In a spirited plea under the banner “attitudinal Change”, that Republic’s Chief Executive bluntly told his people that unless they undertake a radical transformation in their attitudes from personal greetings to their individual and collective approach to fulfilling their patriotic responsibilities to their country, they will be left behind.
It was a clarion call to a populace that had embraced a lackadaisical approach to everything including personal and much needed nationalistic improvements in their nation’s deteriorating work ethics.
That presidential admonishment is very appropriate to prevailing attitudes in Liberia today.
On any given day in this ‘Sweet Land of Liberty’, you will come face to face with a bona fide citizen of this Republic behaving in a way that tends to suggest that he or she has never heard the word ETHICS.
Enter any commercial establishment in any town in this country we call Liberia and you will see employees whose unethical behavior tells you that they are completely oblivious to the ethical requirements of their respective assignments.
Even the banking community is not immune to this retarding habit. Front office personnel in most banks can be seen making endless private telephone calls on their mobile phones in complete disregard for the customer who is kept waiting unnecessarily.
A foreign investor once had the misfortune to enter the customers’ hall at the head office of a leading GSM provider in Monrovia to purchase a product that was being advertised in the local media.
The young lady to whose desk the expatriate was directed by one of the company’s security was busy fielding a call from her friend on her mobile phone as the investor was kept waiting for a full fourteen minutes before she asked the not so respectful question with ‘yes anything papay’?
Before the old man could answer her, she took another call again. This time it was from a female friend judging from the gossipy response to the caller on the other end. After another wasted five minutes, the European investor quietly left the GSM company without purchasing the product he had gone to buy.
This lady should have been given the pink slip the day after she was employed mistakenly by the owners of the corporation.
Cashiers in several banks in this city have been seen fielding personal telephone calls while the hapless customers are kept waiting.
This ugly behavior is even more rampant in the public sector where government employees can be seen spending the major part of their working day browsing the internet on websites looking for topics that have nothing, absolutely nothing to do with their job assignments.
A disturbing number of female employees on the Government of Liberia payroll have turned their offices, work stations and cubicles into unofficial make-up parlors.
Some landmark institutions such as Media houses have fallen victim to the blatant breach of professional ethics by members of this noble profession from whom much is expected.
Even Media establishments in which the unbridled adherence to top drawer professional ethics is a non negotiable requirement have not been spared the unwarranted performance of these gremlins.
If this troubled Republic of Liberia is to progress or even survive, her citizens flagrant display of reprobate attitude that is at best deplorable and regressive, a comprehensive across the board improvement in our prevailing attitude must take place.