The story of Muhammed Abubakar, a Nigerian man, proves that dreams do come true. Especially when you are willing to work hard and do not consider giving up as an option. He started working as an airplane cleaner about 24 years ago. This was not his first choice of employment. Before taking this job, he went to Kaduna to apply at Kaduna Polytechnic; unfortunately, he couldn’t send his application on time, and he wasn’t accepted. Unable to remain unemployed for a long time, he took a casual job as an aircraft cleaner at Kabo Air.
Nobody thought he would stay for long as his salary was very low. He only earned N200 per day, which is approximately $0,5. However, Abubakar was persistent and soon he was employed as ground staff at the airline in Maiduguri. He occupied almost all positions, proving himself to be disciplined and efficient. He says that being employed in this company helped him gain knowledge and experience in the aviation sector.
He had the opportunity to apply for a job as a crew member at Kabo Air. Giving a solid performance, he got the job.
He worked there for 8 months, for a salary of N17,000 per month. Afterward, he moved on to Aero Contractors as a flight attendant. His hard work did not go unnoticed. In fact, the Deputy Managing Director noticed him. His salary was now N170,000. He did not believe this; when he received his first paycheck, he tried to return the money.
Instead of spending his money recklessly, he decided to save up the money. He went to the managing director and told him about his dream of becoming a pilot. Loving this idea, the manager was quick to help him. Soon he was able to pay for his private pilot license in Canada. He successfully finished his training.
Upon his return to Nigeria, he found out that a commercial pilot license was also needed. But this time, he did not have the money. He did not lose hope. He talked with the deputy managing director; the company assisted him because of his loyalty. They sent him back to Canada for this license and sponsored his training.
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After 8 years of hard work at Aero Contracts, Abubakar finally became a captain at Azman Air.
His journey was not easy, but his pure determination and hard work made his dream come true.