Old Men Take Over Pure Water Hawking In Abakaliki

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By Okereke Wilson Ogbonnaya


Hawking of sachet water, a petty trade through which some children usually contribute to the upkeep in their various homes has attracted attention of some old men who joined the business in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.

Speaking with our reporter, a 60-year-old man, Mr. Joseph Nkwuda from Izzi Clan said that he condescended to that level so that he could meet up with his family’s responsibility by providing for his seven children and wife.

Mr Joseph Nkwuda

He told us that before now, he was a security guard working with a certain company within Sani Abacha Roundabout in Abakaliki but following the relocation of Abakpa Main Market to its new place which affected badly the activities of the establishment, his salary was slashed by his employer.

The old man told us that he does alternate his guard and trade due to the fact that he works in the night permanently by which he has during the day to hawk adding that he makes between three to four hundred naira daily depends whether he sells either 6 or 8 bags of water.

“I am a security guard working in a particular office at Sani Abacha Roundabout but after Abakpa Main Market was relocated and its surrounding premises and offices closed, my salary was cut down.”

“After I discovered that the payment could not sustain my family, I decided to combine the work with hawking of sachet water”, he said.

Another 62 years old hawker and father of five children simply identified as Mr. Arua, a resident of Mile 50 expressed happiness, according to him, he makes additional N250 or N300 daily outside his security guard.

Mr. Arua

He disclosed that apart from the hawking, he also engaged himself in security guard along Ogoja Road in Abakaliki where he works mostly all nights purposely to enable him fend for his household.

“Since I started the business, at least I can easily settle some minor needs in my home without bothering someone else within the neighbourhood, thus, if I can be helped with enough capital I believe that my fortune will change once I dive into full time business”, he said.

Another 65 years old man, Mr. Vincent Ogbodo, an indigene of Nsokara in Ezza South LGA who resides at Hill Top Road in Abakaliki told us that formerly he was a mason before he encountered serious health challenge that nearly claimed his life.

Mr. Vincent Ogbodo

Three years later he had already became incapacitated that he could not continue the work to enable him fend for himself, he chose hawking of sachet water against other stressful activities.

“It was after I had discovered that, I conveniently joined the activity because of my age and health” he said.

Mr. Ogbodo added that his motivation was on the fact that the business does not require much capital as he only began with sum of N150 the first day and later went home with around N500 at the end of the day.

According to the man, he usually makes fifty naira interest from every bag of water and in most cases goes home with the total gain between N300 and N350 daily.

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