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Peoples’ attitudes towards time!

Sep 4, 2012, 10:53 AM

It has been said over and over again that there is a need for a change of attitude towards time among Gambians and all those living in the country, especially those in the habit of caringless about time.

Time, no doubt, is money; hence it is the time you spend to make money. If that is so, we should know that our careless attitude towards time cannot take the country anywhere.

What worries us most is that it is now becoming a norm that many people do not have much regard for time, regardless of what work or appointment they have.

Most people refer to this lackadaisical attitude towards time as African or Gambian time.

But the question is, do these times really exist other than the GMT? The obvious answer is, “No!”

The term is also sometimes used to describe the more leisurely, relaxed and less rigorously scheduled lifestyle found in people, especially as opposed to the more clock-bound pace of daily life in Europe, America and elsewhere.

For the few who are always conscious of time, and guests who are not used to the system, being kept waiting is always a big source of discomfort.

However, this cultural tendency of a more relaxed attitude to keeping the time should stop among Gambians, sooner rather than later.

It is giving a very bad impression about The Gambia and her people; so why not we graduate from it.

Since time does not wait for anyone, people should try to catch up with time to fast track the attainment of our personal and national development aspirations.