Nigeria is the only nation in this world that works for only 39 days a year? We have too many Holidays. 365 days out of which Saturdays and Sundays have taken 104 days – Fridays have also 52 days remaining 209 days
FRIDAYS ARE ALSO PARTIAL HOLIDAYS because work ends in Abuja and so many other cities in Nigeria after Prayers on Friday at the mosque most civil servants proceed on weekend.
Remaining 4 days out of 7 days of week. If you then consider the fact that even on Monday’ most people who work for government will still be on their way from weekend, and in most cases nothing gets signed until they return because they are the “Ogas” we will have less than four days . However, l would like to ignore that let’s use 4 days for our calculations.
209 days remaining are taken over by WORKERS DAY, CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS, SALLAH’ ,ABIOLA’ DAY, ATIKU’ DAY, NNAMDI’ AZIKWE DAY , STRIKES AND ALL WHAT NOT- We always find a reason to declare holidays and people are always excited when such holidays are declared because NIGERIAN’ Love a life of ease.
A typical day at work for an average Nigerian worker ( civil servant ) begins at 9am and with the usual rituals of exchanging pleasantries will colleagues and friends for more than 1 hour before settling down to work. There is an unwritten law, that you must go and greet your “Oga” every morning before settling down to work. This continues till at about 2pm when you see the same set of people packing their things to go home.
There is a saying in Yoruba language that says ” Oga ta, Oga o ta, owo alaaru a pe” ( whether the master sells or not the servants money is guaranteed.) This is the pervading mentality of the average Nigerian worker. It is never his business how the office makes money, for daring to employ him, you are already indebted to him whether you sell anything or not is not his business. How can a nation thrive like this?
Really and truly, not more than 3 hours of active work is done in most government offices each day. They are all COST CENTERS nor PROFIT CENTERS and that is why government is losing so much and paying out so much.
If you then use three hours of work per day to calculate the average out-put, per worker, per day, bearing in mind that we have about 108 days of accountable work days as has been clearly demonstrated by our calculations, … what you will have is only 39 days of work per worker, per year and government pays monthly salaries, including 13th month, allowances and compensations etc. HABA! !!
I do not want to even look in the direction of Senators and House members, who by the very nature of their assignment should not be seen as full time Politicians- Unfortunately, the government has to continue to bear the burden of looking after these men with short plebian necks, some of whom, have done nothing else in the last 20 years but stick a hose into the government purse to feed fat on money they have not earned and all these at the expense of the masses. I bet you if government were to remove the perks of that office not one of these men will remain there.
The law establishing that arm of government never envisioned it as full time employment and that is why they have periods of RECESS to enable them go back to their respective private callings from time to time and not depend on the government as their source. These group of people should only be selected from among men who have credible means of livelihood and not full time politicians after fame, ease, comfort and power.
They are the very reasons why the brains of most Nigerians have gone on vacation.
I am a very practical man and l believe that until our governments put a stop to these incessant , abhorrent holidays that are destroying the very foundations of our economy, whatever effort they are putting in revamping this economy will remain a futile dream.
Nations , that are serious about building a strong economy do not talk about giving holidays by fiat just to score a political point. Leaders who are dead should be recognized but they should not come from the dead to diminish our work days here on earth – This is the heart cry of every patriotic Nigerian.
Why should we condemn a whole day in celebration of men who assignments here on earth are over? The best homage we can pay to men like AZIKWE, ABIOLA , SULTAN BELLO is to include them in the school history curriculum and have our children learn from their LIFE AND TIMES and not to imprison our day and destroy useful efforts on account of men who would, were they still living, have condemned such prodigal waste of time on their behalf.
These were men who gave their all, in the hope that some day Nigeria should sit as equals on the table with America, Britain etc.
Death and ease are siaemese twins wherever a life of ease is found, pain, destruction, and all sorts of evil abound. Rome did not end until Emperor Nero abandoned warfare and began to throw lavish parties and extended HOLIDAYS.
Enough is enough
We must stop setting wrong examples for our children. It is this life of ease and comfort that have been the breeding ground of theives robbers and kidnappers in this country. The many attacks on people’s farmlands, the insurgencies are all products of ease . Many of these youths can be productively engaged, not as civil servants, because that’s another haven for the indolent youth, l say so, not meaning to demean the solid contributions of hard working men and women who are civil servants but to rebuke the government who just employ these youth in offices where they have nothing to do.
I hate holidays! especially when they are calculated to score a political point eg….”let us honour NNAMDI AZIKWE by declaring a work -free -day to pacify the IGBO who feel left out because we just honoured Abiola”
I wonder the kind of minds that cook up these things???
I can only urge the government to Stop killing the private sector by these too many Work – Free days,. We want a 24 hour economy where our children will learn that there is dignity in labour ..”.