This is my experience traveling from Zaria to Adamawa. On a normal day, Zaria to Adamawa is a 14 hrs journey. See how I end up spending 3 days.
It’s time for the Presidential election and I need to go home for the election break.
Wednesday 22 February I went to Adamawa sunshine park to book a car for my journey to Adamawa for the next day 23, unfortunately, It wasn’t successful, it was due to naira scarcity at the moment, and I wasn’t having cash, I could only transfer while the person in charge of the booking insist they don’t collect transfer I can only book if I’m having cash.
Well, he asked me to come back early in the morning and try to get at least half of the cash, getting half of the cash isn’t possible as almost no POS operator is having cash, and Getting cash at the bank is a nightmare due to the long queues and to some extent unavailability of the cash at the bank.
I woke up at 5 am Thursday 23 February to prepare for my uncertain journey, I couldn’t get half of the cash the man at the booking center ask me to get. I take my bath, get dressed and arrange my room As everyone would do when leaving the room for a while. Although I still have it in mind I might be coming back if the park insists on no transfer.
Instead of going to Adamawa sunshine park, I branch at the Gombe car park at kwangila Fly Over. Since I couldn’t get half of the cash I was asked to bring, I thought going to Adamawa sunshine park that morning will be a waste of time and the journey won’t be possible, I decided to go to Gombe State Car Park at Flyover.
On reaching the park I was told they’ll need half of the money in cash and then transfer the remaining. That’s almost the same thing I was told at Adamawa Park. I was confused as I was having One thousand naira cash with me. I plan to use 1000 to buy something to eat on the way.
The guys at the park only give attention to those having cash, cars were really scars at the park as lots of people are traveling for the election and it’s just 2 days to the election and it all feels like that’s the last day to travel before the election.
I meet a guy at the park Joseph Bala, he also wanted to travel to Gombe, having Five thousand naira cash and doesn’t have the remaining fee for the journey. He asks the guys at the park if he can give them the 5000 nairas and the balance them if he reaches Gombe, but they insist it won’t work. The fee was 7500 Zaria to Gombe.
I approached Joseph and ask him what’s the problem, and he explain it to me. I come up with an Idea, what if I add the 1000naira with me then we give them the 6000 as half of the cash for the two of us and I transfer the remaining cash? He’ll give me his remaining fee when we reach Gombe. Joseph thought it was a brilliant idea.
I give him the One thousand and we proceed to pay for half of our payments. After the payment, I transferred the remaining funds to them.
Now I am done with the transport payment Hassle and my journey is certain. Gombe to my local government in Adamawa isn’t very far, it’s a 2 hrs journey. If I can reach Gombe on the 23 I won’t have issues traveling to my home either that same day or the 24. All that matters is to reach home before 25 so I can participate in the election.
I meet Major SM Gama Gera
Major SM Gama Gera Is a military officer on transfer to Taraba state.
While waiting for the car to be full so we can take off. A man came to the park with a private car, a BMW X5. Looking for passengers to Taraba state, Joseph’s destination is Taraba but since he couldn’t find a car direct to Taraba he decided to head to Gombe first. On seeing the man Joseph approaches those in charge of the transport payment, and he asks them to transfer us to the Man car. Since he’s looking for passengers to Taraba. I’m going to Adamawa and one will have to pass through Adamawa before going to Taraba.
Well, it happened! Those in charge of the transport fee collection transfer us to the Man man’s car. The man’s name is Major SM Gama Gera. He’s a military officer. A Major in the military.
The man picked me, Joseph and another guy Abdul and another lady Agnes at the park. Abdul and I are going to Adamawa while Agnes and Joseph are going to Taraba. We are all happy we are In a nice-looking private car and of course, since it’s private and the driver is a major we will reach our destination early since there will be no delay for us at the checkpoints.
We entered the Car and were about to leave. The man in charge of the fee collection of the bus we paid initially came to give major SM our transport fee. He asked them to take 1k from everybody’s transport fee, the men did that and thanked him. Immediately they handed the money to him.
Major SM gave us the money that we should share, it was like a joke or some sort of prank to us, and we couldn’t believe it. The men in charge of fee collection at the park were also shocked and came back to ask him if he actually gave us the money back. lol
In disbelief we thank Major SM, as we begin the journey, Major SM said we are using the Kano route, but we are not using the saminaka route due to bad roads.
We began moving, we were happy and kept Appreciating major SM in the car, it was a rare kind of gesture that we didn’t expect.
On Zaria Kano road the car developed a fault, so we stopped to check it. Major SM was able to figure out the problem, it was an electric socket that got removed and he fixed it. But that was a temporary solution as what we used to fix couldn’t hold it well. We managed to get to a town where Major SM was able to buy super glue and 4 minutes to glue it.
We entered the car and proceeded with our journey. Getting close to Kano the car developed another issue. This time around we had to drop the luggage in the car boot to check the issue. After some minutes of trying to fix the issue it was successful and we proceeded with our journey. We followed the Bypass and didn’t enter Kano City.
This is the end of part One I’ll continue with the storyline on part 2.
Kalayiro Linus Dominic ~