Read this inspiring story of a female Keke Napep driver in Bayelsa State (Photo)

Miss Adi Clement

Young girls have reportedly taken to riding commercial tricycles, popularly known as Keke Napep, to earn a living at Yenagoa, capital of Bayelsa State. Read story of Miss Adi Clement, a female Keke Napep driver, how she became one and how she copes with male counterparts/touts...
Following the high level of unemployment caused by the prevailing economic situation in the country, women had to settle for Keke Napepe driving.
According to vanguard, a woman, Miss Adi Clement who ironically, hails from same country home as the incumbent governor of the state, Hon. Seriake Dickson, said the government could not provide her a job, and instead of idling away, she decided to take the bull by the horns by venturing into the male-dominated vocation.

Coping with male counterparts/touts’ taunting, she hinted: “In this business, we know that touting or taunting is part of the whole thing, so we have come to accept it and see it as one of the hazards of the trade and we are coping well, we do not have problem with them. We are beginning to see it now as a normal thing.” Initial discrimination by passengers

Her words: “At first most people were afraid and concerned about their safety in the hands of a lady keke rider, so they were at first not comfortable and most times declined to board our keke. But gradually, a lot of people have come to the realization that we are as good, if not better than the men. Now, people patronize and prefer us to the men because we are more safety conscious. Some people even show appreciation by giving us mouth-watering tips. Advice to teeming unemployed “Our young people should stop waiting and depending on the government. Whatever you can do with your hands, try to do it. It takes courage and determination, and faith without works is dead. We should try self-reliance and entrepreneurship since government jobs are scarce and nonexistent these days.” 

Commuters stated that stated and emphasized that women were naturally more safety conscious and traffic rule-compliant than men. Madam Joyce Ifiemi, who hires the services of a lady Keke operator on a daily basis said: “The women are calmer; they do not overload or over speed and people, particularly market women, prefer them.”



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