Time Mismanagement, A Bane To Our Development - Palmer Buckle

Most Reverend Gabriel Charles Palmer-Buckle, the Catholic Archbishop of Accra, has expressed concern about Ghanaians lack of respect for time and punctuality to events.

He noted that there was so much indiscipline with respect to time, noting that

It had contributed to under-development in many areas of the country's economy.

“This attitude has contributed to the immense decrease in productivity," he stressed.

The Catholic leader, therefore, called on political leaders to take a firm stand and tell Ghanaians the right policies they would introduce to address the issue when voted into office.

He made these remarks when he paid a courtesy call on the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) in Accra.

The purpose of his visit was to ascertain the spiritual well-being of his members and the military in general.

Present at the meeting were the clergy, some retired commanders of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and some current commanders in the force.

On the upcoming December polls, Most Reverend Palmer-Buckle said all registered Ghanaians voters should exercise their franchise on that day, adding that it was their civic responsibility to choose leaders to manage the country.

He added that it is their duty the clergy to pray for the nation, emphasising that the Catholic Bishops' Conference sometimes go to the extent of having close door meetings with political activists who make wrong pronouncements on political platforms.

"Ours is to pray for the country and as a group we, sometimes, have close door talks with political leaders when they make some wrong statements which could lead to tension," he stressed.

On his part, Air Marshall Michael Samson-Oje, the Chief of Defence Staff, said the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) would not accept any form of actions that would jeopardise the peace existing in the country, warning "the military will act fiercely against that".

He indicated that his outfit was ready to cooperate with the Police Service and other security agencies to ensure order before, during and after the general elections.

Politicians, he said, were not getting it right on their campaigns, hence the need to be weary of what their actions could cause to the country.

The head of the GAF added that his outfit was neutral and ready to defend and serve Ghana first before any political party.

He advised the media to desist from announcing the final election results ahead of the Electoral Commission.