- President Nana Akufo-Addo has charged workers to rise above the lackadaisical status quo
- He also indicated that improving pay levels without improvement in productivity to commensurate would result in economic instability for Ghana
- Nana Addo further noted that his government would work at employing more people into the formal sector
President Nana Akufo-Addo has chided the Ghanaian worker for their lackadaisical and unsatisfactory attitude towards work.
Addressing workers on May Day, the President noted that Ghanaian workers have no respect for working hours and engage in unproductive acts.
“We arrive at work late and then spend the first hour in prayer. We are clock watchers and leave in the middle of critical work because it is the official closing time. Everything comes to a stop when it rains and we seem to expect the rest of the world to also stop.
“We have no respect for the hours set aside for work; we pray, we eat, we visit during working hours. We spend hours chatting on the telephone when customers are waiting to be served thereby increasing our labour cost. We take a week off for every funeral and then we wonder why we are not competitive,” Akufo-Addo said.
He added the average worker should be committed towards Ghana by working very hard to boost the country’s economic fortune.
Meanwhile, Ghanaian workers today [May 1] joined millions of workers across the world to mark May Day.
Workers’ Day is set aside to recognise and celebrate the contribution of Ghanaian workers to nation building.