I’m really pissed but I decided to pen this anyways. If you’ve been following this blog you’ll observe that I’ve encountered quite a number of disappointments while travelling.
Over time, I’ve been a victim of overspeeding, reckless driving and delays caused by either bad roads, weather or carelessness. I can vividly recall the day I was on a trip to Eko market, somewhere on Third Mainland Bridge one of the Danfo tires burst. It was scary and thrilling at the same time but that’s a story for another day.
I’ve experienced diverse transport systems in the country and it has been an amazing ride. Sincerely, Nigeria government needs to improve road conditions and enforce stiffer regulations for transportation workers, I got pulled over on a motorcycle by one.
My adventure started when I boarded an Okada (commercial motorcycle) somewhere in Ikorodu township. The journey was going smoothly when all of a sudden a tall dark man stopped us. He didn’t care that the motorcyclist had a passenger at the moment.
The man began talking with the Okada man (motorcyclist) and instructed me to alight the vehicle which I did without any struggle. From their discussion, I learnt he was a transport worker in charge of ticketing, he was inspecting random motorcyclists to identify those defaulting in payments and I was the victim.
After all said and done, the ticketer concluded that the ticket was fake. I wasn’t having any of this, it meant extra time and I immediately started exploring other options – Keke Napep, Taxi, BRT etc.
They went back and forth on the matter and more personnel got involved. Later, they discovered the ticket was original and there was no need for the confusion in the first place.
I was angry and raging at the same time. Angry that a callous ticketer wasted my time because he was totally ignorant of his job, he couldn’t spot the difference between an original and falsified ticket.
The rider apologised to me but the ticketer didn’t see any reason to do so. By his unrealistic standards, he was right, doing his job while of course jeopardizing the trip of an innocent traveller.
In Nigeria, especially Lagos state it’s not only touts or transport workers that delay commuters. The youth in most cases can be stopped unexpectedly by Feds. I’ve seen a guy forcefully dragged from a Keke Napep, another pulled up on Okada and many more. All of these are usually based on insinuations by Police or SARs officers that they are either cultists or internet fraudsters. In this part of the world, only appearance is required for a detention.
I was back on the bike and in my head I was raging with questions. Why did things have to be this way in the Nigerian public transit system? Why did he choose to jeopardize my trip? How can a human being be so inconsiderate? Did he care that I was expected somewhere? All of these burning questions remain unanswered today.
Time passed and I slowly uncovered that it’s the same for Danfo commuters, Agbero (touts) stall the buses all for some bucks. They never care for the passengers on board. Sometimes, their decisions can be totally endearing.
In spite of wasting almost a whole day, I arrived my destination in time. I alighted the Okada, paid the fare and was glad the whole episode finally came to an end.
You can slightly agree with me that the operation of transport networks across Nigeria is not satisfactory. Even for air!
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Please share in the comments section if you’ve had any annoying experiences while travelling across Nigeria.
Enjoy the rest of your day!