So I was late for farm this morning and the vehicle left me behind
The farm transport is suppose to leave by 7:15 but usually give the grace of extra 15minute
But I got to the road later than 7:30 which means I have to find alternative means to farm
And then come the tractor heading towards the farm direction
Can I join you? I asked
The driver was surprise.
He sure was meeting me for the first time
Yes . I answered
You will pass my junction
I will drop on the way
Reluctantly. He agreed
So I climbed
And we move
And then looking back, someone has asked a bike man to come and pick me
They are scared I may not be able to ride the 4km journey on a tractor
That brought back memory from my Industrial Training as a geology student years back.
I was with the hydrogeology department of Upper Niger River Basin Development Authority in Minna, Niger State
The department has a big drilling rig that only has a sitting space for the driver.
Every other person join with the project vehicle
But one day, we were working at Gwagwalada in Abuja, Mr Agbo, the project head has gone for an emergency meeting with the project vehicle
So he called someone to make arrangement for my own transportation being the only female on the team
The other Guys are expected to hang on the rig from Gwagwalada to Gwarinpa
At the last minute, the arrangement he made could not hold. We finish at the Gwagwalada side but couldn’t move because of me
I will join you on the rig. I said
The guys were surprised
No way. Someone said
It’s risky. Another said
But you guys will be hanging there?
Yes. They said
With no alternative, I was allowed to hang on the rig
School children were stopping on the way to wave.
It was exciting
So how did Yinka get here?
Mr Agbo asked. When they told him the vehicle he arranged for was not available
You can imagine the surprise
Then some months later a male colleague was asked to take the rig to a location that they have previously been to.
What will take us there?
He couldn’t take them there despite he is the only one that knows the place and no alternative mobility
Did you actually travelled with the rig?
He ask me when we met in school
Black to Ago Amodu.
The bike man turned back after some time
I just laughed
These things come natural to me
It’s what I love doing