I used to think that any Nigerian Pharmacists can overcome poverty especially when shown the opportunity that will get them on a path to wealth but recent events have shown me that this is not true because certain Nigerian pharmacists and even their staff are designed for poverty and will resist all your effort to improve their lives.
I was consulting for a company recently as we tried to upgrade their operations. Part of our strategy was to computerise most of their operations. This means that any staff that was not computer literate had to be retrenched. Now there was this lady that the MD had been asking for years to learn how to use a computer and she said she was not interested.
Now when we were discussing the staff that needed to go, it got to her turn. Her boss said she was a good staff but refused to learn. I asked him if she could run a shop by herself and he said of course. I then advised him that since he was about to open a new store, that he should make her the manager of the place. After thinking about it he accepted.
We then called the lady in question to inform that that though we wanted to retrench her but that another opportunity had come up and he would now be managing a store. The lady looked at us and said she was not interested in managing a store that he was too young to should the responsibility of managing a store.
I could not believe my ears. That someone was made a manager, a position that most people would jump at and she said she preferred to be a sales clerk. I looked at her and saw poverty written over her destiny.
I then thought about the Nigerian pharmacists that I have interacted with and how they have refused to change. I think of a pharmacist that I have been advising to automate his operation and he has refused. I try to explain to him that his staff were robbing him of thousands on a daily basis but his only considering was the cost of the automation and not what it will saving him.
A lot of Nigerian pharmacists are still operating with what they were taught in school decades ago and nothing you tell them will make them change. I lot of Nigerian pharmacists have never opened a business book and nothing you tell them about business growth strategies that can only be learnt from business management books will make them spend even if its just 10 minutes a day of business and personal development.
Such Nigerian pharmacists are destined for poverty and there is nothing you can do to stop them or hold them back. The bible tells us that the clay cannot tell the porter what to turn it into. Some clay he turns into special pottery while others the porter turns into containers for carrying waste.
Nigerian pharmacists need to ask themselves where they belong. They need to assess themselves by asking if they have the skills needed to run a 100 million naira business or a 1 million naira business
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