23.04.2005 General News

Drama Galore At People’s Assembly

By Daily Guide/Graphic
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THERE was drama at the People's Assembly held at Nadowli, in the Upper West Region, during question time when a participant openly accused the district co-ordinator of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) of excessive drunkenness.

The participant, Mr William Dakurah, alleged that his name sake, Mr Y. Dakurah, was always drunk, which did not augur well for the district.

This prompted the Regional Minister, Mr Ambrose Dery, to call the district NADMO Co-ordinator to respond to the allegation, only for the man to come out staggering and reeking with alcohol.

“Sir, does he say I cannot write my name?”, he retorted and made a move to go to where his accuser was, but the Regional Minister stopped him and urged the Regional Co-ordinator of NADMO, Mr Timothy Domba, to take note.

Interactions with Mr Domba revealed that the conduct of Mr Dakurah had been reported to head office for the necessary action.

Another allegation made by Mr William Dakurah was that the District Director of Education, Mr K. Pagah, had four drivers with only one vehicle available which was bought recently for ¢18 million, but Mr Pagah denied the allegation and said his office had only two drivers and the ¢ 18 million was used to purchase a second hand engine for the vehicle.

Mr Dery told the gathering that a number of contracts had been terminated as a result of non-performance by contractors.

He observed that road contractors in the region lacked the capacity to undertake projects.

He said the only contractor, P/W Ghanem, had a lot of contracts in other parts of the country, thus making it difficult to complete all projects in the region on schedule.

Mr Dery assured the people that the government was committed to developing the country. The District Chief Executive for Nadowli, Mrs Paulina Ningkpeng, announced that 100 boreholes had been drilled in the district.

In addition to this, she said ¢475 million was used to sponsor students in tertiary institutions and teacher training colleges. She urged the people to be united for the accelerated development of the district. Dery's Drama At People's Assembly Daily Guide -- The Upper West Regional Minister, Hon Ambrose Dery, is reported to have created a drama at the People's Assembly at Wa last Tuesday, when he declined to sit on the dais erected for the assembly.

The minister's action is to register his displeasure and anger at the general gross disrespect for time, by the people, and the lukewarm attitude of workers of the Public Works Department (PWD).

The report said while the Regional Minister and other government officials arrived at the function, at exactly 9 am, the other high-ranking officials, including the host for the function, arrived about 30 minutes later, at a time when the PWD workers were still working on the dais.

When the workers completed the work and the minister was asked to mount the dais, he refused, and delivered his address from the public gallery, while the dais remained empty for all the time that the programme lasted.

The minister's action should serve as a wake-up call for all Ghanaians, no matter what their social status may be. For a long time, lateness to offices, appointments, functions, and even, to our own programmes, has been a problem for us.

But, we, Africans in general, are not making any efforts to solve that problem. Rather, the people have come up to christen the problem and glorify it as, “African Time”, as if Africans have a different sun from the rest of the world.

Perhaps, we, Africans, think that our times are different from the times of people in other parts of the world. Therefore, they can do things their own ways to suit their whims and caprices. They arrive at their work-places late, loafing and roaming about.

This may be one of the factors working against the advancement and progress of Africa. If, what would take about two hours to do, rather takes about three hours, obviously, the gains from that venture would not be the same. Just in case, those little bits of losses are added for sometime, the value would become big, and that would work against the venture.

What the workers of the PWD did, portrays the general work attitude of Ghanaian workers, especially those who are in government employment.

Unfortunately, they only put in a little, but they demand the highest remuneration. The picture is, however, different in privately-owned organisations.

Employees arrive at office, on time, and give of their best when they are there. Ultimately, the fortunes of such organisations keep rising. It is no wonder that those enterprises are the envy of the people of this country.

Unless Ghanaian workers change their attitude to work, and know that their prospects depend on the level of their productivity, there cannot be any meaningful change in their remunerations.

Workers cannot go to office late and roam about, but expect that their salaries and wages should be increased. If Ghanaians want to change their fortunes and that of the nation, they must change their attitude to work.

The change must not be limited to workers alone, it should extend to top government officials, as well. They are equally guilty in arriving at functions late.

There are times when government officials arrive at functions when the functions had ended, and the participants would be having refreshment. Incidentally, the officials join the participants at the refreshment.

Equally, there are occasions when Very Important Personalities (VIP) arrive at public functions at the time when “Vote of Thanks” is being given. This shows how late those personalities are.

Daily Guide urges top government officials to take a cue from the Upper West Regional Minister, and arrive at functions on time.

The paper feels that if the top government officials attempt to arrive at the functions early, it would push ordinary people to be there earlier.

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