Meeting Gone Bad? 'Learn to respect time' - Ambassador blasts gov't officials for lateness

The programme was scheduled to begin at 9am but the Korean delegation had to wait until after 43 minutes for officials from the Transport Ministry to arrive.

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Lyeo Woon-Ki, the Korean Ambassador with officials from the Transport Ministry play

Lyeo Woon-Ki, the Korean Ambassador with officials from the Transport Ministry

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The Korean Ambassador and a team of Korean engineers on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 hit hard at Ghanaians for their attitude to time and late attendance to programmes of national importance.

Lyeo Woon-Ki, the Ambassador, had arrived at a workshop to solicit the inputs of stakeholders for a Master Plan project for Accra, in which the Korean government had provided a $1.5 million funding with technical expertise.

The programme was scheduled to begin at 9am but the Korean delegation had to wait until after 43 minutes for officials from the Transport Ministry to arrive.

Mr. A. Selby and Mr. Lawrence Kumi, Chief Director and Director in charge of Research and Statistics respectively, of the Ministry of Transport, later offered an apology for their lateness.

Expressing his anger, Mr. Woon-Ki said “Ghanaians should learn to respect time because it is a valuable and precious resource”.

Hyeokjo Kweon, General Manager of Hanmac Engineering, the consultancy firm that is providing technical expertise for the Master Plan, also expressed his frustration.

“This is your time. Your government is wasting available time just like this. In Korea, if we schedule a programme to start at 9a.m, it starts at the same time,” he stated.

The Master Plan project seeks to address the traffic congestion in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area by 2035.

The Minister of Transport was expected to attend, but he sent representatives who arrived late.

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