My rant has got to be about Nigeria and Nigerians. Don't get me started on the many things wrong with this country, one major one has got to be our pathetic maintainance culture. I'll narrow it down to what happened on Monday. Monday was a public holiday, so naturally organizations weren't open for work. I'd just gotten this job and needed to register a business ASAP. So I remember, oooooh CAC has this portal where you can conduct name searches and register companies online. I'd heard about it a while ago but I never bothered to try it (tbh I just didn't believe it would work). And boy was I right? Hopeless! Hopeless something. What particularly gets my goat is that such a busy and lucrative federal organization like CAC cannot keep a website functioning. Arrrghhhh!
The next morning I call this lawyer who helps me with things at CAC, he's not a staff but handles a lot of work there. He might cost a bit but putting other factors into consideration, the extra cost was worth it. So I call and say hey, please conduct a search for these names for me. And please start work on it ASAP, I've a job to do and the clients need my business name, I would also need to make letter heads ASAP with the name, so please give this priority. He says ok.
Then he calls me two hours later and tells me the second name was approved and I can come get the print out the next day. Wait, that was wayyyy to fast, but they say when something good happens don't question it, right? Errr, maybe not.
The clients call and order a meeting later that day, I was ready! The last thing I needed was that name and my guy had informed me that it had been approved. At the meeting they asked for my company's name and I gave it to them. The next day I'm off the bed running, needed to get to CAC to grab my name and get that business registered stat! Then I call this guy and ask if he's ready with my print out and he says Errr, errrrm, emmmm, let me call you back. I waited for that call the whole day. The next day he sends me a text and says "I'm sorry, the names were not approved. I thought they would approve the second one".
He THOUGHT? HE THOUGHT????? When did mere individuals start to think for CAC? Oh Lord, I could have burst into in flames. I just calmly replied saying no worries.
So wait, I told this negro everything at stake and he just flippantly told me that CAC had approved a name just because he "thought"? And then I'd gone ahead and submitted this came to the clients, and already paid for the letter heads with said name... It's infuriating but that's life... Speaking of CAC, I'll be doing a lot of company and business registrations in the next two months so hola at me if you need help with company registrations, either for businesses or limited liability companies.
On a happy note, I'd afore now run away from registering NGOs because of the excess wahala, but I'm currently working on a few and can help you out with yours too.
Now, that said, I just opened a BBM channel for the blog where we can all chitchat, discuss, share ideas and get to know each other. UPDATE If you're interested, join the channel here; C0024709F. Initially I made it private, by mistake, so I had to delete that and open another.
Lastly, I've been planning to visit Lekki Conservation Centre for a while now and it occured to me that we could go as a group. I went there to make some enquiries and they told me that we could have a picnic, bring our food, drinks et al and have our own little sit out. Also, we would explore the the conservation centre and be a part of nature. They said it costs 25k for a group of 30. So if we're actually going to be thirty that's less than 1k per person. But individuals can come on their own and pay too. It's 1k per person, so I'm thinking if we're very few then we might consider the individual payment.
I'm considering next Saturday the 1st of August, but that's not conclusive yet. So let me know if you would be interested, so that I know what I'm working with. Uyi Omoruyi it's not optional for you, you are our In-house photog!
Also, it would be a lot nicer if everyone coming can bring something along to share. Let me know what you think.
For those who don't know, Lekki Conservation Centre is just before the second tollgate, adjacent to Chevron.
A few pics from this afternoon when I stopped to enquire.