I walk into the office space of the organization and present my documents to the lady at the front desk.

“Can I have your ID card ma?” she asks.

I present my ID card to her and she looks at it to compare the details with those on the letter I had earlier given to her.

“Please make a copy of your ID at the other reception” She points to an office in the direction I had just come in from.

I walk back to the previous reception and present my ID card to the lady behind the desk.

“It is 10 naira per copy”. She says.

I look around wondering if this reception is another organization. I see it is still the same organization as a signage stating same hangs on the wall.

“I’m sorry, why do I have to pay for this? I ask.

“That is the process. Photocopy is 10 naira per page”. She says with an attitude.

“I did not realize that your organization runs a business centre”. I respond as I pass the card to her.

I am thirsty and see that they have a water dispenser in the office.

“Can I have a disposable cup and do I have to pay for the water as well?” I ask.

The lady ignores my question but hands me a disposable cup.

Selling a free service

With a copy of my ID card done, I walk back to the inner reception and ask the lady who initially attended to me; “Your organization runs a business centre right inside the office?”

“I am sorry ma. I mentioned it earlier that you would have to pay for it. You probably did not hear me”.

“Seriously? Is that the point?” I shake my head in disgust.

I pick up my renewed documents from her and head out.

I wonder why a PRIVATE institution will have to charge a token to offer a “supposed” free service. And to think that the charge had to come in the guise of a photocopy.

Sad! Really Sad!!

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Olubukola is a writer and blogger. She loves reading and imaginative writing. She has authored two romance stories namely “Second Chances” and “To Love and to Hold” which have been published on and on Her author page on Amazon is Olubukola is the creative director of NDJs; a fashion label, whose mission is to create and provide classy yet simple pieces with African prints for the everyday woman regardless of the function she finds herself in. Asides writing, reading and fashion designing, Olubukola is also passionate about inspiring music, dance and arts. She currently works and lives with her family in Lagos, Nigeria.


  1. I guess because people have abused the system. It could also be the cost of ink, paper, petrol and dare I say $. These factors might have forced the company’s hands to have a “business Centre” on the side amongst other things.

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