The harsh economy has generated a lot of reactions from various sectors and individuals. In this chat with ENCOMIUM Weekly, married men lament about the harsh economy and how they’ve been able to sustain their families.
YEKINI NOFIU (Businessman, 4 children)
It is only when the going is good that you can call yourself a man. With the situation of things in the country, responsibilities at home now requires collective effort, it’s like 50/50 or even 40/60. My wife carries more nowadays but we are managing and we thank God.
ADEYEYE (Fashion designer, 2 children)
Family sustenance has never been the duty of the husband alone, that is why the wife is there to give a helping hand. She is a helpmate. I’ve been able to sustain my family through this harsh economy with the help of my wife. She is very cooperative and understanding too.
OLAONIPEKUN SEYI (teacher, 2 children)
I don’t know if I should say the situation is worse with teachers, especially in private schools because parents are not paying school fees. And until they pay, we won’t get paid too. But in this kind of situation they only come with stories and there is nothing we can do. We are in the country together, we all know how things are and we just have to ear with them.
Sustaining my family has not be really easy but I thank God, He has been merciful.
I have not been financially buoyant for a while now. There has not been business out there and I’m owing a lot of debt which I’m not ashamed to say anywhere. I know I’m not the only one, everybody owes one debt or the other. The grace of God has kept us because it’s not by what we do anymore, it’s His grace.
OWOMOYELA SEGUN (technician, 3 children)
When one way is blocked, you find another means. When I saw the way things are going, I quickly found an alternative. I don’t want my children to suffer. It was my wife’s savings I collected to start engine oil business when I didn’t see any contract for close to two months now. I thank God the business is doing well.