Most of the stakeholders at the Goods and Services Tax (GST) conference at the Bank of Sierra Leone Complex at Kingtom, walked out of the conference in annoyance when keynote speaker Vice President Sam Sumana failed to arrived on time.
Though the Attitudinal and Behavioral Change Secretariat (ABC) has started a campaign on lateness and absenteeism, the Vice President Sam Sumana has been one of the first prominent figures who have fall short.
Various international organization and local organization representatives walked out of the hall after two hours of waiting for the Vice President Sam Sumana.
“The program which was scheduled to start by 9:00 am, started at 11:34 am. Can you imagine that “ a displeased stakeholder said.
Angry prominent businessmen and investors also expressed their dissatisfaction of the attitude of the Vice President being the second gentleman of this nation campaigning for Attitudinal and Behavioral change.
They speculate that if it was campaign period or meeting he had with its business partners he will show great concern but when it comes to State matters he behaves lethargy.
Some even contrasting him with President Koroma who they say is always punctual.
They said that if President Koroma wants to achieve the Attitudinal Change campaign it should start from the top to the bottom.
According to information gathered by this press, the Vice President only received his statement from the National Revenue Authority (NRA) on the day of the conference.
It was observed that the conference was poorly organized, speakers were given short time for their statements and they were unable to give detail analysis as to the nitty-gritty of the GST.
The Deputy Minister of Finance Dr Richard Conteh later apologized on behalf of the Vice President, but unfortunately this could not change anything.
Even the comic relief by the comedians could not salvage the situation; contours of anger could be seen on their faces.