Kano – Scores of youths in Kano have now resorted to manual car washing to survive the current economic crunch.
Both in the city centre and Sabon-Gari, hitherto unemployed young men are forming themselves into small groups to wash cars for a fee. The car washers, many of whom are secondary school leavers, charge between N200 and N500 per vehicle, depending on the size of the vehicle and volume of the service.
Some of them said that they took to the menial job because they could not further their education, â€œand we have to earn a living to survive these hard times as young menâ€.
Abubakar Malami, said he resorted to the trade because he could not obtain sufficient grades from his school certificate examination. He said he was hopeful of earning enough money to register for the GCE as a private candidate.
â€œMy parents are poor people and cannot provide for me, so I have to do this job in order to make some money to cater for myself and my parents,â€ Malami said.
Another car washer, Usaini Rabiâ€™u, said â€œI can tell you that I have no regret doing this job, because it fetches me enough money to take care of myself.â€Rabiâ€™u disclosed that he was getting an average of N1, 500 per day, which he said had been sustaining him so far, pointing out that at his level, no salaried job could fetch him that much in present- day Nigeria.â€