Friday, July 27, 2007

Deceptions, training away bad things and finally a cabinet

It is, it appears a week in which things are not quite what they seem. There is a furore about the BBC and other UK broadcasters “duping” their viewers by asking them to call in to win prizes when the winner had already been decided, or reading out the name of a member of production staff as the winner of a phone-in competition when technical difficulties prevented calls from coming through. There has been much hand-wringing and apologies from the Beeb, especially coming after it was revealed that footage it had shown of the queen storming out of a photo session had been manipulated. Through it all, I couldn’t help thinking- “Come on people, it’s television, not real life- what do you expect?”

Trust the Director of the BBC he’s ordered the entire staff of the corporation to attend training on trust and integrity, which hasn’t gone down well with those members of staff who feel that they weren’t implicated and so shouldn’t have to go through it all.

Personally I’m amused at this belief in training- x makes an anti-Semitic remark; he holds meetings with members of the Jewish community and undergoes training in cultural diversity. Ditto for the racist and homophobic. If these lessons are so life-changing, shouldn’t we all be going on them beforehand and not just when the s**t has hit the ceiling (if you’ll pardon my French) Perhaps next time someone commits a crime, instead of punishing them we can send them to murder/stealing or fraud charm school instead...

Finally, Uncle Yardie (I refused to call OBJ Baba, but I don’t mind calling Yardie Uncle) has sworn in his cabinet. I like that Mrs Diezaeni Alison Madueke is in charge of Transport. With her working experience as a very senior executive in Shell and a fairly comfortable background, she should be ready to contribute and not to chop. Professor Adenike Grange at the Health Ministry is another square peg in a square hole. I reserve my comments on Ojo Maduekwe in Foreign Affairs and Shamsudeen Usman in Finance. Yardie has decided to hold on to the energy portfolio with no less than 3 junior ministers to support him. Ha, this oil sweet o!

At the moment I’m reading Temptations of the West: How to be Modern in Pakistan and India by Pankaj Mishra. It’s an interesting mix of memoir, travelogue, philosophical rambling and history with illuminating insights into for instance, the situation in Kashmir

10 comments:

catwalq said...

Love this post and I am off to go find the book.
have a lovely weekend ok

and stay away from British hypocrites men...

Jaja said...

yea.. all that buhaha about BBC... it seems thre are corrupt human beings everywhere....
Curious books that you read.. how do I get a card to your private library?

enjoy the weekend

Anonymous said...

The reasoning/ hope that Mrs Madueke will not "chop" because she worked for Shell, comes from a comfortable background and is married to someone who walks or used to walk the corridors of power baffels me. How did she marry her husband? She is not his first wife. Do you honestly think a woman who marries a rich older man does not do it for security and more wealth in Nigeria? Let me tell you, Shell money is not the same as "Gofment" money. The way you spend Shell money in Harrods is different from the way you spend "Gofment" money. Let us just hope that as an intellectual, or at least an exposed girl, she would be different and will do something as a human being that has a conscience and not hope that she will not chop cos she is rich. Ibori, Saraki and the rest of them, were they not by Nigerian standards rich before they became richer.
Accountability is what I want at the end of the day.

Fo said...

wow...i think corruption is in all humans...just some are stronger enuf to hide it than others...keep it real man...
xoxo

Anonymous said...

http://www.folakeanddeji.com/

SOLOMONSYDELLE said...

"Do you honestly think a woman who marries a rich older man does not do it for security and more wealth in Nigeria? "

Wow...is it at all possible that the lady and others like her married for love?

Anyway, Anon is right that accountability is of utmost importance. We shall see how well this cabinet performs....

Atutupoyoyo said...

I found the BBC thing quite interesting. My conspiratorial side wondered how much the BBC caved in to pressure from the establishment.

It is, after all, far beyond the realms of imagation that our Head of State could actually have had a hissy fit. Unthinkable.

Cheetarah said...

o,mrs madueke was in the times earlier this year for being one of the first female board member eva in shell, good for her hard work has paid of,paving the way for ME:)

The BBC is too funny and na our tv license money go pay for sandwich and crumpets at this training course o!

uknaija said...

@catwalq- hope you enjoy it
@jaja- email me for an application form
@anonymous- As I understand it she married a widower and has had a sterling career at Shell. But you're right who knows. I was merely expressing hope
@fo- I'll try
@anonymous- thanks for letting me know about the wedding of Folake and Deji. Although I don't know them, i wish them the best:-)
@solomonsydelle- help me ask o
@atutupoyoyo-took me a while to work out who "our" head of state was
@cheetarah- you're too right

Anonymous said...

Could someone please give the correct link or address to Folake nad Deji's wedding website. The web address i have does not work.
Thanks.