I got into the office today and trying to settle in, my attention was caught by the news on television about Lagos. Once again, the name Nigeria has popped up under a negative premise, CNN today ranked Lagos, Nigeria as the worst place to work in the world. Closely followed by Jakarta in Indonesia, Rihad in Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Mumbai in India.
Nigeria oh my Nigeria, today Nigeria garners another accolade, but this is not a good way to begin and not a good way to consolidate on the democracy that is still fresh and young. Nigeria is a third world country that is fast going into a first world and Lagos state under the governance of Fashola has seen a good a rapid growth in infrastructural development. There are good roads, security, good living and more, but how do you quantify good place to work? Mr. Poland Ebelt, the Managing director Nigeria Bottlers, makers of Coca Cola speaking live told the world that working in Lagos is not that bad, that the only difficulty is finding the right place to live that would offer all the basic social infrastructures that would promote good living.
Ebelt spoke well but despite his experience here in Nigeria, the presenter insinuated immediately that he might be making excuses for Nigeria because he has been around for over 8 years and has enough to look for the best in Lagos.
My question now is why Lagos would be number 1 on the list of worst places to work in the world? There are worse countries that lack basic amenities, and many international companies operate here, is CNN saying that nothing works in Lagos? From what I take from their ranking Lagos is the worse city in the world. Presently, I reside and work in Lagos, and I can say confidently that life is relatively ok here, I spend just 10 minutes getting to work, although there is power problem but aside that, there is security, all the roads have security lights, the police patrol is efficient, crime rate is highly reduced compared to previous years. Transportation is not that bad, commuters still go to and fro work without much hassles especially with the new BRT transport that the governor has introduced that has its special lane.
The popular Oshodi, notorious for robberies, a nest for hoodlums is now one of the most fascinating places to visit now, Eko city is another project that is aimed at relieving the housing problems of Lagosians. The rail project is still brewing and many more, Lagos is the fastest growing mega city in the world and the third biggest black city in the world.
Kansas City was ranked the most the most insecure city in the world, Lagos did not make it on the list of 20 most violent cities in the world, so I wonder how it made it as number 1 on the list of worst places you can work in the world. But you would still find many foreigners working here, sapping the juice out without plans to leave; they are so comfortable, and easily accepted in the society.
I feel this ranking is bias and baseless, you cannot compare the crime rate in other countries of the world to Lagos, and there has never been any case of school shooting as you have elsewhere. So how come?
It is easy for them to slam the door on Nigeria, because of the bad record we hold, but never be deceived, the worse of the worse occurs in other big countries and sometimes they are not news.
Nigeria is getting better, things are working and things would soon be shinning, we are barely 48 years but soon we would be the biggest..
Nigeria is great..