From the last episode…
I wish I came here with a book or something, because being tired of waiting did not allow my stomach see road clearly as to whether it was hunger or anxiety.
After waiting and waiting, at about 1:15pm, a fair, tall and huge looking man walked in with files with a dark, tall and skinny man following him with a black bag.
I literally whispered “Hallelujah ooo” to myself (9:00am-1:15pm), this has to be my employer.
“Good afternoon sir,” I said as I stood up to greet him.
“Good afternoon, Ajuwaya, how are you doing?” “I’m very well, thank you sir,” I replied. “I’m sorry I kept you waiting, I was out on the field it’s part of our work here and that’s why there’s no one around either,” he explained.
This perfectly explained why the old man said the office can be empty for a week.
“What’s your name? Where are you from? Where do you stay?” he asked as he stretched his right hand to collect my posting letter.
“My name is Ayobami Odekunle, I’m from Kwara State but I live in Lagos,” I replied his questions just about the way he asked.
He briefed me about the Agency before signing the letter.
“Nno (this means welcome in Igbo), my name is Mr. Chukwudi, this is Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria. Here, our basic mandate is to train micro, small and medium business owners, we organise seminars and programmes they can benefit from; linking MSMEs to sources of finance and skills. We serve as their voice among other things, to ensure their growth and development.
“Like I mentioned earlier, we are sometimes out on the field (in different places) conducting trainings and follow-ups. I can see that you studied Agric-Econs and I believe you know that the country is slowly returning to that sector.
“Here we accept one corps member annually, you would be assisting myself and other staff here then also attend to our clients when they come. We pay our corps member a token monthly but we don’t have provision for accommodation.
“So that’s basically all for now,” he added before picking his pen to sign the acceptance space on the form.
After asking him a few questions, I told him that I’ll be needing time (2 weeks) to sort accommodation, and also travel home to get my things.
He replied saying: “Alright, you can have 3 weeks so you resume on the 1st of March, be careful with accommodation and ensure the house isn’t far and has water.”
Mr. Chukwudi explained a few other things and as soon as I was done with him, I made him goodbye and he offered to drop me at the Local government.
“Holyspirit shey this is how this my oga will be nice, because me I like it o,” I thought to myself as he drove out of the compound.