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FEMALE INSPECTOR DUMPS POLICE TO DRIVE COMMERCIAL BUS
« on: February 06, 2010, 09:04:47 AM »
Female inspector dumps police to drive commercial bus
By GILBERT EKEZIE
Saturday, February 06, 2010


Mama Danfo? behind the wheels

If you had not believed in the ?whatever a man can do, a woman can do even better? adage this story will change your notion. Commercial driver?s job in Lagos is not a tea party. In fact, the feeble hearted doesn?t touch it with even a long shaft.

So, the meaning is that it is not every man that is experienced in driving that can dare the Lagos mad traffic and opt to be behind the wheels all day as full time driver. But in this rowdy, enervating and crushing traffic where even men who have their cars are afraid to drive it everyday, there is a woman who has chosen commercial driving of the notorious danfo as career.

The super woman is even an Alhaja. Her name is Basirat Mojisola Martins, popularly known as Mama Danfo. She took the challenge to the tough men in their turf and made history as the first woman to stare the Lagos traffic in the face and take her stand to make a living the most hectic way.

Mama Danfo is an ex-police Inspector who hails from Isale Eko ? the main place In order to keep herself busy after retirement, she used her gratuity to purchase a danfo bus for commercial business. Aside the intimidations from men and other stress attached to commercial driving in Lagos, she strived to excel, applying the training she received from the police. Today, she is the NURTW chairperson of Oshodi motor park in Ajegunle. Interestingly, she finds pleasure in doing what is generally seen by many as men?s job.

?I am a retired police Inspector. I started transport work when I was younger, even before I joined the Police. In 1979, I used my small Suzuki Jeep to do kabu kabu around Lagos Island. After one year, police arrested me for driving without license and took me to Ijora Oloye, where the police traffic headquarters was located.

I was operating with only learner?s permit, which had already expired. So, the Police Traffic Officer that arrested me took me to one Supol Sola Ejemai and she interrogated me on why I was operating without a driver?s license. I felt guilty and pleaded that I did not know what to do, and she told me that I was supposed to go for the driver?s license immediately the learner?s permit expired. She directed me to the City Hall at Lagos Island Local Government licensing office, to obtain my license before my vehicle could be released. So, when I went to the place, I was tested and I passed. After that, I got the license?.
Having obtained the license, she returned to the police station and her vehicle was released.

Normally, one would think that she would not be happy with the way she was arrested and forced by the police to get a driving license, but the reverse was the case. ?When I got home that day, I was happy with the way the policewoman attended to me, each time I slept and woke, I continued thinking about that. At a stage, it occurred to me that I could also be like the woman Supol. I therefore, decided to join the police.

So, I went to the woman to let her know my intention and how she can assist me. The officer asked to know my qualification, and when I told her that I had School Certificate, she said that I was qualified. She further informed me that I would undergo six months training, before becoming a policewoman. But while she was telling me these, I was determined to do anything possible to be enlisted I told her that I want to be like you Ma. Having seen my determination, she gave me a note to another senior woman officer at the Police College.?

Luckily, she did not find it difficult, unlike what most interested applicants suffer today.
?When I gave the note to Supol Tijani, she took me to their documentation office and I was interviewed and screened. After that, I was given a date for an examination. Thereafter, I took the examination and passed, and that was how I enlisted into the Nigeria Police. I served at the Police Public Relations Office, Oduduwa Ikeja, in 1983, under Supol Alozie Ogbubuaja who was in charge. I also served at other areas, before I finally disengaged in 1996?, Mama Danfo stated.

Incidentally, the police work made her stop her kabu kabu business, but she bounced back in full force, immediately she retired. ?When I joined the police, I stopped my transport business. So, after retirement, I used my gratuity to buy a danfo. One day on my way to Bamgbose on Lagos Island to see my elder sister, as I got to Marine Beach, I saw many people there waiting for buses. It just occurred to me to pick the passengers. As I called out they rushed in, within some seconds, my vehicle got filled up and that was how I took them to CMS and collected my money.

I related my experience to my sister and told her that I would return to transport business. Although she encouraged me, she advised me to respect my self, if I want to be get back to it. She also advised me to be ready to turn myself to a man because, what I wanted to do was more or less a business commonly done by men and that I should apply both man and woman experiences into it. My sister prayed for God to be by my side. With her encouragement, I was really motivated and since that day, I took it more serious and started to carry passengers. That was how I became a danfo driver. And because I carry passengers, people began to call me Mama Danfo, she explained.

Being a woman danfo driver, she had some leverage. People appreciated her and she operated without hindrance and with much patronage . ?I was encouraged by many, everyone liked to patronize me. Initially, I did not ply a particular route. I went to CMS, Ikeja, Ojuelegba, Oshodi and Ajegunle, without hindrance. But one day, some officials of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) informed me that they do not allow people to ply several routes, and advised me to have a particular route I would be known for, and if anyone wants to see me, it would be easy to locate me. So, I changed my route to Boundary ? Alaba Suru route. The business has been ok?, she stated.

It is not easy for a woman to be a commercial bus driver, especially in a place like Lagos. In as much as she was appreciated, highly patronized and tolerated, she had a lot of challenges. ?You will agree with me that it is rare to see women in this field due to the fear of pressure from the passengers, Male drivers and law enforcement agents and other things attached to it. As I said, I used to do it with my kabu kabu in a small way before I joined the police, but it became more difficult, coping with my men counterparts.

They threatened me with their reckless driving, brushed my bus and did a lot of things to me. But at a stage, I summoned courage and decided not to be afraid of them, after all, the kind of training I got as police officer was enough to withstand pressure. So, when they saw that I was no more afraid of them, they stopped harassing me and that was how we became one and I was no more seen as a woman driver by the male drivers?, she said.

When she became more familiar with the system, she began to play important roles in the NURTW and that made her to get to the leadership level she occupies.
?My activities made me to be elected a NURTW member. Glory be to God, today, I am the chairperson of the Boundary ? Oshodi park in Ajegunle and I am doing well by God?s grace.?

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Re: FEMALE INSPECTOR DUMPS POLICE TO DRIVE COMMERCIAL BUS
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2010, 09:05:25 AM »
What a man can do, a woman can do it better.

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Re: FEMALE INSPECTOR DUMPS POLICE TO DRIVE COMMERCIAL BUS
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2010, 06:02:25 AM »
What a heart
i admire her bravado
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Re: FEMALE INSPECTOR DUMPS POLICE TO DRIVE COMMERCIAL BUS
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2010, 06:11:07 AM »
More better...
With the right people in business/study group great result comes easily.

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Re: FEMALE INSPECTOR DUMPS POLICE TO DRIVE COMMERCIAL BUS
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2010, 11:29:56 PM »
"Our daily bread" she is used to every day Payday.
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Re: FEMALE INSPECTOR DUMPS POLICE TO DRIVE COMMERCIAL BUS
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2010, 05:19:30 AM »
It makes some sense.
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Re: FEMALE INSPECTOR DUMPS POLICE TO DRIVE COMMERCIAL BUS
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2010, 02:11:11 AM »
think so
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Re: FEMALE INSPECTOR DUMPS POLICE TO DRIVE COMMERCIAL BUS
« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2010, 04:16:22 AM »
I love challenges, i'm impressed
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« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2011, 02:30:46 AM »
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Re: FEMALE INSPECTOR DUMPS POLICE TO DRIVE COMMERCIAL BUS
« Reply #9 on: February 18, 2011, 02:09:12 PM »
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Re: FEMALE INSPECTOR DUMPS POLICE TO DRIVE COMMERCIAL BUS
« Reply #10 on: May 25, 2011, 06:41:33 AM »
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Re: FEMALE INSPECTOR DUMPS POLICE TO DRIVE COMMERCIAL BUS
« Reply #11 on: May 30, 2011, 05:12:02 AM »
what type of challenge?
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Re: FEMALE INSPECTOR DUMPS POLICE TO DRIVE COMMERCIAL BUS
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