Gov. Ayade used to be my client – Girl, 12, who sells newspaper to pay her school fees
Vicky, who said she started selling newspapers when she was 9 years old and in JSS 3 in WAPI, Cross River State, disclosed that she made on the average N500 and N600 proceeds daily from the venture.
She said her school runs two sessions and she attends the afternoon session, which affords her time to sell newspapers in the morning before leaving for school.
“Many prominent people live in this area, commissioners, House of Assembly members, judges, businessmen and even the present governor of our state before he became governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, used to buy papers from me,” she further said.
Vicky said she wakes up at 5.30 every morning and heads to Bassey Duke Street, the newspaper distribution point to collect the day’s papers and by 8.00 am, she was already at her stand.
What does she use the money for or does she hand it to her parents? “No,” the fair-skinned girl retorted, adding that she used the money to meet her needs in school and pay her fees, except when there was urgent need at home and her parents had no money, then she could help out.
Her words: “I use the money to meet my school needs, but sometimes, I help at home when my parents ask me to, may be they have no immediate cash at that time.” She said she was yet to decide if she would continue being a vendor after her education, but for now, the business was quite lucrative.