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What To Do When You Lose Your Job In Nigeria (INTERESTING)

Super Eagles coach, Samson Siasia, was fired for not
qualifying Nigeria to the World Cup in 2011. The world did not end. Actress
Nkiru Sylvanus was forced to return to Nollywood after she was relieved of her
job as special assistant to Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha.
That is not all.
In June 2012 alone, Sterling Bank sacked 400 staff while Mainstreet
Bank also offloaded over 650 of its work force. In less than a week, First Bank
joined in the ‘sack race’ by laying off over 600 of its junior staff. This brings
the total number of employees across the country to 5,600 who were sacked for
no cause of theirs under the period of review. The sad part is that most of the
affected staff were those who have put in between 25 and 30 years of service.
To be frank though, the issue of hire-and-fire is not new in
the business world. It is what everybody being appointed or contracted for an
employment should consider while picking up the agreement letter.
According to International Labour Organization report, more
than 197 million people globally are out of work. This connotes that about six
per cent of the world’s workforce were without job in 2012 alone.
In truth, having no job or alternative means of livelihood
can be quite humiliating. As early as 5.00am, you get to see people hitting the
road in search of daily bread while you are still striving to get something
done or probably just recovering from the shock of losing your own source of
To further compound issues, it was reported in April 2016
that the inflation rate of Nigerian economy has risen to about 16 per cent
following the free fall of naira against dollars, fuel scarcity and arbitrary
loss of jobs.
Guess what?
The fact that you no longer have a job shouldn’t compel you
to start thinking of all the worst things that can happen. In the words of
Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Every minute you are angry, you lose 60 seconds of
The loss of a job can cause stress on a multitude of levels,
depending on the individual. For many people, especially men, their job is
their identity. Therefore the loss of such is the loss of their identity.
Obviously this type of loss can cause a great deal of stress. The loss of a job
can also mean the loss of structure in a person’s life and many people find a
life without clear-cut goals and objectives a very stressful existence. The
loss of a job can signal the loss of one’s ability to financially support one
and other family members. Again, this type of loss can cause great distress.
Job loss carries with it a loss of self respect for many people and this
compounds their job-related stress. In fact, many people view the loss of a job
in much the same way that they experience the death of a loved one.
With the loss of job comes depression and a lack of hope for
many people which only exacerbate the problem, making the finding of another
job all that much more difficult. If your thoughts are not properly harnessed,
it could lead to utter dejection, isolation and anger. Some people are known to
contemplate suicide, others allow their wives to take full responsibility as
breadwinners, while a handful just sit idle watching television and movies with
a vague hope of somebody hooking them up for a new appointment. For those who
stay in a “Face-Me-I-Slap-You” apartment, it becomes embarrassing as we have
seen cases where neighbours knock on your door to drop their keys for their
wives to pick up later, probably when she returns from the market. What more
humiliation can be worse than this?
I once lived with a 56-year-old neighbour – John – who many
termed as being too nice to a fault. Being a senior staff member of NEPA (the
defunct National Electric Power Authority), John was always trying to please
everybody. If he were not buying drinks for friends today, it would be agreeing
to personally fund repairs of water pipes or electric pole in the area. So
‘nice’ was he that it took no time before some so-called less privileged started
trooping to him for financial aid. Trouble came calling one day when John along
with some other members of staff was summarily dismissed from his place of work
over allegation of malpractice. He couldn’t believe it! Neither could many of
us who thought being a senior staffer connotes immunity.
The recovering rate of shock from losing one’s job cannot be
said to be the same from individual to individual. While some quickly pick
themselves up within a week, others spent close to a month or two or even a
year depending on the individual’s psychological stage.
In the case of John (who has passed his prime), the shock was
too much. To while away his time, he usually visited the news stand to read
papers in the morning, played the game of draughts with retired or fellow
jobless men throughout the afternoon and stayed glue to the television to watch
news and other programme of interests. All efforts made by his wife and
brothers to ensure he got another means of livelihood proved abortive. One
thing is sure: ‘Our dear Mr. John has given up hope of getting a new job and
having the zeal to start all over again at 56!’ Poor Johnny! He soon lost
relevance in no time and became a source of reference when women in the community
wanted to threaten their men on the danger of being jobless. Some men even go
as far as dropping keys for their wives or children (to pick up when they
return from school) with John as they know he was always going to be in the
vicinity. Pathetic, pitiable, distressing, heartrending, sad… you name it!
The Bottom line is: ‘What can one do so as not to end up like
Mr. John?’
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Adebayo Folorunsho-Francis is a communicator, Journalist, blogger, business coach and, of course, a prolific writer. He has Dip (Journalism) and B.A. (History & International Relations) from the Lagos State University (LASU). The self-effacing young man has worked for national, regional and local newspapers. He had worked with THISDAY covered community news for ISLAND NEWS and corresponded with P.M. NEWS (evening tabloid). Presently, he is the editor of CITYPULSE MEDIA and senior correspondent of PHARMANEWS, West Africa foremost health and pharmaceutical journal.