I Became Richer As A Bread Hawker Than As Bank Staff – Ex-Banker Narrates
One Dahiru Ali in Kaduna State has said he is now richer as a bread hawker than when he was a bank staff.
Narrating his journey into bread hawking and how the decision has become a blessing to him, Ali who is a Higher National Diploma, HND graduate admonished jobless graduates to venture into legitimate businesses and wait no further for white-collar jobs.
According to Ali, he resigned from his job in Zenith Bank and took to selling bread after he realized how profitable the business is.
Naija News understands that Ali holds a Higher National Diploma, HND certificate from Kaduna Polytechnic in the field of Cooperative Economic and Management.
Sharing his testimony with the News Agency of Nigeria, proud Ali said: ”After my graduation, I worked with Zenith Bank as ‘Contract Staff’ for six years, before I resigned to start selling bread.
He shared further that he concluded on venturing into the bread business after his conversation with a man that was bringing bread to the bank, while he was still a bank staff.
He said: ”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 realized that what he earned in selling bread was more than my monthly earnings at the bank.
”He tried to discourage me because 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.
According to him, he usually saves a minimum of N5,000 daily if his customers did not default in settling him. But that if they defaulted, he save N3000 daily.
Speaking about his challenges in the business, Ali said his only challenge is the means of transporting bread to customers, saying the motorbike currently being used, is inadequate.
”I use a motorcycle which cannot carry a 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.
Ali admonished the youth to always “cut their coat according to their size.”