CURSORY : A young medicine student in Nigeria, has started a business due to the prolonged ASUU strike. He is now an employer to 8 people and plans to continue his business as a side hustle after graduating from medical school.
A young student of medicine and surgery at the Usman Danfodiyo University Sokoto (UDUS) has ventured into street food vending following the prolonged strike by the Academic Staff for Union of Universities (ASUU).
Usman Abubakar-Rimi said that he started selling food around the Diplomat area in Sokoto metropolis after he decided to engage himself in productive living, since February 14, when the ASUU strike began.
He said that since then he has managed to expand his business and has even employed 8 people.
In his words:
“I hired a shop, employing eight people manning tea and Indomie joints, selling bottled and canned drinks, masa, rice and beans, pepper soup and meat along with the Point of Sale (POS) business. “A plate of food sells from N200 and above depending on the needs of the customer.
Usman Abubakar-Rimi, also revealed that he has a second shop now on Fodio Road in Sokoto where he sells he sells men and women clothing, caps, student bags, and shoes.
“I am always happy to see that I become an employer of labour. At present, I engaged 10 persons in the two shops.
“I relied on the shops for handsome incomes because I don’t ask my parents for any money in spite of the fact that schools were closed”
Abubakar-Rimi said he never took any loans contrary to what many believed, rather he made good use of the opportunity presented by the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown to begin an egg and chicken distribution business.
According to him, he made several contacts from the small business, through which he now supplies restaurants with some of his goods.
He said: “I also obtained the eggs and chickens from large scale farms from small amounts to higher quantity suppliers, from the proceeds I started the two businesses.
“With the lucrative opportunities provided by the businesses, I envisage to continue with the ventures even after my graduation. “When I become a medical doctor, I envisage to engage in work that will not be too time consuming because at present, I have begun to lose hope on a salary earning job.
“I want to establish a pharrmacy, work in a private hospital as well as engage in private initiated-businesses relevant to my profession.
Usman Abubakar-Rimi, while advising students to utilize the opportunity given to them also urged the government to do the needful and resolve the strike.
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