In every journey, there gets to a point where one has to stop, take a break; ponder on certain issues that might be of great concern to him/her. It is part of life’s experience and every person one way or the other has passed through it or some still find themselves in it. Personally I haven’t been so much in a dilemma before that I really must make a crucial decision that will go a long way in my life like I am today. It is one of career path. It is not of life’s vision but on how to go about that vision.
Having completed my masters program in architecture, built capacity to write and still building, I am in a position of whether to go the way of the fathers or to man up and do something on my own volition, free will and conviction. While I serve my Nation in the compulsory National Youth Service Corps in a government parastatal that has given me little opportunities to practice my field of study, I am caught in the deep blue sea of building a career in civil service or going over to the private sector. This has been a thought that has refused to leave me and a decision that is larger than life. Yet in this my huge dilemma and crossroad I have been exposed to certain realities about people, work and my Nation Nigeria.
In trying to arrive at a decision worthwhile enough I also resorted to making consultations from people who I would say largely have been sincere in their answers but disappointing for me. Mind you am no workaholic, sometimes I get lazy but the way people really want civil service work in the name of having little to do is really alarming and a sad reason to have in mind. In as much as they claim they want to have time for themselves, most of the people I spoke to also think they can do something else alongside the lazy work that doesn’t encourage creativity in any way.
In essence therefore, it just points to the fact that we don’t want to work at our optimum capacity for the government but we also want to make ends meet by having something else on the side. This alone doesn’t show any form of patriotism because we are ready to be lazy about that government work and still work outside in order to meet our own needs. I am not against having a business or entrepreneurship but there must be a balancing. The two endeavors contribute to nation building and to the popular GDP. For a democracy that is nascent and young we need our institutions to be up and doing and it is people that will make sure that productivity is at its peak. Working below the stipulated working hours won’t help the system at all; in fact it will give way for decadence and further decadence in the whole system.
On my own part while I am still getting over my dilemma and reaching a reasonable decision with God helping me, I would love to work for government and my people but I won’t want to be caught in the web of a bad and corrupt system. I know what you are thinking, why not I change it; too bad because one is incapacitated at the lower cadre so you can hardly do much. When you start being creative or bringing in ideas in such a system, those who have been there will start questioning you and start asking why you should be the one thinking about new ideas. The work is so regimented and does not encourage any form of creativity even from the young ones.
We really need to start rethinking our steps and actions and know if this is really what we want for the Nation. Other thriving ones weren’t built on the altar of laxity, and lack of creativity. There should be a reawakening on the true path to Nationhood regarding working out our own greatness and prosperity. Foreigners cannot build this Nation for us, it can only be built and sustained by Nigerians and is pertinent everyone realizes this- both in the public and private sectors.
My dilemma opened my eyes to some realities after all and I am glad about that. It has really reawakened the culture of work and more work in me and I am determined to continue threading such path, but that doesn’t mean I won’t rest or sleep once in a while though. My desire for you right now is that you come to learn from your dilemmas even as I have from mine. Realities can come in different forms it all depends on the source of that inspiration, maximizing that learning process is key. On that note I drop my pen… and saying…
Happy New month to you and you will have a reason to always laugh this season!