By Bashir Bello
The Kano State government on Wednesday made a U-turn on its decision restricting the movement of tricycles on some major roads and highways across the state.
The decision followed the public outcry which greeted the government’s earlier decision as a lot of residents were left stranded and trekking a distance due to a lack of proper arrangements for other means of transportation.
The Managing Director of Kano State Road Traffic Agency, KAROTA, Baffa DanAgundi while briefing newsmen on Wednesday evening announced the government’s resolve to rescind its decision.
DanAgundi said: “The government resolved to allow the tricycle to continue to ply the roads alongside the vehicles provided pending when arrangements were fully completed.
“We moved around to see for ourselves the enforcement of restriction of movement of the tricycles and we gathered that the company saddled with the responsibility is not yet fully prepared in such a way that residents would not suffer any form of the hardship of means of transportation like we have seen today, a situation where residents and students trekked because the arrangement was not fully completed.
“The government commended the sense of maturity displayed by the leadership and the operators for not staging protests or embarking on strike. So in light of this, the government told the operators to meet with their leaderships and comply their names for an onward arrangement where the vehicles (those procured and to be procured) will be handed over to them to operate,” DanAgundi however stated.
Recall that the govt had on Tuesday announced restrictions on the movement of tricycles on major roads and highways which include Ahmadu Bello way by Mundubawa way to Gezawa and Tal’udu road to Gwarzo road with effect from Wednesday.
As early as 8 am, security agencies including men of the KAROTA, Civil Defence, and other enforcement agencies took over strategic positions of the major roads and highways to effect clamp down on violators of the restriction order.
The tricycle movement restriction left residents including school children stranded and trekking a distance to their various destinations.