The Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra has urged all workers in the country both in the public and private circles to desist from the habit of using working hours for religious worship or prayers.
Archbishop Charles Palmer-Bucker made the appeal in an exhortation at the 25th anniversary thanksgiving service of the National Insurance Commission (NIC) on Tuesday in Accra.
According to the Archbishop, it is becoming a norm in a number of workplaces across the country for workers to engage in prayers and worship during crucial working hours.
“I am getting worried that some of our nurses are praying while people are dying – it is criminal,” the Archbishop disclosed to insurers at the service held in the auditorium of the NIC head office.
To the Archbishop, there is time for everything and so working hours should not be sacrificed for worship or prayers, charging that “pray before work and after work but not during working hours.”
Interestingly, the thanksgiving service was held during the early hours of Tuesday, a working day with top management and board members of some insurance companies in attendance.
The Archbishop also urged workers to give off their best, saying “everyone to whom much is given much will be required.
NIC started its 25th anniversary celebration in November 2015 under the theme: [email protected] – Advancing the Frontiers of Insurance in Ghana.
Commissioner of the National Insurance Commission (NIC), Lydia Lariba Bawa in her welcome remarks, pointed out that the thanksgiving service was aimed at celebrating what she termed as the goodness of God towards the NIC and the entire insurance industry.
She said moving forward, the NIC shall continue to “rest” on the “wings” of God to advance the insurance subsector.
In attendance at the thanksgiving service were Lynda Oduro, Managing Director of Metropolitan Insurance Company, Ivan Avereyireh, President of the Ghana Insurers Association and Martin Abayateye, Head of Internal Audit – NIC, among others.
BY Melvin Tarlue