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Kano govt to unveil new transport system as tricycle operators’ strike bites harder

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Kano govt to unveil new transport system as tricycle operators’ strike bites harder

The Kano state government will soon unveil a new transportation system within the metropolis.

The Director General of the Kano State Transit Agency, Baffa Babba-Dan’agundi, made this known while briefing journalists on the prolonged strike started by tricycle operators in the state.

“The government will unveil the new transportation system because we want to control the monopoly in the transportation system, as is the case now.

“The arrangements have already reached an advanced stage to provide residents with a means of transportation.

“Tricycle operators went on strike due to the introduction of the operating permit. The state government has reduced the cost from N100,000 to N8,000, so that they can pay.

“Although some have paid, others do not want to pay government revenues and the law says they must pay.

“They do not want to respect the law, they think that the security they are receiving is in vain.

“I have no authority to say that they should resume work.

“However, they have no authority to tell me not to ask for their data and not to arrest them and take appropriate action against them,” he said.

Babba-Dan’agundi said the government is concerned about security and not just the revenue side.

“Some of them perpetuate criminal acts with tricycles, they don’t want to register,” he said.

He also said that Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has ordered the agency to help those whose tricycles were damaged by some thugs when they decided not to join the strike.

Passengers were stranded in Kano on Monday after a week-long strike started by tricycle operators.

NAN reports that the development reduced the traffic jam normally experienced in the city as a result of the large number of tricycles.

Most passengers were left with no choice but to suspend their local trips within the metropolis or to walk.

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