The Chief Executive Officer, HealthPlus Ltd. Mrs Bukky George, has called for an attitudinal change to timeliness for improved productivity and development in the country.
She made this call at the TAMS Time Management Summit organised by SBTEL and Devices Ltd., in Lagos, with theme: From ‘African Time’ to ‘On Time’ – A Paradigm Shift.
She noted that the country cannot achieve true development without upholding accountability of time, resources and management, adding the country needs a paradigm shift from tardiness which African countries had been tagged with and caused low productivity in their socio-economic lives.
She said that devoting time to priority goals would assist people to achieve a lot.
Mrs Nneka Okekearu, Executive Director, Pan Atlantic University, Enterprise Development Centre said that many people are lackadaisical to timeliness in their daily routine.
According to her, lack of consequences attached to bad behaviour promotes the continuity of lateness among many people.
Mr Afolabi Abiodun, Chief Executive Officer, SBTELS and Devices said that research shows that 12% of annual labour was lost to lateness, tardiness, time theft and absenteeism.
“In this tough economic climate, that is a huge deficit.
There is no success you can make reference to that is devoid of time as a major contributing factor.
“A list of successful individuals in the world today, including Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Aliko Dangote, all emphasised that taking action at the right time was partly responsible for their success.”
Mr Kehinde Hamzat, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) said that time was essential in managing emergency situations in the country.
“For every minutes of delay in attending to an emergency, a life is lost.”
He said that timeliness should be inculcated into every area of our lives.