Tuesday, April 28, 2020

The odds of creating Remote Jobs in Nigeria

COVID-19 is one monster that has exposed many country’s poor infrastructures and operational dynamics. Nigeria, my beloved country is one of those countries. Like many organizations in other countries, organizations in Nigeria are equally making plans to start creating remote jobs.

After reading through different posts, concerns and proposed strategies to create a remote working environment in Nigeria, I cannot but keep my faith aside and admit the truth that remote jobs cannot strive in Nigeria for now.

Before you come for me that I have lost faith in Nigeria with respect to remote jobs creation, I will request that you look around and establish how many primary schools, secondary schools or universities that are effectively operational online platforms currently. 

By now, I hope you are not living in denial that remote jobs can not be created in Nigeria economy during post COVID-19. I read in a post that “few of the employers claim they do not trust their employees to effectively perform their duties” while working remotely.

As much as this is true, I must confess that those employers do not have all the infrastructures to make remote jobs effective. Aside the cost implications to purchase laptops, desktops, VPNs, expansion of the server capacity, upgrading their network security and other needed resources to enable their remote workforce to be productive, there is also a major problem of lack of electricity. Well, unless electricity problem in Nigeria have been  resolved a few minutes ago, if it's not, then am sorry it's still a major menace.

This I must tell you is one major problem that will militate against remote workforce in Nigeria. Employers will be forced to buy generators, gas, and consistently providing Data to enable remote jobs for their remote employees. In addition, the problem of insecurity, where employees can easily be robbed off their work laptops and desktops will be the other of the day.

All these expenses are well known to many employers in Nigeria, hence they will not venture into such to avoid huge overhead cost. Don't get me wrong, it doesn't mean there are no remote jobs currently in Nigeria, but very! very!! Selected few like, business/Data analyst like myself, network/Database administrator, online support staff for businesses and few others with little capacity enough to manage.

On the contrary, most employees on the other hand said they work more from home than in the office. Yes, this is very true as I can relate with that as I've been working from home in the last 4 weeks consistently, even though It is very demanding to prove one’s productivity. However, this wouldn’t be a problem because with IT auditing in a structured company like mine, one’s productivity can be tracked remotely. With that in place, Indiscipline will be far from employees while working remotely.

In summary, Nigeria government alone has the answer to these concerns. All they need to do is to create an enabling environment for remote jobs to strive. First, establishing 24/7 electricity and ensuring there are grants and enabling business regulations to facilitate local investors to create injectors within the system. With this in place, insecurities will reduce and unemployment will also be on its way out. Until then,  Nigerians can continue to pray, fast and trust God for opportunities that are already embedded in our brains.

Goodluck friends.

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