Ali Dahiru, a Polytechnic graduate from Kaduna who quit his job at Zenith Bank and started selling bread, thinks his decision has been a blessing.
Dahiru, a Higher National Diploma holder in Cooperative Economic and Management from Kaduna Polytechnic, told the News Agency of Nigeria that he hawked bread on the streets of Kaduna and was proud of his trade.
After my graduation, I worked with Zenith Bank as ‘Contract Staff’ for six years, before I resigned to start selling bread.
Dahiru explained how he got into the bread industry by describing how a man bringing bread to the bank caught his attention.
”It was during my annual leave that I decided to talk to a man who sells bread to us in the bank, indicating my interest in the trade.
“I had realised that what he earned in selling bread was more than my monthly earnings at the bank.
”He tried to discourage me on the grounds that as a graduate, bread-selling was not something I should embark on, but I insisted.
”I eventually resigned from the bank and started selling bread on a motorcycle, to the surprise and dismay of some people,” he said.
He said his economic status had risen now, compared with when he was a casual staff at the Zenith Bank, adding that he was now in a position to assist people in need of money.
“I am not ashamed of selling bread as a graduate; those that parade themselves as graduates and do not have a source of income do ask for assistance from me; they should be ashamed, not me.
”I save a minimum of N5,000 daily if my customers did not default in settling my money, but if they do, I save N3000 daily,” he boasted.
The only problem he has is getting bread to consumers, claiming that the motorbike he now uses is bad and cant be used.
”I use a motorcycle which cannot carry large quantity of bread to meet up with the demand of my customers; some times I to go to the bakery three to four times, and often time before I finish my supply, the bread at the bakery would have finished,” he said.