A senior medical and surgical student at Usmanu Danfodiyo University in Sokoto, Usman Abubakar-Rimi, has become a street vendor due to ongoing industrial action by university professors.
In an interview with the Nigerian News Agency on Friday in Sokoto, Abubakar-Rimi said he conceived the initiative for a productive life when the strike forced the dismissal of students.
The ongoing, protracted strike by the university’s academic staff union gave him a full chance. He explained that in the past two months he has ventured into selling groceries on a large scale and described the business as lucrative.
“I rented a shop and employed eight people. Manage tea and indomie establishments, sell bottled and canned beverages, dough, rice and beans, chili soup and meat, and point of sale business.
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“A plate of food is sold from N200 and up according to customer’s needs,” said Abubakar-Rimi. He said he owns another store on Fodio Street, also in metropolitan Sokoto, where he sells men’s and women’s clothing hats, student backpacks and shoes.
Abubakar-Rimi said he did not agree to any loans or programs to give young people the opportunity to start businesses. With an income I founded the two companies,” added Abubakar-Rimi.
Abubakar-Rimi added that the business has many prospects and encouraged young people to think about how to use their time and undertake viable initiatives.
He further explained that when school resumed, the business would remain and be combined with his academic activities. “I designed a sustainability plan in which records were opened to maximum records, supply chains and other management procedures,” Abubakar-Rimi.
According to him, the advantages of online platforms ensure that they run and manage business properly using mobile phones that facilitate contacts.
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“Given the lucrative opportunities
companies offer, I expect to stay with the companies even after I graduate. “When I become a doctor, I plan to have a job that doesn’t take too much time because I’m losing hope of a paying job these days.
“I want to open a pharmacy, work in a private hospital and do private business in my job,” explained Abubakar-Rimi.
He advised students to use their free time to engage in business, stressing that today’s online services offer many opportunities to take advantage of.
The student called on the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retired), to find a lasting solution to the strikes in the interest of the youth and the progress of the country.
He urged the speakers to consider the students’ difficulties and to solve the problem with some offers from the federal government as the impact of the strikes affects more all categories of Nigerians.