Chances are you’ve already seen the now infamous video of Mr. Obafaiye Shem of the Lagos State Nigeria’s Security and Civil Defense Corps or NSCDC Commandant A.K.A “My Oga at the top” a popular coined term for the commander. Due to his recent gaffe on Channel TV sunrise daily show. Just in case you haven’t seen the video, it’s about a minute long. Here’s a quick refresher to bring you up to speed.
My first reaction to this video, like most, was to bust out laughing, in fact, I couldn’t but watch multiple times. The phrase my oga at the top #trended really quick on social media, series of new parody pictures of Mr. Obafaiye surfaced. I mean its was quite embarrassing.
Well I thought about it again. Is this really a laughing matter? or a time for reflection; a reminder of our fate as a people. It’s serious than we think.
The Lagos port has seen growing amounts of crude oil exported, with export figures rising between 1997 and 2000. Oil and petroleum products provide 14% of GDP and 90% of foreign exchange earnings in Nigeria as a whole. – “Nigeria”. CIA World Factbook. 1 February 2007. Retrieved 4 April 2012.
With these staggering figures, we have a Nigeria Security and Civil Defense commandant that has little to no understanding of basic technological algorithms.
My job really isn’t to criticize or state the obvious. But I write these to shed light on the not so talked about coined phrase. Something l like to call “MY OGA AT THE TOP MENTALITY” a mentality that’s plagued us for decades. It’s also an opportunity for us to revisit how we manage Human Capital, including how it’s resulted in poor Human Development in Africa’s most populous city.
- SecondTogether; we can practically discourage the “MY OGA AT THE TOP MENTALITY”: approach. Simply by empowering your associates, and or employees to make informed decision in your absentia. You don’t need to live in Lagos full time to understand what the term MY OGA means. Chances are you’ve had an encounter or heard this phrase one way or the other on the streets of Lagos. Phrases like “Let me check with my oga”, “Oga said”, “Oga Talk Sey”. We can’t deny our rich cultural tradition of respect for superiors, or elders, neither can we let this kinds of mindset continue to damp the abilities of folks that need upbeat moral or build interpersonal skill set. The My Oga at the Top Mentality prevented Mr. Obafaiye from making crisp informed decision at a critical time of need. HE HAD TO WAIT ON HIS OGA. We can RETHINK that and we should. And I ask you to because it’s the right thing to do. The ability and skill set to make swift smart informed decision could have saved Mr. Obafaiye his earned national and global embarrassment on national TV. So yea. Let us RETHINK that “abeg”.So if you are in a position of leadership of any kind or as we call in in Yorùbá Ọ̀gá, Help your employees learn how to make swift smart informed decisions in the time of need. It could save you, your organization, a global embarrassment. Plus it’s a moral booster. That’s a practical way to empower your employees, or your junior colleagues. To learn step by step on how to help coach or empower someone to be better and fast in making sound informed decisions, Click HERE .
- ThirdI sum up this post by reflecting on how HUMAN CAPITAL was poorly utilized plus how you can fix your human capital woes which could translate into a stronger Human Development Index or HDI if done properly: Mr. Obafaiye Shem is a commandant of the Lagos State Nigeria’s Security and Civil Defense Corps meaning to some other people; He is “THE OGA ON THE TOP”. A loose way of saying he’s got quite a few people under him that reports directly to him. In essence, he could have had quick brief meeting with is staff, prior to the day of the televised interview, talk about strategies and objectives of going into this interview in the first place. To his credit and his discredit. This interview was supposed to be about job racketeering in Nigeria’s Ministry Department and Agencies or MDA. Meaning he had all the reason he needed to know his organizations website as the one resource to apply to jobs in his organization supposedly.From what I gather, the NSCDC website is not up to par. Some links display an internal server error as of the time of this post.
So this could have been an opportunity for a quick fix. Updated links, job racketeering information, and steps to take if you’ve fallen victim. I mean really quick fixes. But
nooooo…. Again deep human capital flaws.
We get the point. The point is we can’t continue to THINK, or DO the same thing we’ve been doing for decades, and expect a hero’s welcome. It won’t happen. The world is way ahead of the curve. So before you step out to make that presentation, make sure your “I’s are dotted, and your “T’s are crossed; because If they’re not, you will definitely hear about it. Plus possibly earn yourself some parody pictures for your wallpaper or something…Something to help you re:THINK.