Mr. Raymond Chidi is the Chief Executive Officer of Chidex Fish farm located at Asa dam area of Ilorin, Kwara State, who ventured into business to overcome inferiority complex .
He said “I studied Fishery at the University of Ife and after my youth service in 2010 I returned home without a job. My father who is a carpenter had catered for my education. I then discovered that our neighbours were looking down on my family because of our status, I was therefore, pushed to start something.
“So, in 2012 I started a fish pond since I have knowledge about rearing fish. My start up capital was N78,000.
“All that has become story today and I have proven to the entire world that nobody is born to be poor and without a push one will be static. “
The CEO stressed that he remained focused and shunned distractions, adding that despite his humble background he is making headway in the world of business.
“Currently, I enjoy patronage from hotels and beer parlours within Ilorin metropolis,” he further said.
He, however, urged youths not to despise little beginnings.
“Part of my advice to youths is for them to realise that without pain there can never be gain. Comfort zone is enemy of progress.
“They should try to utilise their youthful age for meaningful ventures. They may fall but they will definitely learn series of lesson that will make their tomorrow better.
He itemised challenges in pond business to include indebtedness by customers.
“Bulk of our customers are middle class people, who are salary earners. They usually buy on credit while awaiting payment of salary. This is really affecting growth of businesses.
” There is also the problem of bad debtors. Some close associates like friends and relatives, church members will come and collect fish without paying. This also cause setback for businesses.
He added that lack of adequate water has also posed as great challenge to fish business.
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