Fear Of Buhari or Intelligence Of Buhari?
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Today I bumped into an NNPC Government official …. and we happened to engage in a conversation about work and life.
Inevitably the question of President Muhammadu Buhari and Ibe Kachiukwu (Group Managing Director of NNPC) came up. I wanted to know how things were changing in his sector … how the fear of Buhari was putting things into shape!
And true to the news we have been hearing, the government official confirmed that things had indeed changed. People are no longer allowed to come to work after 8:00 am or else they meet the gate locked … gbam!
And then he said people are now on their toes, people are now showing up to work and people are actually doing work. This was the perfect fear of Buhari scenario we had been told would happen. And that is that somehow his fear would be enough to create a radical change in NNPC and Nigeria as a whole … And that would have been the case if he had stopped there …. but he didn’t.
Because what he did next was to pull out a brand new shrink wrapped Green NNPC ID Card. And then he continued…
He said in his long years of working at NNPC they had never received such ID cards. Now everybody was
required to clock-in and clock-out with their badges. No longer will NNPC officials in his sector go to work invisible, show up invisible only to collect money physically!
And this happened not because of the fear of Buhari, but rather the intelligence of Buhari and the people around him.
You see success does not just happen because of fear … but rather with intelligently created systems such as a card reader system that forces people to be accountable and makes it more difficult for them to dupe the Nation.
Yes fear plays a factor, but fear is transient … fear can only fix problems in the short term. But intelligent systems ignited by fear and driven by intelligent people can succeed on the long run.
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