Every Nigerian has a survival story, no doubt. The same conditions that you’d think will break a Nigerian are most times the conditions that make a Nigerian. Probably because a typical Nigerian is made strong by adversity. But everyone has a point at which they break. A point of stretching beyond one’s elasticity limit.
Due to the high unemployment rate in Nigeria, workers in Nigeria are always left with no choice at all. Most employers in Nigeria leverage the knowledge about the lack of jobs to make things difficult for their employees. After all, there are no jobs out there, so employees will have no choice but to bend to the unreasonable rules of the organization.
In most organizations in Nigeria, most employers give rules that even they cannot keep.
Not just the rules, even the targets they place on their workers are ones that they who are the employers cannot meet.
Take a look at this scenario, a Boss who has been operating a business for as long as he can remember, has never made up to a Million Naira in a month, will hire you and expect you to make more than A Million Naira in your first month–something the Boss has never made before. It is good to set goals, but setting unrealistic objectives is very senseless. What is even annoying in all of this is, these employers tend to threaten you with sacking if you fail to meet up with the targets they set for you.
Moved away from setting unrealistic goals, we talk about the ones that will demand they sleep with you–either as a lady or man before they will hire you for a job you are qualified for? Most times, we are so quick to judge others, ignoring the fact that most people do these things because of the pressure they face. We are not trying to excuse bad behaviors, rather; we are pointing to the deplorable state of the masses in Nigeria.
How about we talk about the meager salary structures in the country? With the current inflation rate, the cost of living is extremely high. Yet organizations are not thinking of reviewing the salary structures. It might even interest you to know that most workers in Nigeria are only working to pay for transport. Because you will realize at the end of the month that all your salary went into transportation. Others even have to borrow money before they can go to their workplace on some days within the month.
Then, some workers work with employers that rarely pay salaries, and even if they do, it is either regular or in full. And the painful aspect of it all is, these workers keep working, hoping that a miracle will happen or locate them. So, they keep going to work, praying that something terrific happens.
Truth is, workers in Nigeria are survivors, no doubt. But it is high time we look into these crucial issues, and collectively work towards alleviating the pains associated with the pathetic state of workers in present-day Nigeria.
As a voice for the people, we call on the Federal, State, Local Government, and private sectors to pay keen attention to the state of the laborers in Nigeria.