In a groundbreaking move for gender equality in Nigeria’s transportation industry, a young woman named Somaga Tonia has made waves on social media by revealing that she is now a train driver for the Lagos Rail Mass Transit (LMRT) Blue Line rail system.
Somaga, who studied Mass Communication, has defied gender norms by taking on a role that has traditionally been dominated by men. She joins Issa Fatimoh Abiola, who is currently a train driver with China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), as one of the few women in Nigeria to hold this position.
The news of Somaga’s appointment has been met with widespread acclaim on Twitter, with users hailing her as a trailblazer for women in the transportation industry. Many have noted the importance of breaking down gender barriers in traditionally male-dominated fields, and have expressed their admiration for Somaga’s courage and determination.
In a statement, Somaga expressed her excitement at the opportunity to work as a train driver, saying: “I am thrilled to be a part of the LMRT Blue Line rail system, and to have the chance to contribute to Nigeria’s growing transportation infrastructure. I believe that women have a vital role to play in this industry, and I am proud to be one of the few female train drivers in Nigeria.”
Somaga’s appointment comes as part of a wider push for gender equality in Nigeria’s transportation industry, which has historically been male-dominated. The LMRT Blue Line rail system has been actively recruiting more women into its ranks, and Somaga’s appointment is seen as a significant step forward in this effort.
Overall, Somaga’s story is a testament to the power of determination and perseverance in the face of gender-based discrimination. Her appointment as a train driver is a victory for women in Nigeria and serves as a reminder that barriers can be overcome through hard work and dedication.