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Meet Abiola Fatima Isa, first female Nigerian train driver
ABIOLA Fatima Isa is one of the few Nigerians and the first female to be trained as a train driver in China.
She received a-two-year training in China and also worked as a driver’s assistant for another two years in China.
Isa works for China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) Nigeria and can drive different kinds of trains, including locomotive.
She met President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday at the commissioning of Abuja light rail.
As part of the things she is interested in doing, Isa says: “I will love to teach a lot of people and put them through the same way I was trained”.
As the 1st China-trained woman train driver in Nigeria, Abiola Isa wants to inspire more local women pic.twitter.com/O43JCEghuN
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) December 22, 2017
After the commissioning of the Abuja light rail, Isa while in transit with the dignitaries , had a long conversation with President Buhari.
While in transit from the Idu Metro Station to Airport Station, President @MBuhari interacts with Abiola Fatima Isa, the first female train driver in Nigeria. They have a long conversation on her wonderful experience. Fatima also speaks Chinese fluently. #AbujaMetro pic.twitter.com/8FWTe6Qyhd
— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) July 12, 2018
With this feat, Abiola joins the league of Funmilayo Ransome Kuti, first Nigerian woman to drive a car and Chinyere Kalu, first female Nigerian commercial pilot.