Ali Dahiru, a polytechnic graduate in Kaduna who left his job at Zenith Bank to hawk bread, says his decision has turned out to be a “blessing”.

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According to NAN, Dahiru graduated from Kaduna Polytechnic (KADPOLY), where he bagged HND in cooperative economic and management.

Dahiru said when he graduated from the institution, he worked as a “contract staff” at the bank for six years before quitting to hawk bread.

A contract worker is someone engaged by a company to provide a service but not an employee of the company.

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“After my graduation, I worked with Zenith Bank as ‘contract staff’ for six years, before I resigned to start selling bread,” he said.

Recounting how he came about the business, Dahiru said his interest in the trade was piqued by someone supplying bread to the bank where he was working at the time.

“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,” he said.

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“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 his economic status has improved when compared to when he was a casual staff at the bank, adding that he is now in position to assist people in need of money.

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“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,” he added.

“I save a minimum of N5,000 daily if my customers did not default in settling my money, but if they do, I save N3,000 daily.”

Dahiru said his only challenge is the means of transporting bread to customers, adding that the motorcycle he is using currently is no longer enough.

“I use a motorcycle which is 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 will finish from the bakery,” he said.

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He called on young graduates to embrace legitimate businesses, no matter how little.

The entrepreneur also enjoined youths to always “cut their coat according to their size”.



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