My journey back home usually includes a stop at Yaba. This evening was no different from the ones before it. I strolled down to the bus park at Yaba Market where I board a bus home, trying my best to move away from traders who attempt to grab my arm or thrust their wares at me. As I moved towards the gutter, I caught a familiar stench of stale urine that stretches down to the end of the road. I walked really fast to escape the stench. I didn’t go too far when I noticed the side of the gutter messed up with watery stool. I was in immense disgust as I looked away from it at the speed of light. It raises the question, “Why would someone do that?”
One would think that by now the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) would have phased-out especially with the advent of the digital age and the availability of better but pricier alternatives like DHL, UPS, etc. Although they provide an important service, this service is plagued by the lack of right tools, poor remuneration, infrastructure, confusing street numbering system, and poorly motivated staff who seem to have contributed to its ineffectiveness. But as problematic as it is, the Postal Service is one of the most important institutions in this country, and they deserve appreciation for their scale, reach, and affordability.
Considering the current realities of the Nigerian economy today, the prevailing inflation has left the average Nigerian struggling to survive with escalating prices of everyday commodities. One wonders how salary earners are able to meet their basic needs with the ₦18,000 minimum wage. The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) have been in talks with the government advocating a review of the national minimum wage and demanding an increase to ₦56,000. This they argue is to cushion the effects of the high cost of living in the country. Continue reading “May Day! May Day!, Minimum wage Increase!”→