Recently I read the story of the chief typist, the senior typist and the junior typist that all worked with a future Vice President. The junior typist was the hardworking one while the others more or less absconded or shirked their responsibilities to be handled by the junior typist. Of course, the junior typist reaped the fruits of his hardwork. He got recommended for a job overseas and he’s lived happily ever after.
The unkempt situation at the National Library in Yaba was topical recently. Civil servants receive salaries monthly to man and maintain the library facility, but the reality there is that the facility is in such a decrepit condition. The men and women that resume at that facility daily do not appreciate the need to take ownership as much as they selfishly guard their monthly income that’s supposed to be wages for services at the facility.
You needn’t go far to see a typical example of similar neglect of official responsibilities, where the objectives of the organization, ministry or parastatal have been covered by layers of dust and unknown to the gentlemen and women who ply distances daily to resume at duty posts where they hangout all day and all their working life and do nothing.
Innovative ideas to positively impact relevant customers at such entities are rare.
Fast forward a few years down the career path of these whatever-will-be-will-be crew. They never challenged themselves to make a difference. They never owned the space in the organization that they served, they never impacted the system with improvement. The system rather went down farther under their watch. Yet, expectations have mounted over the years that the system will take care of them in retirement. They kept hope that gratuity will be paid to start a little something and pension will come in to augment. We hear tales of how Leventis Stores were ran aground.
Is this the crew that’s looking at reaping the harvest it did not sow? Will this crew be taken care of by the system it failed to give any thought or even lift a finger to make better?
No offence meant to pensioners currently being tossed back and forth by the system, but sometimes it begs to be asked ‘what effort was put in, what seed was sown during their time that has landed us in our current socioeconomic and political position?
Remember the recent story of the Kenyan (Peter Tabichi) who gave his earnings to help indigent students and eventually gained international recognition by winning $1 Million Teacher Prize in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Sunday, March 24, 2019?
Remember the recent statement credited to Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, that his generation has failed the country?
The founding fathers and progenitors of developing economies reap the fruits of their hardwork in form of the good life of retirement, security and safety of life and property, prosperity, good name and respect of the citizens.
Today, we find ourselves as players in the market place, contending with a system that was not set up on the basic required fundamentals. A system that does not agree with what several years of academic work teaches as international best practices.
Lessons of the market place based on the foregoing and history of our sociopolitical and economic circumstances include that- hard and smart work is required in all the time thrown into career pursuits; thinking outside the box and possessing your space by taking ownership is required to lay a solid foundation for yours and others future. Except you wish to re-enact the generation Prof Wole Soyinka referred to.