While the days
were speeding so fast, I was only sure of one thing and that was Sophie is
spending the remaining nine months at the state secretariat (The Ministry of
Commerce and Industry). I held the posting letter in my hands and all it brought
were some mixed feelings; happiness, sadness, anger, pity all wrapped in my
|Little head, big spin|
Should I be happy
or sad? Is there anything worse asides
from this; the fact that the ministry does not pay its Corp members. I couldn't
expect anything less from a state/ministry that hasn't paid its civil servants for
five months. Really? How do they even survive? What do they live off from? Their kids... in general how do they manage?
I admire them, their dedication, commitment, loyalty and yet they don’t get
paid on time; The Civil servants. It
makes me understand when they protest that is if they do.
|when they do protest?|
Well, getting a
house close to a PPA is a major priority for every Corper, but I never imagined it to be this
difficult. From the exorbitant and
outrageous prices which I figured came from the fact that we were youth corpers.
Rather than being considerate and reasonable, they ‘prefer to double the prices
because we were new and desperate “the Otondo” effect. #smile#
|Its not funny|
Knowing how some
states offered accommodation to those who relocated, I expected the ministry to
do something similar for us even if we didn't get paid at the end of the month
but they leave you to your faith without any incline and care in the world as
to where you sleep at night and they will still expect you to come to work
every day; in the Morning *sighs*. There have been stories of people who could
not afford these houses and had to result to immoral activities just so they
can survive and not sleep on the streets.
|on the streets!!!|
My search was
still on yes, the house hunt. But
thankfully I didn't have to search for long as I found a couple of youth corps
members whom I had met on few occasions looking for someone to complete the
number of an apartment... And since we were four, splitting the money was a little
easy, and this we did.
|Obasanjo's Lodge, thats not where we staying ooh|
Moving forward, work
had been going well, with a little drama here and there. More like horrible bosses versus corps
members. But today I was looking out for
something different... I decided to visit the Abeokuta cultural center located
around Kuto Park of Abeokuta, Ogun state; as I am still a tourist in this town.
I was shocked and
thrown off as to how deserted this place was when it could have been filled
with people (parents, kids, teenagers, and window shoppers). The cultural center as the name implies holds
some of the historical and great physical features of the Ogun /Nigerian
culture. It has a lake which we heard once held the largest crocodile in the
country, can u beat that? Who wouldn't want to come see these?
But what I saw were paintings of great
leaders that has been washed and peeled apart, beautiful damaged sculptures of
famous women, lights which helped to illuminate these carvings and art works
have been damaged from rain because of the roof which protected them are torn
apart. This cultural center reminds me of the post "Jabi Lake” located in
Abuja. I believe this center has the
ability to create millions of revenue for the government and country, with just
a few helping hands. It's amazing how I
see the government holding conferences and meetings in this same center (the
hall to be precise) but then turn their eyes away from what's outside.
|Fading Sculptures |
If the staff of
the ministry of culture and tourism can't be relieved of their duties which I
see are not being done, then it's a call to the youth and the staff to wake up
and fix that place up. We've seen enough of the road projects... We also want
to see a change in the cultural center.
|Crown of Cultural Center |
I'm only but a
bystander. Though still a Youth Corper hoping for a better Nigeria, which I
believe is my first service to humanity and to this Nation.