Mr Emmanuel Kofi Nti, the Commissioner-General Ghana Revenue Authority, over the weekend signed a pledge of punctuality with Punctuality Ghana Foundation, a demonstration of his commitment to timekeeping and discipline at the workplace.
He said although he has already made strong commitment in ensuring punctuality at GRA through the signing of attendance books, he thought it necessary to reiterate that stand with the signing of the pledge.
He said the move by Punctuality Ghana came as no surprise, as the President, Nana Akufo-Addo, has on many occasions stressed the need for Ghana’s working force to adopt the habit of punctuality.
Speaking at the signing session at the Head Office of the GRA, Mr Nti said, the move, by Punctuality Ghana to campaign for punctuality was a laudable one and key to changing the mindset of Ghanaians.
He said the move called for an effective change in attitudes and called on Ghanaians to support the punctuality campaign.
Mr Nti said being punctual requires discipline, so people would have to be disciplined to be able to stay punctual, adding; “we cannot tolerate indiscipline and develop our nation at the same time.”
“As we have attitudinal change as a people, we will then see development going with it,” he said.
Mr Nti was happy about the need for collaboration with the campaign to ensure that Ghanaians pay their taxes on time, adding that the GRA was moving into digitsation to ensure that taxpayers could easily meet their tax obligations in various ways such as mobile phones.
Also speaking at the signing session, Miss Naa Meryeh Quaynor-Mettle, the Project Co-ordinator for Punctuality Ghana Foundation, said the visit to the GRA was part of Punctuality Ghana’s ongoing public education campaign on punctuality since June last year.
She said as a Civil Society Organisation, Punctuality Ghana’s mission is to facilitate Ghana becoming the most efficient African nation in the world, and to achieve that, their horizon must spread beyond going to work at 0800 hours and closing at 1700 hours to offering of a 24-hour service.
Miss Quaynor-Mettle said it is the mandate of her outfit to measure punctuality in terms of productivity, growth, development, increasing government revenue, minimising corruption, and making Ghana attractive for foreign investment.
Mr Emmanuel Amarquaye, Punctuality Crusader, said there is the need to look at the long bureaucracies that consumed time and money to an effective delivery of timely services that people would be willing to pay for.
The public education campaign project aims to promote punctuality and effective time management in the country and to harness potentials for rapid socio-economic development.