What a month? What a time to be in business in Nigeria? Tough, challenging, trying, threatening and troubling time it is indeed. We salute the courage of as many of you out there still trudging on in spite of the odds and uninspiring uniqueness of our business environment. Be encouraged however by the fact that this too shall pass. We have walked and dared the precipice many more time than I can remember and we have always bounced back stronger. This time too will not be an exception, God helping all of us.

This week on haulage report, we turn our searchlight on alcohol and substance abuse all within the context of haulage business. We looked at it from various perspectives. We trust you will find one or two things to gain that will add immeasurable value to your business.

Chief Anyaegbu, the indefatigable Chisco Boss has some words that pack a whole lot of motivational punch. If he has successfully done it for more than 30 years in an age and in a country where legacy ideals are very much in short supply, I think we all can too, if not better.

NAMA boss has also been talking. If you are in business and you move from one place to the other across geographical divide, you will be interested in what he has to say because ultimately his job and how he does it affects us all.

Conoil is also strengthening its downstream operations especially with respect to aviation supplies. Read more to learn how.

Thanks for keeping the faith. We wish you a highly rewarding trucking month.

This Month in Haulage Report Now

Flightline BowsersCONOIL ACQUIRES AIRCRAFT FUELLERS TO BOOST OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY: “…The company said in a statement that the new bowsers have combined storage capacity of 62,000 liters and the ability to refuel aircraft at 1,500 liters per minute…With the acquisition of the bowsers, the company said its Jet A1 fueling capacity to local and international airlines has increased by 100 percent from 10 million liters to 20 million liters per month…”

Chisco StoryTRANSPORT BUSINESS IN NIGERIA REQUIRES 100% ATTENTION—Chisco Boss: “…Transport business in Nigeria is very difficult and, therefore, requires 100% attention. You have to leave everything to face it. Second, you have to decide the type of vehicle to use given the peculiar nature of our roads. Nigerians are used to certain types of vehicles. Three, you need to train your drivers very well. You need to decide the route you want to ply. You may decide to develop a route. Five, you have to look for committed and passionate people. Then you leave the rest to God….”

Alcohol and Trucking15THE LINK BETWEEN ALCOHOL, SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND ACCIDENTAL INJURY OR DEATH IN HAULAGE: “…Kayode Olagunju, a Corps Commander with the Federal Road Safety Commission revealed that between 2007and June 2010, a total of 4,017 tanker/trailer crashes were recorded on Nigerian roads, with a yearly average of 1,148 crashes, monthly average of 96 crashes and a total of 4,076 persons killed in such crashes involving tankers and trailers. From 2011 till date, the trend has not changed much…”

Alcohol and Trucking8HOW SUBSTANCE AND ALCOHOL ABUSE AFFECT TRUCK DRIVING: “…Once swallowed, alcohol enters the stomach and small intestine, where small blood vessels carry it to the bloodstream. Approximately 20% of alcohol is absorbed through the stomach out of which about 5% immediately goes to the blood stream through throat/mouth linings. The remaining 80% is absorbed through the small intestine…Alcohol is metabolized by the liver, where enzymes break down the alcohol. Understanding the rate of metabolism is critical…”

Alcohol and Trucking12ALTERNATIVE ALCOHOL OR NON-COMMERCIAL ALCOHOL USE AMONG TRAILER/TANKER DRIVERS: “…Many studies have shown that a significant number of truck drivers take concoctions, although many would feign ignorance that they do not know if the concoctions contain alcohol. Meanwhile many of them still take commercial alcohol concurrently. The most commonly used non-commercial alcohol or concoctions include Agbo-jedi, paraga, agbo iba and opaeyin…”

Alcohol and Trucking1SOME TRENDS ASSOCIATED WITH DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSE AMONG TRUCK DRIVERS: “…A UNAIDS Report of 2007 indeed established known association between increased high risk sexual behaviour and psychoactive substance use. This might be because current alcohol users tend to socialize more, possibly go out more with peers and therefore are more likely to be exposed to other aspects of outdoor social life which most times include friendship and relationship with the opposite sex. It is not uncommon hearing of some truck drivers having sex partners at most or every truck stop…”

Alcohol and Trucking13CHECKMATING A GROWING MENACE: ALCOHOL, DRUG ABUSE AND TRUCK DRIVING: “…First, there is no legal basis for determining the legal limits of blood alcohol concentration (BAC) in the Nigerian Traffic laws (Welcome and Perez 2010). And if peradventure it is hidden somewhere in our laws and it eluded the study, one is yet to come across a commercial passenger or trailer/tanker driver that knows what BAC is all about. We can also categorically state that we have never come across any traffic or law enforcement officer administering the sobriety test on any commercial driver…”

Alcohol and TruckingALCOHOL, SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND HAULAGE: WAY FORWARD: “…tanker drivers use psychoactive substances during stop over with the most commonly used drug being alcohol. The use of non-commercial alcohol is quite prevalent…at the motor parks and just before leaving home. There is a need for more concerted education on the dangers of alcohol and other drugs to be specifically targeted at trailer-tanker drivers in Nigeria…However, bad driving on the part of the truck driver is in itself a clear and present danger to passenger transportation. Fixing this unhealthy skewness in drunk-driving sensitization…”

NAMA“NAMA IS NOT OVERSTAFFED…” – Abdulsalam Part 1: “…These airlines are Nigerian carriers and they are a part of the system. The people really affected are not the ones that had problem .Nobody flies on credit, you have to pay for the ticket. If we ground the airlines, people will be affected. At the end of the day those that will have the problem are the major users of airlines’ services. They are the people that are badly affected because some people might have planned their trip for the next one month and then you hold them back because the airline is not flying. This will affect business in the country. If we could work things out amicably, it would go a long way to solve the problem…”

NAMA1“NAMA IS NOT OVERSTAFFED…” – Abdulsalam Part 2: “…We can take charge of our resources, activities and continue to run our operations but what we need to do is to be able to plan and prioritize. And even for us we know we are getting to that point. Before the price of oil even dropped we were already looking ahead to when the government would say “go and be on your own.” To be honest, most of these projects we are getting money from government are projects awarded in 2005, 2009, and 2010. These are the ones we want to close…”

Fuel ScarcityWHY FUEL SCARCITY MAY LINGER FAR BEYOND THE MAY 29TH HANDOVER DATE: “…now the Major Marketers under the aegis of The Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN) through its Executive Secretary, Obafemi Olawore have come out to state that the ‘acclaimed’ NNPC’s stock of 1.2 billion litres, equivalent to about 300 imported vessels is probably a figment of someone’s crude imagination….In fact, NNPC has been challenged to disclose where the stock of 1.2 billion litres is stored…”

Lastma5LAGOS STATE GOVT SANCTIONS 25 ERRING LASTMA OFFICIALS. NEW OPERATIONAL VEHICLES COMING FOR LASTMA SOON: “…Pedro said government would no longer tolerate unruly behaviour, indiscipline, corrupt practices and disobedience to lawful orders by the traffic officers, charging them to henceforth desist from practices that could damage the reputation of the government…According to him, the era of indiscipline and impunity in the agency is over. He warned that henceforth, any officer found wanting will not go unpunished…”

Energy Crisis1DIESEL PRICE IN NIGERIA: DEFYING THE FORCE OF GRAVITY – PART ONE: “…Nigerians are now in fact paying more money than Americans and Britons in real terms for diesel, a bye-product of the crude oil for which Nigeria is Africa’s leading producer and the 6th largest in the world. Currently, the daily average consumption of diesel or Automotive Gas oil as it is technical called is put at between 12,000,000 -15,000,000 Liters…”


Diesel Price remain HighDIESEL PRICE IN NIGERIA: DEFYING THE FORCE OF GRAVITY – PART TWO: “…Deregulation will be meaningless if some dominant players sitting over champagne glasses can agree a minimum price with no correlation to global or even local market realities and trends. The prospects of innovation, customer appeal and expanded options that are the drivers of the deregulation advocacy have become stillborn, with the resultant effect that Nigerians are left the worse for wear. The operators also lose in the present dispensation with the market becoming an open sesame for all comers bereft of skills, expertise and uniqueness…”


Apapa Traffic3COUNTING THE EXTREME COSTS OF APAPA GRIDLOCK: FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GETS A 30-DAY ULTIMATUM: “…We want Buhari, as soon as he’s sworn-in, to work with the Navy, the Lagos State government, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and other relevant stakeholders to establish a formidable task force to address the issue. Nigerians don’t like dialogue. At times it is when you use the horsewhip that people fall in line. This problem started in the Obasanjo administration where approvals were recklessly made for the building of tank farms around the seaport…”


Dangote TruckN500,000.00 REWARD ADVERTORIAL AND ITS AFTERMATH: DANGOTE TRANSPORT WORKERS CRY OUT!: “…The ‘illegal haulage alert’ published in some national dailies has created a lot of problems for us (drivers) because both the police and all manner of persons now stop us on the roads demanding to search the trucks for ‘illegal’ products since everybody wants to be rewarded with N500,000,” another driver who also pleaded anonymity said…”


Apapa GridlockOSHODI-APAPA EXPRESSWAY GRIDLOCK: LAGOS GIVES TANKER/TRUCK DRIVERS 48 HOURS TO RELOCATE: “…Any tanker that did not comply will be impounded, fined and would not be released until such fines had been paid,” he said. The commissioner decried the untold hardship residents of Apapa were subjected to on daily basis as a result of the blockage of the expressway by tankers…”


Eagle HaulageHAULAGE BUSINESS IN NIGERIA: A POORLY REGULATED INDUSTRY: “…The thing is that most people that make up these unions are not themselves operators in the true sense of the word and so they are not receiving the pains as it were. I also want to heap part of the blames on the owner-operators themselves. This sounds self-indicting, but I must admit that the exposure among many of us as far as the business is concerned is still very low…”



CEO Transnational HaulageBANKS RARELY FUND HAULAGE COMPANIES IN NIGERIA: “…Nigerian banks are reluctant to give out facilities to haulage companies because they think it is a high risk business and it is so. They rather fund a merchant that would quickly sell and return their money as against someone who wants to buy a truck and would run it for five years. The main reason why the banks have become reluctant is because the principal, that is the company to which the trucks are dedicated to, could start misbehaving in terms of not giving the transporters the required volume needed to sustain the business…”


Lagos TaxiLAGOS TAXI MARKET IS WORTH BILLIONS, AS STATE GOVERNMENT UNVEILS NEW SCHEME: “…He explained that the new system would enable taxi operators create wealth; build well-regulated operational environment and provide insurance coverage for both commuters and operators. He said the system had helped the state build a robust database for all taxi operators in the state, thereby putting the total number of 12,617 taxi drivers and 10,882 taxi cabs currently operating legitimately in the state…”


International Trucking Titbits

Truck AccidentPRICE OF NEGLIGENCE: FIRM TO PAY £20,000 AFTER WORKER HIT BY TRACTOR ON SITE: “…The accident could have been prevented if the company had taken simple steps to keep pedestrians and vehicles apart in the yard, as they did after the accident.” The Haulage (Holdings) Organisation Limited of Swalesmoor Farm, Halifax, West Yorkshire, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 33 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc and was fined £20,000, with costs of £1,878.50…”

Trucking RevenueSETTING A RECORD-BREAKING PACE: TRUCKING IN AMERICA TOPS $700 BILLION IN REVENUE FOR FIRST TIME: “…Last year we saw freight volumes grow significantly,” said Bob Costello, ATA chief economist. “Increases in freight combined with continued tight capacity helped drive revenues and coupled with lower fuel prices we saw motor carriers go on a buying spree for new trucks as they replaced older equipment…”

Last Month in Haulage Report Now

truck healthTRUCKS’ HEALTH: YEAR-END CONCERNS FOR HAULAGE BUSINESS: “…Loading operations are generally light during the yuletide and thus present an opportunity to ground trucks for repairs and preventative assessment without the added burden of service failure or lost business…That persistent funny sound you have been hoping will disappear with the passage of time- think it’s time you have it properly checked out…” Read More.

Drivers End of YearTRUCK DRIVERS: YEAR-END CONCERNS FOR HAULAGE BUSINESS: “…Many believe that training truck drivers is none other than a clear waste of scarce resources. Some even believe that Truck Drivers are untrainable!…However, for those that still value their undoubtedly most important asset enough to want to invest in them, a time like this is perhaps the best time to arrange some form of training for the truck drivers…” Read More.

Diesel & TruckingFUEL MATTERS: YEAR-END CONCERNS FOR HAULAGE BUSINESS: “…How many rotors did you lose during the year? How many times did you have your fuel injector pump serviced or outrightly replaced? Did you lose any turbo charger or a number of them during the year? Affirmative answer to any of the above is a sure signal to take…” Read More.

Insurance and Tracking ServicesINSURANCE AND TRACKING: YEAR-END CONCERNS FOR HAULAGE BUSINESS: “…How responsive was your insurance company during the year? What about claims payment- how much of what you deserve to get was knocked off on the basis of some independent assessor’s re-computation and extant clauses? What was the response time to claims payment? How many accidents did you record during the year or maybe you had an accident-free year? To what extent have you depreciated your assets?…” Read More.

Routing and EmblemROUTING & DOCUMENTATION: YEAR-END CONCERNS FOR HAULAGE BUSINESS: “…So most of your trucks did long haul in the outgoing year? Good. But what was the turnaround time like? What feedback did you get matching repairs history for each truck against the choice of routes? Any repeated cases of misdemeanour or wrongful behaviour associated with any particular route? Multiple taxation or duplicated levies remains a clear and present threat to road transport efficiency in Nigeria and…”  Read More.

Haulage Contract FMCGCOUNTERPARTY CONTRACT & TREASURY MANAGEMENT: YEAR-END CONCERNS FOR HAULAGE BUSINESS: “…You may want to review how well you have delivered on your obligations. Where some shortcomings are observed, you may want to strategize on ways and means of ensuring that they are improved upon in the incoming year…Aside leaving the monies in the bank probably to service maturing loan obligations and offsetting operational costs, what else can you do…? Read More

Health and TrainingHMO & TRAINING: YEAR-END CONCERNS FOR HAULAGE BUSINESS: “…Were these arrangements really beneficial to the people for whom the idea was conceived? How many were able to successfully access the benefits of the HMO? Do they get quality treatment as and when required?..Aside from competences picked up on the job, systematic training is required for every staff to enable them smoothly upgrade…” Read More

Healthy trucker. FatigueFATIGUE AND TRUCK DRIVING: “….In view of the prevailing traffic regulation in some parts of the country that forbids trailer traffic during the day, making the trip that same night was within regulation.  He left the loading bay and hit the highway. Estimated distance to and fro is put at 110kilometers. He had not driven for more than 30 minutes when the accident occurred. He veered off completely from the highway and ran straight into another truck parked on the road shoulder. His own truck was a complete write-off…”

Healthy trucker. StressSTRESS AND TRUCK DRIVING: “…Ordinarily, this was not a trip he would have loved to take. He was in a state of anger borne out of frustration. He had just been notified of a debit against his salary for shortages recorded in earlier trips. It came as a surprise to him since he wasn’t aware of any shortage recorded in the trips he had made so far. He was under severe financial pressure; house rent was due and children will be resuming school soon. This was definitely a debit wrongly timed…”

Alcohol & the BrainThings you DON’T want to know about ALCOHOL: “…Ask any truck driver why he takes alcohol, and he will probably tell you that he drinks to stay awake for the journey; steel himself against the not-so-pleasant and sometimes dangerous operating environment of trucking; or simply to “drown the associated sorrows” of a life riddled with unfulfilled dreams or other major life stress…”



Healthy trucker. WorkLifeTRUCK DRIVER AND WORK-LIFE BALANCE: “…The Truck Driver just like every other professional must strike a healthy balance between work and life generally. It is when an unhealthy relationship exists in these two fundamental areas that a whole lot of issues bothering on wellbeing, output, attitude and behavioural complications develop…”



Health Matters1TRUCKING AND HEALTH MATTERS: “…Trucking is one of the most physically and psychologically demanding jobs in the world. Truck drivers spend up to 13 hours a day driving, and up to 16 hours a day engaged in various duties (including driving time) such as fueling, waiting for way bills, filling out POD (Proof of Delivery) forms, obtaining routine vehicle repairs and conducting mandatory vehicle inspections…”

Haulage Contract FMCGTips to getting that BIG Haulage Contract: A haulage contract with a fast moving consumer goods company (FMCG), if properly managed, guarantees a steady stream of revenue, considerable vehicle/driver utilisation and good return on investment.


Diesel & TruckingDIESEL AND TRUCKING: “…..Improving the mileage of trucks in Nigeria is a complex issue…we discovered that new heavy duty trucks with a carrying capacity between 30 and 40tonnes give a mileage of 2.0 to 2.5km/litre and medium sized trucks with carrying capacity of 10-25tonnes give a mileage of 3.0-3.5km/litre. But with the age of most trucks on Nigerian roads between 5 and 15years, the mileage for trucks reduces further to 1.5 to 2.0 km/litre. Contrast this to countries like the UK and US where the mileage of most long haul trucks is estimated to be in the region of 3.5-4.0km/litre!….”.

Truck Mileage4FUEL ECONOMY: IMPACT OF VEHICLE SELECTION AND TYRE ROLLING RESISTANCE:- “…Smart trucking demands that fuel economy consideration feature prominently in the selection of your trucking or haulage assets…Simply put, you burn fuel to make horsepower, and you use horsepower to overcome all of the forces that are trying to retard or hold back the truck. So, a truck that rolls down the road with minimum drag will use less horsepower and consume less fuel…”

Fuel EconomyFUEL ECONOMY (PART TWO): THE EFFECTIVE DRIVING BEHAVIOUR & OTHER FACTORS:“..The following is a short list of behaviors exhibited by those drivers that consistently obtain good fuel economy. Studies have shown that a consistently efficient driver can achieve 30% or more fuel economy than an inefficient driver. Simple behaviors, like coasting to a stop instead of staying on the accelerator until the last minute and then braking hard, add up to significant fuel savings after thousands of kilometers…”

Diesel ContaminationWHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DIESEL CONTAMINATION: “…A couple of months ago, a notable haulage operator shared a sad experience on diesel fuel contamination with us. Mid 2012, six units of less than a year old 30tonnes truck-trailer were dispatched to haul products for a contract client. Trucks were loaded and fueled at client’s fuel dump. Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT) was the destination for all trucks…”

Diesel AdulterationRICE & BEANS’ PHENOMENON IN DIESEL CONTAMINATION: “…As a first step, kerosene and diesel are procured at depots with tankers. An average tanker’s calibrated content is between 30,000-33,000 litres. They are then transported to the ‘illegal refinery’ where the mixture takes place directly into an empty tanker as the case may be. End products are classified into Grades 1, 2 and 3 and the profit margin graduates accordingly with Grade 1 being the costliest while grade three entails the least production cost but attracts the highest gain…”

Diesel DumpFUELING OPTIONS FOR TRUCKERS: “…Whether you run a large fleet or a modest one, there is a fueling option that works better for you. Except in a worst case scenario as you would find in a ‘force majeure’, there is absolutely no justification for why an up and doing fleet manager should fail in ensuring his trucks are adequately fueled and ready to go all of the time…”

Self Driving TruckTHE AGE OF INTELLIGENT DRIVERLESS TRUCK BECKONS: “..We’ve had intelligent unmanned cars, planes, carriages, shuttles and what have you. But not so much about Intelligent trucks until probably now! The line between reality and science fiction is about to shrink further as the age of autopilot intelligent trucks creeps in much closer than ever…”


telematics6DEPLOYING FLEET MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS: NIGERIAN BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT IN PERSPECTIVE (PART ONE): “…In Nigeria, a huge gap still exist in the provision of professional and flexible fleet management solution, stolen vehicle recovery and appropriate response to stickup operations by armed felons. A logistic company with its eyes set on achieving the objective of increased revenues and productivity will no doubt see the wisdom in embracing the implementation of fleet management technology that drastically reduces fleet expenditure, enhances fuel management, improve transit time, ….”

Fleet Management System Vs Vehicle Tracking SystemFLEET MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS AND VEHICLE TRACKING SYSTEM: ANY DIFFERENCE?: “..There are already lots of fleet management solutions in the market and in fact, most of the companies with big trucks do have the tracking devices installed and are able to track the locations of their vehicles. The sad reality is that most of the solutions marketed as “fleet management systems” are actually vehicle tracking systems with a little bit of added functionality in them…”

Past Issues in Haulage Report Now

Parking Lot crashes3PARKING LOT & BACKING COLLISIONS (PART ONE): MUCH MORE THAN YOU THINK! – “….A couple of years back, somewhere within the Apapa axis of Lagos, a petroleum tanker while being backed up to properly position for a loading operation at a major petroleum tank farm knocked out a couple of loading apparatus. There was a spark and then a conflagration. The resultant destruction of lives and properties was monumental….”


When securement fail..

When securement fail..

SECUREMENT OF CARGO 1: Facts About Cargo Securement: “…These are very few in the depressingly high number of fatalities that have been traced to improperly latched or restrained cargoes falling off trucks. In fact, a conservative estimate have it that an average of 20 containers fall off trucks on a monthly basis in Lagos…”


cargo securement14SECUREMENT OF CARGO 2: Principle of Cargo Securement: “…This principle states that Cargo being transported on the highway must remain secured on or within the transporting vehicle under all conditions that could reasonably be expected to occur in normal driving and also when a driver is responding in all emergency situations, EXCEPT when there is a crash..”


FRSC RSRTTFRSC’S RSRTT POLICY GUIDELINES/REQUIREMENTS (PART ONE): “…Not too long ago, 1st of July 2010 to be specific, a comprehensive guideline and requirements for the registration and safe operation of articulated trucks (including tanker and trailers) was rolled out by the Federal Road Safety Corps of Nigeria….not a few were completely unaware of any policy in that mold.  And yet it has been business as usual for many haulage practitioners..”.

Safely Secured Container

Safely Secured Container

INTERMODAL CONTAINERS; THE SECUREMENT PROCEDURE: “…Secure each intermodal container to the container chassis with securement or integral locking devices that cannot accidentally become unfastened. Integral locking devices do not have to be adjustable. If necessary, secondary attachments can be used to ensure that latches remain fastened in transit..”.


End-result of poorly loaded Cargo

End-result of poorly loaded Cargo

STRATEGIES FOR SAFELY TRANSPORTING CARGO (PART ONE): “…Leaning heavily on the Best Standard Practices for transporting cargo as it obtains in many advanced countries of Europe and States of America where the fear of the law is the beginning of wisdom and where impunity and gross disregard for safety standards have been committed to the dustbin of history…”.

Weighbridge4WEIGHBRIDGES: FUNCTIONALITY AND ACCURACY (PART ONE): The cement delivery to the firm usually comes in 30ton (approximate) bulk cement tankers. The findings they made in the first week of operation of the new team were shocking to say the least. In a random check of about five (5) bulk cement tankers waiting in line to weigh-in to make deliveries, the following astonishing discoveries were made….


Weighbridge3WEIGHBRIDGES: FUNCTIONALITY AND ACCURACY (PART TWO): Whether weight, or volume calculated from a weight measure, is used as a basis for payment, the accuracy and integrity of a weighing system is critical to both the buyer and seller. If the weighbridge system records payload weights that are too high, the buyer will be paying for products that he/she is not receiving.

Sharing road with truck1REASONS WHY HUGE TRUCKS ‘BEHAVE’ DIFFERENTLY FROM YOUR CAR: We read and see on television news of horrendous truck crashes where the truck’s brakes failed or its overloaded cargo shifted, or the driver was texting or fell asleep. But many studies have shown that trucks and truck drivers are not always at fault.Cutting off a truck is a sure recipe for disaster. Even if you think your car can “stop on a dime,” a fully-loaded tractor trailer or semi-truck takes almost the length of two football fields to come to a full stop.


Truck Accident3TRICKS AND TIPS FOR SHARING ROAD SAFELY WITH HAULAGE TRUCKS: You’re in command of a 10 ton missile at 100 km/hr; he’s in command of a 100 ton missile! The end result of any form of collision, be it head-on, rear-end or road departure won’t be pretty. Think smart, drive smart and stay safe always.




Trucker’s Wild Experience Series

Kara AccidentEPISODE SIX- TRUCKERS’ WILD EXPERIENCE: A STITCH IN TIME THAT COULD HAVE SAVED LIVES: “…I had just driven past Magboro and gradually approaching the tail-end of the popular ‘long bridge’ inward Lagos when my professional roving eyes wandered to my left, the outbound portion of the Lagos-Ibadan express road. Then I saw it and suddenly I was overtaken by a cold chill that ran all the way down to my spine. ‘Ha! eleyi o bojumu ke’ was all I could mutter to myself which translated into English simply means ‘Alas! But this is not appropriate now’!

Anger ManagementEPISODE FIVE- TRUCKER’S WILD EXPERIENCE: ANGER MANAGEMENT- TRUCKER & HIS MOTOR BOY: ..An argument ensued. Gradually it became a shouting match. In no time, fingers were being poked at each other’s face. Around this time, the journey had progressed to Sagamu just a little after the Total Filling Station beside the road leading into Sagamu Town…Suddenly, a chap smack on the face that sounded like a plank being smashed on a dry pavement echoed in the cabin…


Ijebu-Itele AccidentEPISODE FOUR- TRUCKER’S WILD EXPERIENCE: ‘TROUBLE SLEEP, YANGA WAKE AM UP’ ALONG SAGAMU-BENIN HIGHWAY @ IJEBU-ITELE: And so he stopped and parked on the road shoulder which could barely contain the width of his trailer. A decision he was going to regret for a long time to come! He was just a few meters from where the friend in distress parked his truck when he heard shouts that were hardly coherent simultaneously followed by sound of screeching tyres terminating in a loud crunching of metals!…


Ollo AccidentEPISODE THREE- TRUCKER’S WILD EXPERIENCE: FLYING WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION AT OLLO, OYO-OGBOMOSO ROAD: The welded steel brace holding the fabricated left rear diesel-tank gave suddenly and the rectangular tank was sent flying in the air. With the combined speed at which the truck was moving and that of the wind, the flying empty tank automatically became a lethal weapon of mass destruction with force high enough to send a 3.5ton vehicle out of the road and into the ditch some 250meters away from the point of initial contact!..


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