Ali Dahiru, a graduate of the Polytechnic in Kaduna who quit his job at Zenith Bank and started selling bread, says his decision has been a blessing.
Dahiru, holder of a Higher National Diploma (HND), who graduated from Kaduna Polytechnic in the field of Cooperative Economic and Management, told NAN that he sold bread on the streets of Kaduna and was proud of his craft.
“After graduating, I spent six years at Zenith Bank as a Contract Staff before resigning to start selling bread.”
Dahiru told how his “romance” with the bread business began, saying that a man who brought bread to the bank sparked his interest.
“During my annual leave, I decided to talk to a man who sells us bread in the bank to show my interest in the trade.
“I had realized that what he was earning from selling bread was more than my monthly income at the bank.
“He tried to discourage me because as a graduate bread salesman I wasn’t something I should get into, but I insisted.
“I eventually resigned from the bank and started selling bread on a motorcycle, much to some people’s surprise and dismay,” he said.
He said his economic status had now risen compared to when he was a casual staff at Zenith Bank, adding that he was now able to help people in need of money.
“I am not ashamed to sell bread as a graduate; those who parade themselves as graduates and have no source of income ask me for help; they should be ashamed, not me.
“I save at least N5,000 daily if my clients don’t default on settling my money, but if they do, I save N3,000 daily,” he boasted.
According to him, his only challenge is transporting bread to customers, as the motorcycle currently being used is inadequate.
“I use a motorcycle that cannot carry large quantities of bread to meet the demand of my customers; sometimes I go to the bakery three to four times, and often time before I finish my stock, the bread from the bakery will ‘, he says.
While calling on young graduates to embrace legitimate businesses, no matter how small, he urged young people to always “cut their coats according to their size.”