Conflict is the immemorial refuge of incompetent, lazy and often belligerent workers. They find not only sanctuary in indolence but also a kind of superiority, soothing to their macerated egos as heroin appeases the lust of the unrepentant addicts. There is no gainsaying staff of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) aptly personify the proverbial indolent, corrupt worker. Ask Folorunsho Coker, incumbent Director-General (DG) of the tourism corporation.
Few days after staff of the Federal establishment went to town, protesting and spreading unprintable rumours about their new DG, findings revealed the real reason for their animosity towards him.
A highly placed source in the establishment revealed that since Coker took over the reins of office at the establishment, he has been struggling with an uphill task to re-orientate and improve the lot of employees of the corporation.
Many of them are incompetent and highly incorrigible, according to the source.
Findings revealed that staff of the corporation are ridiculously too many, they are not computer literate and do not exhibit any attempt at developing their skills or improving their worth to the government agency.
Thus Cokerâ€™s emergence as the corporationâ€™s new boss manifested as a rude shock to the workers who were used to the old ways of doing things. Another source, a mid-level manager within the agency also revealed that most of the corporationâ€™s staff are very lazy and used to bullying past DGs hence their annoyance at the new DGâ€™s refusal to bend and bow before them.
Since Cokerâ€™s assumption of office, he has blatantly refused to be bullied and dictated to by staff of the NTDC hence their decision to embark on protest and spread unjustifiable rumours against him.
The corporation staff are notable for perpetrating such antics against their former bosses but has failed to produce the desired result against their new boss who insists that they quit the shenanigans and exhibit the professionalism and ethics required of their offices.
It would be recalled that staff of the NTDC recently embarked on protest marches against the leadership of their new DG, Coker. They waited till he was away from office before embarking on the protest.
The Minister for Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, however, intervened and urged the workers to sheathe their swords and wait for Cokerâ€™s return in order to arrive at an amicable solution to the crisis.