A former staff of Zenith Bank, Ali Dahiru has revealed why he resigned his job to start selling bread on the streets.
The Higher National Diploma (HND) holder of Cooperative Economic and Management from Kaduna Polytechnic says his decision to start selling bread has turned out to be a blessing.
Dahiru, who disclosed this to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in an interview, stated that he worked with Zenith Bank as a ‘Contract Staff’ for six years, before he resigned to start selling bread
Narrating how the bread business started , Dahiru said a man that was bringing bread to the bank, arose his interest.
”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.
According to him, 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 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.
While calling on young graduates to embrace legitimate businesses, no matter how little, he admonished the youth to always “cut their coat according to their size.”