Poor Remuneration Made me Resort to Selling Local Cookies – Primary School Teacher

AREWA AGENDA – A Primary School teacher at Unguwan Sheka in Kumbotso Local Government Area of Kano State, Malam Salisu Garba Sheka, has said that poor teacher remuneration led him to start selling local cookies known as “gireba” in Hausa.

Malam Sheka who holds a National Certificate of Education, NCE, revealed that he started teaching primary school pupils since 2004.

“The manner in which government is neglecting teachers has made it impossible for us to be able to feed our families especially for someone like me who have seven children.” Malam Sheka said in Hausa.

“That was why I resorted to selling local cookies (gireba) even though I faced lots of challenges when I started selling it. People always mock at me and laugh off with the belief that I am belittling myself by hawking this commodity but I don’t mind because I make between two to three thousand naira profit daily.” He narrated further.

Malam Sheka revealed that he use to sell eight thousand naira worth of the local commodity between 7am to 12pm and then another eighth thousand naira from noon till night making a total of sixteen thousand naira worth of sales per day.

Sheka acknowledged that the proceeds from his business is worth more than what he receives as monthly salary from government.

Arewa Agenda is a Publication of young writers from Northern Nigeria towards peaceful coexistence and National Development through positive narratives.

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