Monday, September 6, 2010

from the Nigerian Inquirer

The below entry was actually a newspaper article recently found in the national paper of Nigeria. A friend showed me the link. The reason I share it with you is just the reality of one aspect of life here. On some days it can be funny that you go to a place of establishment way after the hours of opening and it still be closed and not open. Then of course, other days, not so funny.
Here is hoping your day is on time and ready to go!!

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 | Posted by Staff Writer

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Snoozing Federal Employees Locked Out of Work

Sometimes Lateness is not by Choice

Federal employees who reported late to work on Tuesday received a rude shock as many were locked out of their offices.

In a determined effort to end tardiness, several federal government offices in the Abuja locked out hundreds of late workers today.

The move is part of an ongoing government effort to end chronic late arrivals among employees in Africa’s most populous nation. However, the offices opened their doors an hour later to let the embarassed employees in.

In Nigeria, everyone is familiar with “Nigerian Time” which afflicts not only official meetings, but private appointments, commencement of parties and almost all activities. Most Nigerians know to invite guests or set an appointments two hours before the official time in order to have a realistic chance of attendance.

While ministries are officially scheduled to open at 8 a.m., there is not much activity two hours later. Offices also typically close at 4 p.m. if there is electricity, or earlier if there is no power.

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