Welcome to 21st century Nigeria, a place so good at being backward no other country could effectively compete. Do not mind the pessimism; but it must be known that being Nigerian in this present age is a sad thing!
Shortly before I decided to leave entertainment and talk about this very pressing issue of bad economy, I recalled a news I heard last week about workers in the US state of California clamouring for minimum wage increase. So I did a little research and discovered that they were asking for $15 per hour. I did the calculations, and if my mathematical skills were right, the Californian Minimum wage increase (when implemented) would make it possible for the average employee to make as much as three hundred and sixty thousand Naira per month. That amount is like twice the salary of a Nigerian school principal! The average Nigerian lecturer does not earn up to that in a month. Even workers in the banking sector (presumably the highest remunerated) do not earn up to that on the average. How much less when you compare this very huge minimum wage to the very low maximum wage of the Nigerian civil servant!
Meanwhile, as if it is not sad enough that the Nigerian worker is grossly underpaid, s/he is also owed for several months; sometimes up to six months it is the case with civil servants in Osun and Abia states. And then to complicate the entire situation, there was immense fuel scarcity across the country, further grounding the economy to a halt and hindering any possible way these very oppressed workers could make ends meet.
Is it not sad enough that we have to suffer in the so called schools we have here, struggling to make good grades with the hope of finding employment which forever eludes us? Most Nigerians have indeed come to terms with managing with whatever they could find. They have come to terms with the reality that they have to perform basic municipal functions for themselves. But as if the oppression is not enough, they are owed salaries for work they have done. And to compound that, they were denied the right to buy the very commodity that could help them sustain. How wicked can our so called leaders be?
-Emmanuel Abara Benson