Social Problems: Focus on Social Protection

The spate and magnitude of insecurity in Nigeria is alarming and deeply agonizing. It would leave the tough and strong-hearted drained, confused and devastated. The bombings, the killings, the abductions, the kidnappings, killing and maiming of innocent citizens including children! It is unthinkable as it is unimaginable!

When criminalities nothing compared to current happenings occur, the immediate reaction is to go after the culprits, apprehend them and bring them to book. These in many cases meet with delays, failures and a times misplaced justice. In this regard we need a change of strategy.

The pertinent question is what is responsible for these occurrences? What are the causes of these dastardly and despicable incidents? In addition to ongoing efforts that are mostly reactive, the situation also calls for effective crisis management that is proactive, preemptive and preventive. These include conflict management strategies that emphasize care, support and infrastructure.

There is always the feeling of nostalgia when people recall the good old days when there was communal living characterized by a strong sense of community, people looked out for one another, pool resources, shared meals, help, protect, cared for one another and resolve conflicts amicably. There was a sense of belonging and meeting one another’s needs. They were their brothers’ keepers.

This sense of cohesion got lost over time. Many families are struggling with harsh economic conditions and its consequences, unemployment, poverty, accommodation problems and social isolation which may result in family tensions.

Family stress could lead to serious disagreements between parents, family breakdown or violence posing great dangers to children or long term harm which may be associated with children’s behavioural problems with consequences on their education and future, emotional damage and crime.

A principle of conflict resolution is to understand the root cause or sources of a problem to determine the strategy required to fix it. It is widely believed that to prevent a problem from occurring is better than searching for a cure. Considering the spate of youth joblessness and the danger it portends.

This and the ideals of communal living find expression through the children’s law, Child’s Rights Act. It mandates State Governments to identify disadvantaged children within their areas assess their needs and provide services appropriate to their needs including financial assistance where necessary.

It provides solutions to address some of the problems faced by families and their children and youths. It proffers pointers that will drastically reduce the prevalence of social problems such that youths are not rendered vulnerable and made pawns in the hands of the unscrupulous.

It mandates the establishment of family centres in every State of the Federation where needy children and their families can visit when in need of support and assistance to meet their unique individual family needs. A family-friendly facility they can turn to when in distress. They can be established by government or voluntary agencies. This serves as a viable means of emotional outlet and promotes a sense of belonging.

This will protect families, at-risk youths and single mothers. It will provide education, empowerment and emotional support to vulnerable children and help to their families. Those with one need or the other can walk or call in to trade helplessness hopelessness for hope and care.

We need to encourage proactive approach to support and empower families in need, make them strong to protect children and youths. It is not only the children and their families that will benefit the society as well!
It is expedient to emphasize the establishment of family centres playing down the paraphernalia of government to make it user-friendly and encourage patronage. We need this in addition to having God in our lives.




8 Qualities that Make an Employee Outstanding

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To be an employee that is valued, you need to imbibe attributes that will help you achieve success in your career and personal life.

Enjoy your work

Demonstrate a positive attitude

Develop good communication

Expect and adapt to change and market conditions

Commit to excellent client/customer service and relationship
Imbibe a pleasing appearance neat and clean

Excellent service
Be hard working but please your employer. Match your employer’s needs meet the employer’s needs in a way that is compatible with the company’s style

Set priorities. Be sure what you are doing is your boss’s top priority
Commit to excellence

Be aware of the most recent developments in the industry.

Build experience have a deep knowledge of the company and industry

Acquire new knowledge, information, techniques and find ways to align these with your work

Invest in lifelong learning continue to learn and upgrade your skills and be skilled in several applications

Develop intrinsic motivation for self improvement

Network professionally


Be punctual

Don’t sneak out of work learn to ask for permission

Take responsibility

Be committed

Be dependable

Be an employee known for honesty in all situations and with all people tell the truth at all times and be trusted around valuable items without fear of theft don’t allow anything tarnish or damage your reputation

Be a person of character. A person of character doesn’t gossip, speak ill of the boss or criticize anyone
Be loyal

Find out your employers needs and the challenges the company faces transfer your skills and the aspects of your background and experience that align with their needs

Learn difficult jobs and tasks no one else wants to do

Exceed expectations.

Figure things out yourself after it has been pointed out to you

Be innovative

Do projects on time without reminders pressure or prodding and with utmost good quality excellence and enthusiasm

Be among those who do the most work volunteer for assignments and when offered do them quickly and diligently
Come prepared to every meeting. Speak early ask questions

Be supportive of others

Give credit to others

Don’t be judgmental or feel threatened how others handle certain tasks rather appreciate their differences

Acknowledge the advantage of diversity others will bring in their unique talents and skills for effectiveness

Learn that what comes to you may not mean the right or only way to do it others may obtain good results by following different methods

Don’t read behaviours motives of others this may lead to wrong perceptions and misunderstanding we are all different

Recognize that troublemakers may be defined as those who approach something differently or who challenge another person to re-evaluate or learn a new way that something can be accomplished

Be principled. Know when to establish boundaries but be helpful.
Treat people with respect

Be courteous and polite.

Put God first

Put God first in all that you do. Be guided in your daily endeavours by His standards and let your actions and decisions conform to His principles. When there are challenges talk to God through prayer as you work to resolve them. This will foster your emotional well-being and enhance your health, morale and productivity.