An entrepreneur, Abdul-Kabiri Shittu, has assured youths in Nigeria that there is nothing wrong in being self-dependent, without depending on government for employment.
Shittu, in a recent chat with THISDAY at Oyingbo, Ebute-Metta, Lagos where he plies his trade of frying and selling pastries and snacks, said there are many businesses youths can engage in nowadays to earn income.
The entrepreneur, in his twenties, who attended Government Senior College on Eric Moore Road, Surulere, said after his Senior Secondary School, there wasn’t any money for him to go further to a higher institution, and he subsequently decided to learn catering.
Presently engaged in the business of frying yam, doughnut, sausage roll, bean cake and plantain, Shittu said, within a short time youths can start managing their own businesses by themselves without being under anyone, in a trade he believed is also good for men.
According to him, “what women can do, men can also do it successfully”. He also expressed happiness at being currently self-employed in the frying business at Kano Street, Oyingbo area of Lagos.
Shittu disclosed that the frying business is very easy to start with small amount of money, and that the process of producing all the snacks mentioned above is very easy.
To him, “nothing is difficult, when you have the materials needed to do the business such as flour, sugar, water, salt, groundnut oil and others materials based on what you want to fry or bake, But as a man if you don’t have the idea of doing the business, you can engage in catering training for a short period of time and you will obtain the idea of doing the business.”
Shittu, who said he tries his best to save at least N500 from the business every day despite the cost of materials, added that he feeds himself from it without depending on anyone for help.
He urged youths to try their best to become self-employed and contented with what they have, and the work they are doing, while using the proceeds to take care of themselves and to invest in other businesses as time goes on. He added that he has a passion for frying snacks and is happier for it.