My name is Francis Gyimah, and I've been a taxi driver for 18 years. I began driving when I was 20 years old, and I am now 38 years. The taxi industry is such that most drivers just make ends meet at the end of each month.
Many drivers do not own vehicles and instead work for car owners. With the launch of Uber, Taxify, Bolt, and other similar services, the market has declined. When these okada riders entered the scheme, things got even worse.
My car broke down three years ago, forcing me to sit at home for nearly six months. I had to work at the station as a bookkeeper in order to support my family. For certain people in this world, things are extremely difficult. My car became rusty so I had to take it to the body works. When they finished working on the body, I couldn't raise enough money to go get my car.
I told my pastor of my predicament, and he offered to assist me with some funds. Furthermore, I went to get my car, but unfortunately, I was involved in an accident that totally destroyed my car beyond repair. That day was the beginning of the end for me.
I was unemployed for nearly a year before I met this wealthy man who gave me a car to drive. We made a deal to work and pay for the car. We all agreed and signed the document on paper for future use. After a long period of unemployment, I was relieved to be able to provide for my family. My wife began to treat me with the respect she had always shown me.
My car owner changed his mind about the deal we made after three years, when I had completely worked and paid for the car. He told me that the money wouldn't be enough to cover the cost of the car, so I should work for another year.
My wife kept me from reporting the incident to the police. I do not understand why he should changed his mind all of a sudden when I have fully paid for the car. It seems the rich men are always powerful in the society than the average person. I don't know what to do now. Should I continue to work for another year or I should report to the police?
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