Unemployed graduates turns to car wash businesses in Kaduna metropolis to end their endless search for formal (white-collar) jobs. The correspondent who went round the city reported that the operators were making brisk business and smiling to the banks.
A graduate of University of Maiduguri, Julis Samba, who operates a car wash centre at Poly Gate said he ventured into the business when he realized he was wasting his "precious time time looking for jobs that does not exists".
According to him, he said he washes 25 cars on a good day and he makes between N80,000 and N100,000 a month. "I would not go to work for anyone if offered a job now, because I have 8 workers" he said.
Mr. Kelechi Humphrey, who graduated from the University of Abuja in 2009, also runs a car washing outfit at Barnawa area of the city said he makes as much as N120,000 a month. He said he charges between N300 and N500 depending on the nature of the car, and makes an average of N4000 daily.
Humphrey advised unemployed youths to utilize their time positively, instead of resorting to acts that would be inimical in the future.
Mr John Vatt, a patron said his street was bad and needed to wash car before going out everyday commended the initiative of the youths in setting up a car wash businesses.
Another patron, Ahmed Usman, said a car washing centers were contributing significantly to reducing the rate of unemployment and urged the government to create a special fund to support them.