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The average Ghanaian worker is lazy and a liar…!! – Former C.O.O, UT Group

Former Chief Operating Officer of UT Group, Captain Rtd. Budu Koomson says the average Ghanaian worker is lazy, a liar and he’ll cheat you at the least opportunity. He therefore advised the two leaders of McOttley Holdings (C.E.O, Kwesi Livingstone and Executive Director, Richard Dugan) not to employ people, but grow teams in a family way where certain peculiar values can be instilled and each member of the team will be guided by those values.

Captain made this statement as part of his solidarity message as he was advising the leaders of McOttley Holdings at the launch of the company’s one year of establishment at its premises in Dzorwulu here in Accra yesterday, the 8th of August. 
He said,

“I’ll advice, don’t employ people; that’s the easiest thing you can do, but grow teams, grow a family away from a family where every family is linked together in some sort of values and beliefs. If you took the average Ghanaian worker, I can tell you he’s here, he’s lazy. He’s a liar, he’ll cheat you at the least opportunity. 

“Once, someone asked me, why do you talk so negatively about us? I said because I’m you, but you see, once you recognize it and as a father or as a mother, you start nurturing your children with the right values, right ethics, and right practice and with the right attitude, you deliver what it is that you want to deliver…. If you do that you’ll be able to insulate the workers from the negatives tendencies in the market place.”

In his opening statement of his solidarity message, Captain Rtd. Budu Koomson said the youthful exuberance and the determination of McOttley Holdings reminded him of the early years of U.T. The former C.O.O of UT Group further advised them to continue to encourage each other and endeavor to stick together and they will surely realize their dreams. 

“…..The other day, my brother Kofi Amoabeng said something…..he said alone, you can go very fast, but you won’t go far. Together, you may move slower, but you’ll definitely get farther,” the former C.O.O said.

Earlier at the launch, the Chief Executive Officer of McOttley Holdings, Mr. Kwesi Livingstone said he’s excited that the company has achieved Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, (C.I.M.A) certification within its first year of operation. 

According to him, so far only few companies in Ghana have been able to meet the requirements and have been certified. This includes McOttley Holdings.

He expressed satisfaction about the achievements made so far by the company although he and his team deem this as just the beginning of bigger things to come their way.

“In terms of our vision to be a global brand, we’ve been able to get a number of international recognitions; we’ve had a C.I.M.A certification. As a C.I.M.A quality partner, you must have gone through a lot of checks and certified that your processes, your management style, your people have the right skills and your standard is global standard. 

“We went through that and got the CI.M.A certification and for your information, this certification has been given to only seven companies in Ghana including McOttley. So having this certification within first year of operation, tells you the kind of management style, the kind of people, the processes, the risk management and all the things that we have including the good corporate governance.”

The C.E.O also added that it is not easy to thrive in an era where day in and out micro-finance institutions are folding up and bolting with capital of investors leading to loss of confidence in existing ones so McOttley deserves a pat on its back. 

Nevertheless, Mr. Livingstone was quick to express his profound gratitude to the Security and Exchange Commission and the Bank of Ghana for guiding McOttley Holdings to this far. 

The simple, but classic ceremony attracted top businessmen, celebrities, media personalities in the country and many well-wishers of the company. The list included the former flag bearer of PNC, Hassan Ayariga, Board Chairman for McOttley Capital Limited, Ambassador Kabral Blay Amihere and Board Chairman for McOttley Holdings, Dr. Ken Kwaku|Patrick Teye Dasinor