- A Nigerian man, Olumide McAnelka Adebayo, has taken to social media via Facebook to lament about his predicament
- Olumide said he got a text message to come for a commissioner’s interview set to hold the next day
- The young man made sure he travelled from Lagos to Ekiti just to meet the interview only to be told that he received the message in error and that he is not qualified for the job
Nepotism is an issue that many industries are faced with, especially in Nigeria where qualified people are denied a job only to employ those who have connections.
A young Nigerian man has taken to social media via his Facebook page to lament about his unfair treatment as he accused the organisation of nepotism.
According to Olumide McAnelka Adebayo, he received a text message to go for a commissioner’s interview the next day in another state.
In order to meet the interview, Olumide said he risked his life and set out from Lagos to Ekiti state. However, after getting to the venue, he noticed his name was not on the list posted for those expected to show up.
Olumide then asked an admin at the venue who told him point blank that he received the text message in error and that he is not qualified for the position.
The young man did not believe his ears and concluded that his spot had been given to someone else with more connection.
In his words: “You're invited for commissioners' interview @ the Civil Serv. Comm. which will hold from Weds 12th February, 2020. Come for your Commissioners' interview invitation and time table as from tomorrow, 11th Feb. from 10am at appointment department.
I actually woke up to this above text on my phone yesterday morning, the 11th of Feb. and drove down to Ekiti from Lagos.
A journey that was supposed to take approximately 5hours drive, but I was able to cover up in not more than 3hours (you can imagine the risk right!) just to make sure I do every necessary thing required of me before the interview.
On getting to the commission, I realized my name wasn't on the pasted list, so I decided to inquire from one of the Admin officers.
He checked from the master list and looked straight into my eyes in a displeasure manner, shake his head in a pity mood and told me "SORRY, THE TEXT YOU RECEIVED WAS BY ERROR", you are not qualified.
Behold, my name had been replaced by another candidate that was recommended by a notable politician/political office holder.
The one and only political office holder that I know within the state wasn't even picking up my calls, neither was he responding to my text.
When will things like this stop in Nigeria? When will Nigeria start employing people on merit? Enough is enough!!!
If I didn't receive the text, I wouldn't have been bothered. I wouldn't have wasted 12 thousand Naira to be in Ekiti. I wouldn't have put my life on risk of high speed.
Anyways, I just think I should put this on Facebook for future reference and to serve as a public notice that our government are only offering employment to people they know and not those who are merited.”
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In other news, Legit.ng reported that a Nigerian woman recounted how her English name got her a job in the United Kingdom.
Judging from numerous stories online, it is no news that Nigerians and other Africans living abroad are often at a disadvantage when it comes to getting certain opportunities.
This story is no different. A Nigerian chef identified as Sisi Yemmie on Twitter, recently shared her job hunting experience during her stay in the UK. She revealed that she couldn't find a job until she switched to her English name.
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