The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), has served notice that it will suspend 25 workers of the Assembly who reported to work late on Wednesday.

Public Relations Officer for the AMA, Gilbert Nii Ankrah, told Citi News the staff have already been handed query letters.

Authorities at the AMA ordered the closure of the gate to the office at exactly 8:30 am, in a move to tackle lateness to work,
a common practice within the public sector space.

The AMA PRO, Gilbert Nii Ankrah, says the move is to ensure productivity improves at the workplace. Despite being queried, he says no matter their responses, they
would be suspended for for a period.

“They were just locked up and asked to go back home and come back today [Thursday] for their query letter, and explain why
they came in late. Currently, those whose names appear on this very list will be suspended. They will be suspended for a period yet to be fixed by management,” he said.

50 Metro Mass workers sent home

A similar incident occurred on Tuesday at the head office of the Metro Mass Transit Services in Accra, when the Board
Chairman paid an unannounced visit and discovered most workers were coming in late.

Corporate Communications Manager of Metro Mass Transit,George Krobea Asante, told Citi News that the management of
the company will meet to determine what further sanctions will be meted out to the affected workers.

“In his [Ahmed Arthur’s] wisdom, he asked them to go back to their houses for a decision to be taken later by management.
“Whatever decision that 8management has to take will be in line with what is provided within the collective bargaining agreement
of the workers.”

Mr. Krobea Asante stressed that punctuality was a basic tenet
of the transport industry hence the need for discipline.

 

Showmanship or real action?

Not many are impressed with these actions which are largely considered to be acts of showmanship by top officials, who
should rather be focusing on instituting an improved systems to ensure that the discipline of punctuality becomes a part of
people, and that people get punished for flouting the rules.