Monthly Archives: January 2008

WHAT A WEEK!

I am finally Settled into the cool evening as always, ready to rest the brain, it’s another Friday night and I had an opportunity to think through the events that went down during the week.

I would like to start by narrating my Monday experience, it is a routine in my office that Monday mornings are always the most interesting mornings, the schedule and duty line is drawn, fines are imposed and lateness is a crime that had a fine attached to it, undermining the fact that I woke up early enough, I rushed into the office about a few minutes after the deadline which earned me a N3,000 fine, I settled down and gave weekly report on my activities, it was a regular busy day, series of phone calls,  e-mail sessions, documents compilation and letter writing. I did all I could and got home wondering how the week would turn out.

Tuesday was another day and beforehand we had been informed that there would be a fashion show of best dressed staff, sub-consciously  I had a nice outfit in mind to wear, after working hours, we settled into the meeting and the contestants were called out and I thrilled the office with a small cat walk session,(just a small nerve loosening act),  after we were all done, I and Tola  came out winners and to my greatest surprise our gift was a lunch date with the chairman, but instead he gave us $100 which would be $50/$50, I and Tola agreed to buy lunch for everybody the next day, we closed and all went home, just another day.

Wednesday started well, had meetings with sweet sensations staff and also went to stop centre were we got a bizarre  negative answer, got to the office and tided up my mails, did a few replies, then we set out to change our $100 , I and Tola got out of the office and headed straight to the Bureau de change, we got to the first group of Hausa men, who are involved in the change thing, they told us N119 / $1 we bluntly received to go  there because we were thinking it was, we got to  another  office, but on getting there, we found out, it was the same story………………. Then finally we meet  a group of young money whom we thought we genuine, and their price was ridiculously high, my colleague who was therewith us jokingly told us to buy from a genuine source for guarantee, but we ignored, they actually sold for N127 / $1   woah we exclaimed, then we got down to transact and that was all I could remember , we were actually duped right in front of our noses, we got to a jewelry house that was when I found out that we had been duped, we got back to the office and told our tale, laughter filled the air, and I had to check if my organ was still in place, it was ridiculous when people say these  things really happen, I just wonder how, well I was a victim, and I felt  ashamed of me.

Thursday was my day as Chairman in the office, I got in early looking all cute in a cool black suit and pants, I got in early enough took charge  and did my thing, a had meetings with the staff of UBA plc where we discussed issues on banking relationship with NNC,I really impressed them and I’m proud of me. Also I had a meeting with an architectural firm on the future of the New Nigeria Club, my day was fulfilled . During the closing meeting when i was giving my achievements for the day, I received shouts and praises for a job well done, it was then obvious that I did well, and I was impressed  with myself. THAT WAS MY DAY!

Friday came and we did our regular office work , I had problems with my system and our IT consultant took a while to fix it, but well I worked,  we closed and I rushed home to watch the football Match between Nigeria and Mali, after they drew the match I coiled into my bed angry with the team, but I had to stay up so that I can draft this post, it’s about 1:30am Saturday, my eyes are drowsy, my yawn is so wide, my bones are begging to rest, so on that not I reminisce,……..WHAT A WEEK!!!!!!

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HILARIOUS!

Its 7pm Friday evening, it’s the birth of another weekend groove, another time to shake off  the heat off the week.  I’m on my desk now in a meeting where we are treating issues of today……. What issues you may ask?
 

Mobolaji Seriki……he was the topic of today. He was the chairman of the day, he was given the power to steer the ship today, what a privilege!
 

Events started exactly 6:55am when I woke up with the words of BJ running round my head, he directed us to report to the office before 8 am, and failure to do so would be met with a robust fine. I’m not ready for any FINE as I rather do something else with it.
 

I rushed into the bathroom, hurried had my bath, (I wonder if I took a clean bath) ,but I did pour water on myself, I couldn’t wait for a slice of bread, I wore my inner shirt inside out,………….. all for BJ.
 

I caught a bike around 7:45 and told the bike man to put a little speed , along the line a pulled a weird stunt…….. ohhhhhh I screamed……. All for BJ.
 

Then  I got to the office, paid the guy for his ride, I raced upstairs ignoring the lift because I didn’t know if my watch and clock was correct,  all for BJ      then…………….

…..it hit me like a big blow. B O O M!!!!!!!!     the chairman of the day BJ had not come.. once my heart frowned  for all I had been through this morning all for BJ.
 

I met only 3 people there, then  another staff came in and told us it would be wise to impeach the Chairman as he failed to lead by example. We all moved the motion and I drafted a letter to that effect, and had all the staff present sign it,

We had a tussle with the letter and the signatures when he gallantly strolled in laughing and giggling,

We served him the paper when he settled in, impeachment processes started, and immediately  he set up a MOCK committee to back him but he failed as he put his friend and those who had not come as members. Well we made things fun today and in the meeting we settled.
 

What would have happened  if the bike man threw me down?

What would have happened if  I broke my leg racing up the stairs?

 

But I would tell you all the events that went down today was damn HILARIOUS ………. Up BJ.

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT IN THE THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES

Unemployment is an unbalance between the supply and the demand of working hours.Unemployment, condition of one who is able to work but unable to find work. Formerly assumed to be voluntary, idleness was punishable by law; however it is now recognized that unemployment arises from factors beyond the control of the individual worker. Unemployment may be due to seasonal layoffs (e.g., in agricultural jobs), technological changes in industry (particularly by increased automation), racial discrimination, lack of adequate skills by the worker, or fluctuations in the economy. The term underemployment is often used to describe the condition of those who work part-time because full-time jobs are unavailable or who are employed at less-skilled work than they are qualified to do.

Unemployment is one of the most serious problems facing the African continent. In accordance with IMF/World Bank conditions, most of the African countries applying structural adjustment measures have retrenched large number of public-sector workers. In February 1995, for example, the Zimbabwean Cabinet ordered all government ministries to reduce their staff numbers by 40 per cent, which translated into the abolition of about 10,000 posts by the middle of the year. The bad situation in Africa has been exacerbated by demographic pressure, resulting in a high number of new entrants to the labour market annually.

The target group which deserves special mention consists of young people and women, who constitute the bulk of the unemployment in Africa. There is also an increase in unemployment among university graduates in many African countries. There are several reasons for this, including changes in societal goals and aspirations. Increased education is encouraged by changes in government policy, such as the introduction of such laudable programmes as free, universal primary schooling, which results in an increase in secondary school enrolments. This in turn leads to a proliferation of universities. The aim is to accommodate as many qualified students as possible; but there is often inadequate planning for the future employment of graduates.

CAUSES OF UNEMPLOYMENT.

The causes of unemployment in Africa include the worldwide recession, which has resulted in less demand for raw materials, cash crops and, to some extent, manufactured goods. This has led to decreased production and the eventual and unavoidable lay-offs. Furthermore, as a result of modern technology, labour-intensive work, such as agricultural employment, has been drastically reduced as fewer people are needed to perform certain jobs.

Mention should also be made of the role played by the increasing population. The result has been that more job seekers have been thrown onto the labour market. Urban migration is yet another cause of unemployment in Africa, with people moving from rural areas to urban centres in search of greater opportunities.

The effect of the structural adjustment programme on the unemployment crisis in Africa cannot be overemphasised. In almost all the countries where it has been implemented, the result has been economic hardships: Working people are forced to work harder and longer for lower wages, and are laid off in large numbers.

Unemployment has also been caused by the negligence of the leaders and their corrupt attitude, they imbibe the culture of power retention and money embezzlement, the funds needed for the development of a sector would be diverted for personal use, with this trend there is no way forward and we remain undeveloped.

In developing countries, unemployment is often caused by the urban migration that generally precedes the industrial development needed to employ those migrants. In industrial nations, most unemployment is the result of economic recessions and depressions In the Great Depression of the 1930s unemployment rose to 25% of the workforce in Germany, Great Britain, and the United States.

The main reason for the high level of unemployment is technological progress. Don’t get me wrong; progress is good and it makes life easier. But if every year we produce the same amount of goods with fewer people — in a few years far less working hours are needed to produce all the goods that are required. The historical trend has been to use less and less working hours per week. If we do not continue this trend, the supply of working hours is greater than the demand. An oversupply of working hours means they are worth less, wages and salaries get reduced. Also many persons are out of work; their working hours are no longer needed. Those that are out of work have no income and therefore the demand for goods goes down. With fewer sales, less gets produced, more persons are laid off. This is a vicious circle that accelerates unemployment and produces crime; because some will turn to crime to obtain income.
The way to stop this and have everybody working is to continue the historical trend; is to distribute the available work between all persons that want to work

SOCIAL EFFECTS OF UNEMPLOYMENT

At a social level, prolonged unemployment usually results in some form of social pathology, as reflected by an increased crime rate and violent agitators. It breeds discontent against the state, and any slight provocative issue or incident may trigger violent demonstrations and social unrest, which may result in loss of life and damage to property, if the situation is not handled properly by the authorities.

In Nigeria in 1988, petrol price increases and fare increases initiated by the structural adjustment programme were met with a spontaneous uprising against the government, followed by a second demonstration in July 1989. Similarly in Zambia in December 1986 and early 1987, demonstrations broke out in the Copper Belt when maize meal price increases were announced.

The destruction of family life is another social consequence of unemployment. Unemployment reduces the social status and self-esteem of an individual. It causes scarcity of money for household maintenance and other essentials of life, including payment of the children’s school fees. This usually results in constant family feuds and friction, with the wife demanding money for food and housekeeping, which the unemployed husband cannot provide. Nagging and incessant quarrels ensue, and sometimes also wife battering, when the unemployed husband vents his frustration on the defenceless wife. This may result in a divorce if the situation does not improve, leading to a broken home and its dire future consequences for the children.

In an attempt to escape from the hopelessness of the situation, the unemployed may indulge in excessive consumption of alcohol, usually the cheap local brew with its potential health repercussions; especially for the liver but also for physical health in general. The stake may eventually be raised to include drug abuse, and in order to sustain the habit, the unemployed may engage in petty crime such as pick pocketing, stealing or, in the case of females, prostitution. If the substance abuse becomes excessive, the individual may die of an overdose.

POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS

In order to reduce the unemployment situation and to improve the health of the unemployed in Africa, the following solutions are proposed:

  • African governments must pay greater attention to internal resource mobilisation, less external borrowing, fiscal discipline, a maintenance culture and indigenous entrepreneurial development.
  • There must be increased resource allocation out of national budgets for employment promotion activities.
  • High priority should be accorded to the promotion of rural employment through increased support for rural agro and cottage industries, the rural service sector and infrastructural development.
  • Efforts must be intensified to increase productivity and income through the informal sector, and governments should increase their efforts to facilitate greater access of operators in the informal sector to the means of production such as land, capital and improved management technology and training in order to facilitate the marketing of their products.
  • There should be an expansion of the primary health care programme to make provision for free health care for the unemployed and their family as part of a relief package. A health care delivery system should also be introduced into the informal sector.
  • There should be measures to increase unemployment benefits and an expansion of social welfare programmes, including the distribution of food and clothing and the subsidisation of rents.
  • Public work projects (such as food-for-work programmes which do not conflict with food production policies) and voluntary work should be provided to keep the unemployed occupied.
  • Governments should help people to cope by finding other ways of fulfilling the needs satisfied by employment.

If these proposed solutions could be implemented by the various African governments, the health and longevity of our people would be enhanced and preserved.

 

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REFLECTIONS

Ohhhhhhhh……………………… its 6 pm and i just took my first sigh from my busy schedule today, its been phone calls and e-mails since the beginning of today, but woah i enjoyed  every bit of it.

Join me as i reflect on the activities that went down today.  We had an interactive session with Mr Fowowe, a sex therapist, he gave us a tough time today revealing ourselves to one another, althiugh it was an all adult stuff, but actually most of the people there felt so shy to talk and express themselves, some even made up stories to paint a holier than thou picture,well its all good i had an opportunity to speak my mind and funny enough i held everybody jaws opens with all what i said, and i gained a lot from this  interaction and i knew that  most  of what we have gained would help us curtail  our children  during their growth period.

I made it clear that life is what you make of it, most people mix up the fact that you are accountable for all that happens to you, they watched me talk and made side comments in the shadows of chuckles, we all did things that most times we are proud of ourselves and other times we are so dissappointed, i have come to the cross roads at times and i have been made to take hard decisions within a short time, i remember in school when i got into the hands of cultists,the most dreaded people in the  university environment, it was actually because i wore a colour belonging to a particular group of people.

Well things got too bad and i was always on the run because i was made to pay  so much money and since i could not meet up i had to be on my heels, one day i was on my regular run when accidentally i ran into a cluster of their open arms, all of them wicked looking, red eyes, cigarette ooze,uncombed hair………… and they screamed  aloud..instantly i knew i was in for a long time with my audience……………………. the story continues, welcome on board.

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TAKE A STAND NOW

life is a gift that most people find difficult to enjoy,a opportunity difficult to maximize,i am so happy i was born into this world and most especially i am proud being born black and from NIGERIA. Being black has being my greatest joy as i can be classified along side people like Martin Luther king Jr, Mrs Okonjo-Iweala,Mr Koffi -Annan, Samuel peters, Haile gabreille salassie, Deolu Akinyemi,……i have enjoyed the same colour with people who have and who are still making their marks in the sand of time.

I made a new family few months ago,(Generis solutions family),and in a space of 2 months,i have gotten a new picture about my life, things i never believed i could do before, i now see as too cheap an assignment, i never believed i could talk to so many people and win them over for a good course, but now i can,

I have found out that my greatest fear is not that im inadequate, but that im powerful beyond all measures, my darkness does not scare me rather my life frightens me, most times i sit and think and i found out that those things i actually wanted to do but never did was because i always found a reason to discourage myself,a way to tell myself “don’t waste your time you can’t get it done in your life”.but i came to realization that its only when we take a bold step that we get things done …then i found consolation in the acronym of POOR which my mentor always says Passing Over Opportunities Repeatedly. Never again would i let anything discourage me….its time to make my mark on the fresh plaster of cement…….IT IS TIME.

………………….give me a place to stand, and i would move the world, give me sand and cement and i would re mould the pyramid of Egypt. where i stand now is my ticket to stardom. About 3 weeks ago, we (New Nigeria Club) visited Boys remand home in Oregun and Modupe cole in Yaba , a community of people with physical disability, looking at them you would wonder what life actually is,when there are Governors looting Billions of Naira, ministers buying choice properties in high brow area in the United Kingdom, meanwhile there are a group of people who wait on the mercies of others to survive, who long to see people in their neighborhood, They don’t know what time it is, all they do is sleep, and wake up,.. we need to touch lives. we need to reach out to these people, they need help, I have vowed to always visit these ones every month regardless of how much i can give. If 30 people do this consistently every month for the next 10 years,we can change lives and impact on other people.

Start now, touch lives, help the less privileged, make a change, TAKE A STAND ……………DO IT NOW

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