Commuters, students stranded as tricycle operators withdraw service in Kano

10/01/2022 8:20:00 PM

Commuters, students stranded as tricycle operators withdraw service in Kano

Commuters, students stranded as tricycle operators withdraw service in Kano

The tricycle operators are protesting against government levy of N8, 000 for the renewal of tricycle number plates.

operators withdrew their services for the first day of a planned one-week strike.Published 8 January 2022 The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, Boboye Oyeyemi has commiserated with the families and victims of Thursday road crash that occurred around Bagauda Law School, on Kano-Zaria expressway, which claimed 19 lives He also ordered his commanding officers to clamp down on commercial vehicle operators that failed to install the speed limiting device.File photo of fire Daily Trust Sun, 09 Jan 2022 09:31:01 GMT The Kano State Fire Service has confirmed the death of one-year-old boy, Sulaiman Usaini, and his mother, 25-year-old Zainab Yusha’u, at Gwarzo Road by Gidan Kaji in Kano.Upon arriving at Gomo, it is exactly a distance of 130 kilometers away from Kano metropolis.

The operators are protesting against government levy of N8, 000 for the renewal of tricycle number plates.Tricycles, locally called ‘Adaidaita Sahu’ in Kano, are the dominant mode of intra-city transportation in the commercial nerve centre of Northern Nigeria.Oyeyemi stated this in a statement on Saturday by the Corps Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, titled, ‘Corps Marshal condoles with the families of victims of Kano-Zaria road crash, orders commanding officers to intensify clampdown on speed limit violation.The protest of the operators began after the state’s Road Traffic Agency (KAROTA) announced the N8,000 renewal register aside from daily levy of N120 on each tricycle.“We received a distress call at about 07:00a.Students who coincidentally resumed school on the day were greeted by the face-off between the government and the tricycle operators.The statement said, “While commiserating with families of the deceased and other victims, Oyeyemi stated that eradicating speed-related crashes from the highways has been the major focus since his assumption of office as the Corps Marshal.There were long lines of commuters, especially students, stranded or trekking along roads in the metropolis.It is believed that the Cholera outbreak, which is not far behind, left an indelible mark on the people of Gomo.

The head of KAROTA, Baffa Dan’agundi, insisted on Monday that the government will not back down on its levy.m,” he said.PREMIUM TIMES observed that the development reduced traffic gridlock normally experienced in the city as a result of high number of tricycles.Habu Danmalam, a trader, lamented that commoners wiill feel the brunt of the face-off between the government and the tricycle operators.“Tricycle is our only means of transportation.“With good effort of our fire personnel, we were able to bring the fire under control so as not to spread to other neighbours’ house,” he stated.These people (government) want to kill us because we are of no use to them,” Mr Danmalam said He begged the government to consider the plight of commoners and resolve the issue amicably.However, one may wonder why the about 10,000 population of Gomo residents are forced to depend on just two boreholes as the source of drinking water.

Buhari Ibrahim, another Kano resident, said the strike would affect students because many parents rely on tricycles to convey them to schools.However, the Secretary, Kano State Transport Associations Forum, Ashiru Sallau, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the union did not ask its members to embark on the strike.Quality journalism costs money.Mr Sallau said: “The Union did not direct their members to go for the strike but some of our members resolved to take the decision, not under our umbrella.“We discussed with the government when it introduced some measures regarding our operations.We asked the government to remove some of the levies to enable our members continue to earn their livelihood,” Mr Sallau said..Our correspondent observed that besides using the water to wash their clothes, bath and other needs, it is also used for ablution, cooking and drinking.

“It is in the process that some members decided to go for the strike, and not with our mandate.We are seeing what is happening in other states where they banned tricycle operations.“The strike is the decision of some members who don’t want to be obedient to the rules and regulations,” Mr Sallau told NAN.Not the first time reported early last year how commercial tricycle operators withdrew their services in the city to protest government levy.In the previous protest, the operators were against the tax policy of the government that requires each tricycle operator to make a bulk payment of N18,000 as the daily levy for six months, before transiting to daily N100 levy.“Shortly after it subsided, it spread to a nearby Bura Village under Ningi Local Government of Bauchi State.

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