Ejiro Otarigho, a tanker driver who in the interest of the public drove away a burning fuel tanker from a community in Delta has said he needs a new tanker.
Otarigho last week drove his tanker which later caught fire at a place where people inhabits. He had to immediately drive it to a river bank.
The action brought to bare by the Delta Tanker driver has earned him several commendations from Deltans and the State Government, he however will prefer his tanker replaced than get a national honour.
have received calls from them (Delta state government) but I am not interested in any national honour of any sort right now,” he said.
“I know God has brought me to a good place where my story is now being told. All I want is a replacement for my burnt tanker so I can go back to my job.
“I have just been at home and truck driving was the only way I fed. It has not been easy for me since I lost my tanker.”
Asked if he would like to get a new job and abandon the dangerous business of tanker driving, he said, “of course, I will. It is a risky job”.
“Imagine if I had died that day, nothing would have been said of me. If the government has something better for me, I will do it without looking back. All I want is to be able to take care of myself and my family legitimately,” he said.