By Glory Eyo
Passing through a Tertiary Institution might just be an avenue of being exposed to the versatility of human needs and interest so as to explore for a sustainable earning. Oto-Abasi Robert is a graduate of Electrical Electronics Engineering, Federal Polytechnic, Mubi, Adamawa State. Served as a youth Corp member and presently a staff in State College, Ikot Ekpene. This however, is not the issue that brought Oto-Abasi to the centre of attraction but his outstanding business argument, commitment and indeed openness when it comes to the sales of phones and accessories as well as serving as agent in one of the first generation banks in Nigeria as POS operator is the crux of pondering what gave Oto-Abasi the inspiration and enthusiasm.
Oto-Abasi, a Native of Ikpe Usung Ita in Obot Akara Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State started making his money as a teenager through the sale of kerosene as at Junior Secondary school. Though he never read business management, Oto has raised the bar of extra accessories along Aba Road, Ikot Ekpene local government area. Century Newsfront observed that his shop is one of the most patronized phone shops within Ikot Ekpene axis.
The search light on this young entrepreneur revealed the determined mindset to make a difference in his family and to crush financial dependency through kerosene business, recharge cards and the phone and accessories. Speaking to Century Newsfront, he emotionally narrated the story of his life, “my father was rich to an extent but was based in Port Harcourt, leaving us and our mother to embark on menial jobs to fend for our school fees and feeding”. In his quest for knowledge and financial freedom, he sought for and obtained admission into the Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic, Ikot Osurua and bagged his National Diploma due to his untiring and strong determination proceeded to Adamawa State Federal Polytechnic, Mubi and obtained his Higher National Diploma in Electrical/Electronic Engineering.
Oto today, is an employer of labour whose business commitment has put food on the tables of many and is responding positively to his family’s financial needs, carters for his four siblings as he anticipates to expand the frontier of his business and as well as affecting the nation’s economy positively. When confronted by Century Newsfront on the secret behind his rapid success he noted apart from God who is the source of everything, was his ardent determination, patience, humility, discipline and quest for independence, “when I was selling the recharge card along the road, I did not sell it like any other person; I attached a different approach and was devoted to my business. People used to tell me that I’m different and that I will be above my equal, I believed that but balanced it with hardwork and commitment”. Oto-Abasi, a Pastor said that his business does not becloud his service to God, but balanced both and achieve good success in life and ministry, “my business does not affect my ministry in any way, infact its even affect me positively and even when I will marry, I will strike a balance in my life”.
The young and brilliant motivational speaker used this medium to encourage young people and even young graduates of all fields to discover and put their God-given ability and embark on profitable venture instead of carrying files about in search of white collar work, “even if I the sum of 200,000 as salary, I cannot close down my business because I now have real freedom”. However, he stressed in real partnership with God as the only way of having good success and called on fellow young people to take God first in all their endeavours.