Sunday, May 02, 2020 /04:00PM / Bukola Akinyele for
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The MD/ CEO of Psyntech Nigeria Limited, Mr John Wesey, a management consultant, believes that COVID-19 has changed the living of people globally and there would be no return to an old normalcy after the ease of lockdown as the fear and anxiety of no Vaccine or cure for the virus would persist.
Giving his opinions on restarting careers after the lock down, the management consultant noted that citizens would need to develop a certain level of courage and confidence to move forward.
He laid emphasis on management staff between the ages of 28-45 years with work experience between 4-13 years, this age, according to Wesey, was a demography to prove the strength of individual character and ability; the age bracket required a self-assurance that would enable these persons secure new jobs, redefine old functions and spruce up their CVs. At this age bracket the internet would prove to be a willing companion and friendly contraption for starting fresh ventures, building new paradigms and adapting to a changed work environment.
Another demography which reflects a maintenance stage of life between ages of 45 and 60 or pre-retirement level, the consultant noted that the first approach was to look at savings if it would start a business, find a way to sell value prepositions, look for flexible working options and talk to an expert. Wesey sees these as opportunities for individuals to rediscover themselves, get fresh ideas from a younger generation and understand the resilience stage.
Wesey argued that curiosity was the mother of invention, he urged the need to show some curiosity, develop a sense of competitiveness to build capacity, explore collaboration and be daring to take bold steps which could yield positive results.
Speaking on the issue of health, he said each State should roll out appropriate guidelines in line with their uniqueness. He was of the view that health and economy were valid concerns.
According to Wesey, the lack of self-discipline amongst Nigerians has promoted rampant corruption in the country, this translates into a likely problem in getting citizens to comply with rules on public health safety. Wesey argued that to ensure public buy-in to the public sector policy initiatives the government should not play politics with the COVID-19 issue.
He said, the current economic challenges were too severe for the government to play politics with people lives. He cited Kano State with several people dying mysteriously without tracing the cause of the death or accessing data, he said that health and the economy move in the same direction and the political leadership should make the right call at this period.