I am on my way to Montreal for our Annual Retreat as well as several other meetings, one of which is the inauguration of our St-Laurent Church!
At the airport at Abuja, I noticed that many of the workers expected to receive a tip from me! One of them even said, “I am very happy to see you today…and it’s the beginning of a new year”. I said thank you!
I find it very hard to give a public official money! Not because I don’t want to give them something but becos I feel it is wrong! In canada, it is actually wrong to offer a law enforcement agent a gift! The same rule applies to many organizations! During your employment training you are told that if anyone offers you a gift you are to politely refuse it. The obvious exceptions are service industries where tips are part of the culture such as restaurants, car parks..
So whenever I am at the airport I have this struggle within me! Should I give money to this man who surely needs some help financially because his salary is too small or should I stand for the good of the nation and give nothing? What would be ideal is that when anyone gives them a gift, they should politely refuse it,
Can we have this in Nigeria? Will there come a time when out of habit and gratitude you offer a custom officer or flight attendant a monetary gift at they say “sir I appreciate your guesture, however we are not allowed to accepts gifts. Thank you once again sir”?
Oh wouldn’t that be a great day? For it to happen, the workers have to be well paid. An average graduate should earn at least N100k every month!
I believe we will experience a better Nigeria! If only we all allow God to help us live as examples to others!
Secondly a law has to be made to deter people from offering gifts to public officers!
Jesus calls us light of the world! Let us all choose to shine so that darkness will flee. Do your part! Say NO to anything that is not good for our nation and would not glorify our Heavenly Father.