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Final year medical student becomes street food over ASUU strike

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Final year medical student becomes street food over ASUU strike

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Usman Abubakar-Rimi, a final year medicine and surgery student of the Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto (UDUS), has turned to street food vendor due prolonged industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of the Universities (ASUU).

In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Sokoto, Abubakar-Rimi said he conceived the initiative in order to engage in productive living as the strike forced students to become redundant.

 

 

 

The undergraduate who owned a food outlet and Indomie joint in the Diplomat area in Sokoto metropolis explained that the ongoing extended strike embarked by Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

”I hired a shop, employing eight people manning tea and indomie joints, selling bottled and canned drinks, masa, rice and beans, peppe soup and meat along with the Point of Sells (POS) business,” he said.

”A plate of food sells from N200 and above depending on the needs of the customer.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

He explained that he owned another shop on Fodio road also in the Sokoto metropolis where he sells men and women’s clothing, caps, student bags, and shoes.

”I am always happy to see that I become an employer of labour as at present I engaged 10 persons in the two shops.

 

 

 

 

 

”I relied on the shops for handsome incomes, because I don’t ask my parents for any money in spite of the fact that schools were closed, ” he added.

Abubakar-Rimi said he did not access any loan or youths empowerment scheme to embark on the businesses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

”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, ” Abubakar-Rimi added.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abubakar-Rimi added that the businesses had a lot of prospects and encouraged youths to think on the ways to utilise their time and venture into viable initiatives.

He further explained that when the school resume the businesses would be sustained and combined with the academic activities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

”I designed a sustainability plan where registers were opened for maximum record keeping, supply chain and other management procedures, ” Abubakar-Rimi said.

According to him, the advantages of online platforms ensured that they run and manage the businesses properly using cell phones which facilitate contacts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

”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, ” Abubakar-Rimi explained.

He advised students to utilise their free times to engage in businesses, stressing that the present online services provided a lot of opportunities to leverage on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The student called on President Muhammadu Buhari to find a lasting solution to impending strikes in the interest of youths and the country’s progress.

He further appealed to the lecturers to consider the students’ plights and resolve the issue with some offers by the Federal Government as the effects of strikes bite harded on all categories of Nigerians.

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Nigeria @ 62: Ayoola calls for greater dedication for a better country

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A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State, Omooba Adekunle Adebayo Ayoola has called on the leadership of this country to double their dedication towards making the country great.

 

 

 

 

 

Omooba Adekunle Ayoola disclosed that the citizens of the country must also be more patriotic and refrain from all despicable acts that are capable of hurting the progress of the country.

The Poland based investment expert gave this counsel while rejoicing with Nigerians on the occasion of her 62nd Independence anniversary

Ayoola said “we have the almighty God to thank for another opportunity to celebrate our resilience and modest achievements as an independent nation in the last 62 years. Though, we have missed some opportunities in the past but we can always correct our errors and work towards ensuring a more prosperous and secured nation.

“Our leaders at all levels must show greater sense of commitment and dedication to serve the people and make life comfortable for them. The followership too must also be ready to exhibit patriotism, they should believe in the country and join hands with the leadership to turn things around for good. I have that conviction that Nigeria will be far better, just very soon”.

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150 Years: FrieslandCampina Pays Tribute to Member Dairy Farmers

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150 Years: FrieslandCampina Pays Tribute to Member Dairy Farmers

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To mark the end of its 150th anniversary year, FrieslandCampina presents its new short film, A New Day. The film pays tribute to the many generations of dairy farmers who have made FrieslandCampina what it is today; a dynamic, forward-looking dairy cooperative and a global company.

‘A New Day’ tells the story of the next generation of farmers, focused on the future of dairy farming with lots of passion and determination, while adapting to the rapidly changing world.

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According to Hein Schumacher, CEO FrieslandCampina: “We are very proud of our farmers and our cooperative heritage. For over 150 years, our member farmers have always managed to adapt to what the market and society demand from them. By actively responding to evolving needs and constantly innovating, they have developed themselves into very innovative farmers.

“I have great admiration for the next generation of farmers, especially in these tense and uncertain times. They are building the future of sustainable dairy farming, with the same commitment and unwavering spirit as the many generations before them. This film is our tribute to all dairy farmers, young and old” Schumacher said.

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Also commenting, Ben Langat, Managing Director, FrieslandCampina Sub-Saharan Africa said, “The story of our cooperative is a special one. ‘A New Day’ celebrates our farmers who are playing that critical role in bringing better nutrition to the tables of families across Sub-Saharan Africa. FrieslandCampina Sub-Saharan Africa salutes our farm heroes and remains steadfast in our commitment and support to the development and prosperity of our local dairy farmers.”

ABOUT THE FILM
The four-minute film tells the story of three young dairy farmers who are on a journey, sometimes literally, as they face dilemmas, make choices and emerge stronger, ready for a new day. The film shows the challenges they are facing in this rapidly changing world. ‘A New Day’ is the sequel to ‘The Story of Milk, produced in 2012, also by corporate cinema agency 1Camera.

Please click and watch ‘A New Day’ https://youtu.be/NMbg1eT225o

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Foundation Empowers Widows, Funds Children Education

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Foundation Empowers Widows, Funds Children Education

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To reduce the number of out-of-school children in the country and help widows in society, Lawrence Grace Foundation has urged the Federal Government to formulate a policy that will keep children in school and a workable policy document that will cater for the widow’s well-being.

Speaking at the empowerment of 200 widows, free medical outreach, and payment for scores of school children whose parents cannot afford school fees in Agiliti, Mile 12 Area of Lagos state, with the theme, ‘No act of kindness is ever wasted,’ the convener, Oluyinka Adewoye urged government at all levels to create mechanisms through which the needy’s well being can be attended to.

 

 

 

 

 

She stated that the aim of the Foundation is to reduce the poverty rate in society to the minimum as well as the rate of out-of-school children in society. “Part of the foundation objectives is to also train widows in different types of handiwork, which will make them self-reliant and able to contribute their quota to nation-building at large.”

Adewoye pointed out that the Foundation started four years ago with the aim of reaching out to widows, and the less privileged in society as well as empowering more than 4000 indigent people.

 

 

 

Also speaking at the event, Programme Coordinator, Kemisola Adeyemi, urged the government to establish more old people’s homes for senior citizens in all the 774 local councils in Nigeria to cater to their needs.

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