It was quite an unusual scenario in the afternoon of Tuesday, September 28, when I saw a trycycle with the 'Learner' sign in front of it with the rider of the tricycle popularly known as Keke carrying full passengers comprising three persons at the back and one in front.
I was under the Molete Bridge attempting to cross to the other side so as to get a commercial motorcycle that would take me to where I work in the Oke Ado area of the city when I saw the tricycle with the rider who just picked his last passenger and was heading towards Oja Oba area of the city.
What caught my attention immediately was the 'L' sign boldly written on the front of the tricycle. The sign means that the rider is still a 'Learner' who needs to have some experienced riders to accompany him, according to the highway rules and regulations for learner drivers.
However, it seemed the desperation and struggle for survival did not allow the rider to follow the rules and regulations as he was busy calling passengers and after he had got the last person, he zoomed off towards the Oja Oba area of the city.
It seemed also that the passengers were not bothered about the danger their decision to enter a tricycle that was being driven by a 'learner' as all that was in their mind was to reach their destination and for the rider to get more passengers back to Molete.
The yellow tricycle, which was being driven by a young man, had in its front the "Learner" sign and was also adorned with the various photographs of a popular musician, Pasuma, ostensibly his music idol, while the man was playing one of the compact discs of the musician in his tricycle.
There is no doubt that though the tricycle adorned with 'L' sign being driven by a 'Learner' is quite hilarious. However, the situation poses a serious danger to other road users as a person who is learning how to ride a tricycle was allowed to pick passengers and take them to their various destinations.
It is no doubt an accident waiting to happen if care is not taken and one wonders how he was able to pass through various police checkpoints and Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) points that adorn the stretch of the road.
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