By MUSA DISO
The Managing Director of Danfulani and Sons Company Kaduna, Alhaji Abdulrazaq Abdusalam, has called on the Kaduna State Government to encourage business men and women in the state, in order to boost their moral which will enable them expand and offer more employments to the jobless.
Speaking to newsmen in his Badarawa, Shagari Junction office in Kaduna last week, Abdusalam, a well known dealer in tri-cycle (Keke Napep) ventures, noted that many a business concerns have in recent times closed up due to lack of empowerment from government.
According to him, such a phenomenon is a dangerous trend in that it will breed idle minds, more especially youths who are vulnerable to all forms of hazards and criminality which will augur no good to themselves, their families, government and security in general.
He, therefore, appealed to the Kaduna Government, under the able leadership of His Excellency, Mallam Nasiru El-Rufai to emulate other state governments in the country that empower their business communities with either interest – free or soft loans, purchase of products which they invest in or sending youths to them for training who on the long run would be self – reliant without depending on the government.
He said as at now, his company has leased out about 600 Keke Napep Tricycles to youths on hire purchase at undisclosed amount which they paid back on instalment basis, pointing out that they have good business rapport with his clients who are up to date in their daily or weekly returns with the exception of a few cases of non-fulfilment of
their agreed obligations.
However, he added, such incidents, which he says are unforeseen challenges, have never tempted them to send any affected clients or engage them in law suits but more often than not, the company slams a “temporary seizure” of the vehicle of such erring client as a detriment to other would-be careless ones.
Danfulani who said he has achieved a lot in the KEKE NAPEP
business, pointed out that upholding the truth over the years has been the major yardstick for his success, especially in uplifting many youths who today are owners of their own ventures with many having their workshops offering jobs to others, adding that, he assists no less than 1,000 less privileged daily in cash and kind.
The Kano state born businessman, disclosed that he was in Lebanon with a Lebanese mentor who took him there where he spent about three years working with him in his real estate venture before he (Danfulani) returning to
Nigeria and after a brief moment in Bauchi, he left for Kano and later Kaduna Where he has been conducting his Keke Napep ventures ever since.
He doff his cap on governor El-Rufai for executing various projects – viable ones – throughout Kaduna State including the establishing of the well-known KASTELEA which controls and maintains traffic congestion and road hazards in the state.
Abdulsalam disclosed further that the Indian Keke Napep makers, BAJAJ visited his company in 2016 and awarded him an Honorary award for being one of their Nigerian’s customer after training some of his clients adding that the following year in 2017, they also revisited and also gave him another merit award. “I am ever grateful to him”, he
In another development, the chairman of Albayan Trading Company Nigeria Ltd., Alh. Shehu Idris, whose company also runs Keke Napep business in Kaduna has called on all his registered clients to always observe rules and regulations guiding the operations of the vehicles they work with and maintain them properly.
He made the call while interacting with African Monitor in Kaduna last week, stressing that the major problem confronting them is when some Keke Napep go all out of their way to break traffic regulations and warns such involved to desist or face the wrath of the company.
He however, said that they always conduct very useful orientation and workshops for their clients who number about 360 within Kaduna Metropolis for their benefit pointing out that many have benefitted with such programmes and are now overseeing their own sole Napep Ventures.
Also commenting, the operating officer of the company, Alhaji Alasan Umar, like his counterparts, appealed to the authorities in the state, notably the Kaduna State government, to provide empowerment largesse to ventures in the state as its been done elsewhere.
This, he said, would encourage them to expand their businesses and employ more hands and also generate more revenue and taxes for the government.