A young man identified as Usman Abubakar Rimi, who is a Medicine and Surgery final year student at Usmanu Danfodiyo University has turned to a street food vendor due the ongoing industrial action embarked by the members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) since February.
- Final Year Medical Student Turns to Street Food Vendor in Sokoto.
- Abubakar Rimi owned a food outlet and Indomie joint in the Diplomat area in Sokoto.
- He owned another shop where he sells mens and women clothing materials.
- After School, He want to work in a private hospital as well as engage in private-initiated businesses relevant to his profession
Speaking in an interview with the News Agency Nigeria on Friday in Sokoto, the young man, Abubakar Rimi said he decided to start the business inorder to keep himself in doing something meaningful as the Strike forced students to become redundant.
Abubakar-Rimi, who owned a food outlet and Indomie joint in the Diplomat area in Sokoto metropolis explained that the ongoing extended strike embarked on by the Academic Staff Union of Universities gave him the full opportunity.
He explained that he ventured into full-scale food selling in the last two months and described the business as lucrative.
Abubakar-Rimi said.;[quotation]“I hired a shop, employing eight people manning tea and Indomie joints, selling bottled and canned drinks, masa, rice and beans, pepper soup and meat along with the Point of Sale business.
“A plate of food sells from N200 and above depending on the needs of the customer,” [/quotation]
Abubakar Rimi added that he owned another shop on Fodio road where he sells unisex clothing, caps, students bags, shoes and many others in Sokoto.
[quotation]“I am always happy to see that I become an employer of labour – as at present I engage 10 persons in the two shops.
“I rely on the shops for handsome incomes, because I don’t ask my parents for any money in spite of the fact that schools are closed,”
“However, I utilized the opportunity of COVID-19 lockdown, during the pandemic, and started an egg and chicken distribution business where I had made contacts with restaurants for the supply.
“I also obtained the eggs and chickens from large scale farms from small amounts to higher quantity suppliers, from the proceeds I started the two businesses,” [/quotation]
According to Abubakar Rimi, he explained that even when Universities resumed, the businesses would keep going as he would combined with his academic activities
[quotation]“I designed a sustainability plan where registers were opened for maximum record keeping, supply chain and other management procedures,” Abubakar-Rimi said.
“With the lucrative opportunities provided by the businesses, I envisage to continue with the ventures even after my graduation.
“When I become a Medical Doctor, I envisage to engage in work that will not be too time consuming because at present, I have begun to lose hope on a salary earning job.
“I want to establish a Pharmacy, work in a private hospital as well as engage in private-initiated businesses relevant to my profession,” [/quotation]