Rotary to install tower clocks across the country

Mr Jelfrey Afful,launching the programme. With him are Mr Sam Okudzeto,(middle) and Mr Winfred A. Mensah. Photo Michael Ayeh

Mr Jelfrey Afful,launching the programme. With him are Mr Sam Okudzeto,(middle) and Mr Winfred A. Mensah. Photo Michael Ayeh

The Rotary in Ghana is in discussions with the relevant authorities to mount tower clocks at targeted locations in the country as part of strategies to promote punctuality and time consciousness among Ghanaians.

According to the District Governor (D9102), Jeffery Afful, the installation of tower clocks was the second phase of Rotary’s ‘Punctuality and Time Management Project’, aimed at creating awareness and changing the negative attitude of Ghanaians towards time.

“As part of deepening the advocacy on punctuality and time management in the country, we have designed some tower clocks that will share time and messages, and are now talking to various authorities to get this done. These are all geared towards causing a change in our approach to the use of time, which is one of our weaknesses,” he stated.

He was speaking to Ghanaian Times in Accra yesterday on the sidelines of the launch of the 60th anniversary celebration of Rotary in Ghana.

The celebration would also include the commemoration of this year’s World Polio Day, which falls on October 24, and celebrate 10 years of no-polio cases in the country.

First introduced in the country in October 1958, Rotary in Ghana has currently 49 clubs in all 10 regions with members totalling 1,485.

The 49 clubs are part of Rotary District 9102, which also has other clubs from Niger, Togo and Benin.

Activities lined up for the celebrations, Mr Afful said, would include anniversary meeting, walk, symposium and career guidance seminars and workshops for members of the Rotaract Clubs.

As part of its contribution to Ghana’s socio-economic development, he said Rotary in Ghana supported the establishment of the Plastic and Reconstruction Unit of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, the Eye Clinic at the St. Dominic Hospital at Akwatia, the Dental Clinic at the Comboni Centre in Sogakofe, the out patients department of the St. Joseph Hospital in Koforidua, among others.

Since 1996, Rotary in Ghana, Mr Afful said, has invested about US$9 million to support polio eradication programmes and activities in the country resulting in Ghana recording the last case of polio in 2008.

“Presently, the organisation is undertaking a US$4 million water and sanitation project in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in six regions, comprising Greater Accra, Eastern, Western, Northern, Volta and Central, to provide quality water for residents in villages and towns,” he said.

In the area of education, Mr Afful said Rotary in Ghana was supporting the building of schools and supplying books, computers and other teaching and learning materials to schools across the country, adding that the organisation was also promoting the frontiers of peace and conflict resolution through offering scholarship to practitioners to specialise and improve on their capacities.

By Claude Nyarko Adams

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