BIG BROTHER BAYELSA an indigenous furnishing company with a global approach to business located along the Mbiama -Yenagoa expressway within the Opolo axis of Yenagoa Metropolis is one company that readily comes to mind when one talks of quality, standard and durability of furniture.
Mr. Richard Bokiri the founder/CEO of the company in an exclusive media chats with our reporters recently at his Opolo office in Yenagoa, disclosed why Bayelsans should be self reliance and business oriented.
Bokiri who also doubles as the current chairman of the Indigenous Entrepreneurs of Bayelsa an exclusive business forum for Bayelsa indigenes while expressing his continuous willingness to provide creative and essential services to the public, regretted the huge set back cost by the pandemic to the business commmity and the impending effect that will show up in a few months from now if the economy is not properly stimulated.
He lamented the loss of patronage experienced by those in the furnishing industry ranging from sudden rise in the cost of materials for production, inability to access materials promptly and worst more low or zero patronage during the COVID-19 pandemic and enjoined the business commmity to learn from the situation and to always be financially creative as these are very uncertain times. ’The era for flamboyancy and wastage of funds for frivolity is over.’’ He stressed.
‘’I have always loved being creative and innovative. And this he said drove him into private sector to use creative ideas to provide services that will translate to his earnings, more so he had always loved being self reliance and independent he further disclosed that Passion, for what you do, determination and the Grace of God makes a man. Success is not a gift but you have to work very hard for it.
“Concerning the local content policy of the company[big brother Bayelsa the Furnishing czar said one of his biggest fulfillment as a son of the soil from Bayelsa state will be to transfer the knowledge and skills has gathered over the years to the next generation of young Bayelsa entrepreneurs,that has made the company to ensure that over 60 percent of its members of staff are from Bayelsa state, not just to work and earn salaries but to be groomed to take over the furnishing climes in the future.
“The company he noted has been involved in numerous training programs for pupils, the recently concluded one was facilitated by ITF [industrial training fund] a federal government Agency, more so locally here, we have a lot of pupils in our Apprentice scheme he continued, if we can unlock the inbuilt potentials within us and make maximum use of it to translate to quality services we wont be talking of unemployment, Joblessness in Bayelsa state because every one of us is endowered with unique and profitable potentials only if we can discover it and merge it with passion, determination and perseverance.”
Concerning the indigenous entrepreneurs of Bayelsa, the Elemebiri born business czar disclosed that it was expedient for the Bayelsa indigenes in the private sector to come under such a unifying association to synergize and forge a common grounds to access certain rights and privileges meant for them as business class.
He said the development of Bayelsa state is the responsibility of Bayelsans and not the other way round, he decried a situation where the business climes was being dominated by our brothers from other states so the indigenous group founded on the desire to strengthen the bayelsans in business under such a strong and befitting platform.
“Also looking at the level of contribution, the business class contribute to the state by way of taxes and other levies it cannot be compared to those in the civil service. We believe we are also qualified for largesse as applicable to the civil servants. The indigenous group has made few mile stones and more is on the pipeline. He also called on Bayelsa’s in business to avail themselves the opportunity of the benefits of the group by enlisting as members.”
Mr. Richard Bokiri appealed to Bayelsans who wish to go into business not to be afraid even though he said it is not easy but success is possible with passion, determination, discipline and above all the Grace of God,