Just this morning, a friend of mine was having a conversation with his lady friend in Abuja, and she was telling him her experience of the N50,000 (Fifty Thousand Naira) monthly sales job. She went for an interview and was told that she would resume by 7am and close by 8pm, Mondays till Saturdays. She quitted. She said she met some very pretty girls who were working there, dressed to kill, and made a friend who was a married woman. The most annoying thing was that they were told to dress well and make up proper, all for N50k in a month.
She went home and never went back. She advised the married woman she met there to better stay home and do things like cake and stuff and market them instead of that job. The married woman even has a car. The married lady told her she just wanted to leave home and get busy. Few weeks later she called the married woman and she said she quitted too. She goes to work from 7am and comes back by 8pm, hardly had time for her children and she had to quit.
How can one live in Abuja with N50k in a month? Rents, feeding, clothing, maybe taking care of other jobless sibling and sending stipends to the parents. Just picture this in your head. She even said some people earn less in a year. OK, some of these people stay with parents and relatives, many definitely stay alone. Life is definitely not as roses and as glossy as Abuja seems for many. Abuja is not a very cheap city. How can anyone survive this time with that small? Some would tell you it is better than joblessness.
I heard some of these ladies are paid from N25,000 to 30, 000 in a month. All these salaries are less than sixty to seventy British Pounds in a month. As the value of the Naira depreciates daily, these salaries can barely feed one person for a month, in our societies with dependents, just do the maths.
This is why there is so much desperation by people to leave Nigeria for elsewhere, anywhere. A lot of people who are not working would see those working as lucky.
We also talk about those how helps who live in the house of people they work with. They work round the clock and the people who house them even see it as doing them favours.
They are those who make a lot of money in Nigeria, do business and succeed, but just imagine the majority of people earning the low. So when you see some of these our sisters substituting the job with prostitution, don’t be judgmental. The economy forces you to survive anyhow.