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Calabar female truck driver narrates how women abuse, mock her for doing her job

A truck driver with Transport Service Limited (TSL), Ms Peace Kefikebusa, has said that she ran into women, who abused and mocked her for being a truck driver.

Kefikebusa said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Wednesday in Calabar.

Noting that being a trailer driver had not been very easy for women due to some of the risks, she explained to NAN, how some women ask her derogative questions about her choice of job.

“Some women even blamed my parents for allowing me to become a truck driver, because according to them I just wanted to show off that I could also do what men could do.

“Even at some locations where I go to deliver goods, I have met women, who deliberately delayed me for seven to eight days without offloading their goods, and they will tell you “no be you say you wan do man work, when your mates dey husband house.”

“What many of them do not realise is that I love my job, and I love driving, it is a means of livelihood for me and a source of support for my family,” she said.

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Kefikebusa said that she resolved not to take their insults to heart, as she had equally met some very supportive and very nice women, who encouraged her and made her comfortable in the course of her job.

The passionate truck driver explained that she had also met supportive men as well as unsupportive ones, especially among her colleagues, who felt threatened that a woman was also driving a truck.

She, however, called on the Federal and State Governments to improve the security on the road and make the road infrastructure better for motorists.

She also advised young people especially women, to pursue their dreams with determination, irrespective of cultural stereotypes, and nothing would be impossible for them to achieve. (NAN)

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