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Caterer says feeding children is her greatest worry

by Chinwe Agbeze

November 23, 2017 | 1:38 am
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Name: Joy Okwuchi

State of Origin: Delta

Age: 36 years

Dependants: Four children

Business: Caterer

I am a caterer. I am also into decorations but business has been poor. The last catering contract I got was in December, 2016.

I supplying snacks to Foresight primary and secondary school in Festac, St Jude primary and secondary school in Festac and Margret secondary school, opposite Ojo barracks but before long, the schools employed a caterer to cook for the students and the bill added in their school fees. Now, the students are no longer buying snacks because their lunch is taken care of. My husband is into interior decorations but he has not been getting jobs.

To feed my children now is a big problem. I rely on leftovers from restaurants to feed my children and it’s only in the evening when they have closed business for the day.

House rent: My rent expired five months ago and my landlord sent us packing without giving us quit notice because we did not pay for agents and agreement fees before moving into the house. We could not afford to pay our annual rent for one bedroom flat which is N130,000. Presently, I and my children are squatting with a friend while my husband is staying with his friend at Agbara.

School fees: I have not paid my children’s school fees since January this year.  The fees of my first child in basic five at Nation builders primary school in Agbara is N28,000, the one in basic three is N26,000 and the fees of my children in basic two is N18,000 but I cannot afford to pay their schools. My children are at home pending the time I’m able to pay their school fees.

Challenge: The main challenge I have now is how to feed my children. They have to wait till in the evenings when the restaurants have closed for the day to eat. I also want to start a foodstuff business because the catering and decoration business has been unfruitful.

Chinwe Agbeze

If you want to contact the writer of this story call: +234(0) 803 889 1567, +234(0) 8155184838

by Chinwe Agbeze

November 23, 2017 | 1:38 am
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