PRODUCTIVITY IS KEY TO SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
The Management Development and Productivity Institute (MDPI), under the auspices of the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations (MELR), launched its 2020 National Productivity Awareness Campaign dubbed “PRODUCTIVITY: A KEY TO SUSTAINABLE GROWTH” on Tuesday, 4th February, 2020 at the Ghana Shippers Authority, Accra.
0pening the awareness creation campaign, the Minister, Honourable Ignatius Baffour-Awuah expressed his desire to work tirelessly to enhance productivity in the country since it is a vital factor for sustainable economic development. The Honourable Minister advised employees to use their working hours effectively and desist from using such periods to practice their faith; run political rallies or hold unproductive meetings. He said Heads, Directors and even some Ministers are tagged as wicked when they refuse to accept pleas and excuses of employees who do wrong. Rather, they applaud and cherish leaders who condone wrong doing. The Minister cautioned bosses who cover up for their employees who go contrary to their work ethics to desist from such behavior.
Mr Kwasi Kwaning Bosempem, the Controller Accountant General in his speech cautioned Ghanaians to be time conscious, loyal, disciplined and committed to work. He indicated that every country desires to increase its national productivity but that can only be achieved when employers and employees practice and exhibit good attitude towards work. “Our attitude towards work needs to change in order to achieve the desired result” he emphasized.
He indicated that government has put in place initiatives towards the growth of this country. He further stressed that the onus now lies on us to put up the expected, needful and rightful work attitude to enhance productivity at all levels. He stated that the standard of living and development of the country will improve if we work efficiently and effectively to ensure productivity.
Mr. Kwaku Odame Takyi, Director General of the MDPI said that Productivity is critical in the development of a country and therefore urged Ghanaians to stay connected and join hands in promoting initiatives to help in national productivity and development. Mr. Odame Takyi informed the audience that there would be an essay competition on productivity for undergraduates and that the MDPI would look forward to tackling waste and wastage in the agricultural sector to enhance productivity.
The Chief Executive Officer of Diaspora Communication Network, Jermaine Nkrumah suggested that the government should introduce the double track system in the Civil Service whereby there would be shift in the working hours. According to him, the issues of traffic situations in town could be curbed if some work in the morning whiles others work in the afternoon. He added that there was the need to employ new methods of doing things by embracing modern technology and methods.
The programme was very interactive and that it gave room for contributions, questions and comments from the audience. While some participants suggested that hospitals should be built at workplaces for emergency cases, others cautioned that people should do away with bullying, gossiping and fighting at the office environment. It was also noted that if possible, government should incorporate productivity as a lesson in the Technical and Vocational Education and Training curricular (TVET).
The three-day productivity awareness campaign ended with a float from Obra Spot, Kwame Nkrumah Circle to the Black Star Square to inculcate productivity consciousness in the Ghanaian citizenry.