend to instil in Ghanaians proper time management, as well as encourage punctuality.
Dubbed: “Rotary punctuality and time management project”, the long-term project is to fight against the mentality of ‘Ghana Man Time’ (Ghanaians’ own time).
The District Governor of Rotary District 9102 in Africa, Mr Sam Worentetu, made this known when he led a delegation to pay a courtesy call on the Managing Director of the Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCGL), Mr Kenneth Ashigbey.
The call was to afford the club the opportunity to form a partnership with the GCGL to enable the club to use the group’s platform for the advocacy of time management and punctuality.
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The Rotary Club was established in Chicago, United States of America, on February 23, 1905 as a service club.
Through the formation of clubs in diverse locations, members learn and share expertise and skills, build relationships and take action to solve societal problems.
Mr Worentetu said time was an irreplaceable asset which needed to be valued.
He said Ghanaians’ poor attitude to time management did not only earn Ghana a negative reputation but also cost the nation development, as time resource was being wasted.
On the campaign, he indicated that Rotarians and their partners could put punctuality on the front burner of their agenda and get Ghanaians to put value on every minute that God had given to them.
As a country, he stated, a change in attitude to time would not only contribute enormously to development but also contribute to the country’s self-esteem and enhance its reputation in the long term.
Recalling the strong media advocacy which was given to polio immunisation in 1999 which had today led to the eradication of the disease, Mr Worentetu said the media could put the same energy into the present campaign to cause a change in Ghanaians’ consciousness about time.
Mr Ashigbey agreed with Mr Worentetu, saying: “Time is an irreplaceable resource and societies that are making progress are the ones adding value to it.”
“But, unfortunately, in Ghana we have what is Ghana Man Time, which tells the story and it is the reason we are not making much progress with all the other resources that we have,” he said.
According to him, if Ghanaians would place value on time and realise that it was a very important resource, it would translate into massive development.
He said foreign investors’ interest in the country did not depend solely on economic factors but consciousness and attitude towards time counted, especially in an era when people were competing for development and resources.
On that note, Mr Ashigbey pledged the company’s support for the project, saying: “It is our mandate to help Ghana develop and so we will associate with the project.”