24 hours without tricycles on Kano streets

 

It’s 24 hours since the tricycle riders, popularly known as Adaidaita Sahu, embarked on strike in Kano State over alleged N100 daily levy enforced by the Kano Road Traffic Agency (KAROTA).

The tricycle riders had on Monday embarked on a 3-day strike in an effort to express their anger over tax placed on them by Kano state government.

They accused the road traffic agency of what they described as unwarranted extortion of N100 daily as registration number fee.

Daily Telescope recalled that sometimes in September last year an agreement was reached between leaders of the tricycle riders and the Managing Director of KAROTA, Alhaji Baffa Babba Danagundi on when and how this payment will go about.

However, leaders of the tricycle operators requested for three months grace to start the payment and the managing director of the agency granted them six months.

It was agreed that any tricycle rider that wants to pay N36,000 at once will enjoy a discount of 20 per cent, hence, will pay N28,000 instead of N36,000. The two parties also agreed that the tricycle riders have the options of paying the money at once, two or three instalments and or spread N36,000 to cover N100 per day.

Based on the agreement, the tricycle riders are expected to commence payment of the registration fee this month. However, instead of paying the charge, they embarked on a 3-day strike claiming that the payment processes were unfavorable to them.

Daily Telescope observed that the 3-day strike embarked by the tricycle riders has compelled thousands of commuters to resort to trekking to get to various destinations.

Students both males and females could be seen trekking to their respective schools from homes, while others resorted to seeking for lift from motorists that are going towards the directions of their schools.Many students and teachers in the state did not go to school on Monday following the strike, while others that have managed to go arrived late, Daily Telescope, learnt.

The strike also affects many workers in both public and private sectors in the state, as many of them could not report to their places of work due to scarcity of commercial transport.

Auwalu Ibrahim, a worker with a private company told Daily Telescope that he trekked for about 3 kilometers to reach to his place of work.

“It is terrible experience. I have never experienced this in life. I hope government and the tricycle riders will sheath their swords and resolve their differences so that to end the difficulties we are facing transporting ourselves to places of work.

“The government should look into the plights of the tricycle riders and the tricycle riders on their part should call off of the strike.”

Another commuter, Malama Suwaibah Musa Hotoro said she could not go to work because of the strike, adding that “I waited for like two hours to get a commercial taxi but I could not get any, hence decided to go back home.

“I only called my boss and tell him about the situation and he directed me to remain at home. He said even if I manage to go to work, it will be difficult for me to transport myself back home after closing hours”

However, for the commercial drivers of taxi, bus and mini-tuck popularly known as Kurkura, the strike is blessing, as it helps them make huge gains.

These drivers have taken over the activities of tricycle riders in the state. They embarked on transporting passengers to various destinations within the metropolis.

Daily Telescope observed that the taxi and bus drivers that were hitherto scarce in the metropolis, have now returned to streets in full force, due to non-availability of the commercial tricycles. 

Aminu Sulaiman, a trader in Sabon-Gari market said he resorted to board Kurkura to the market because he has no option, lamenting that “had it been, we have enough commercial buses operating in the state, I would not mind to wait for hours to board a decent vehicle than Kurkura.

“But since I do not have any option, I have to patronize the Kurkura drivers to take me to market. The strike has taught me a lesson, I will now buy motorbike to avoid this kind of embarrassment in the future.”

Alhaji Abdulsalam Mukhtar is a motorist and he told Daily Telescope that the strike turns blessing to many motorists in the state, as according to him it has enable free movement of vehicles in the metropolis.

“This is a development that many motorists in the state will appreciate. I drove freely from my home at Na’ibawa quarters to Farm center. For the last 10 years, I never enjoy driving in Kano like yesterday (Monday).

“The tricycle riders are just nothing but nuisance. They cause many road accidents in the state. And above all, they are very aggressive whenever you have an issue with them.”

Also commenting, Malam Muhammad Isa Dakata said: “Although, the strike affects many people, however, government has not gets an opportunity of controlling the tricycle. The tricycle riders are very difficult people to deal with.

“Government should now put in place effective laws and mechanisms for enforcement to control activities of the tricycle riders in the state. Government must do this before the tricycle riders call off their strike so that laws will take effect on the day they return operations.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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