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Kano Gives 50 Cars to Tricycle Operators, Taxi Drivers

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Kano state government has given 50 Toyota Corolla cars to tricycle and commercial taxi operators for public transport systems in the metropolis.

The offer of the new metropolitan commercial taxis came less than 24 hours after the government announced the restriction of tricycle operations on selected highways and business districts.

Although the state government later on Wednesday evening, suspended the tricycle operations restriction order, according to it, due to public outcry.

Addressing journalists on Wednesday during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the government and leadership of tricycle and taxis operators, the managing director, of Kano state Investment and Properties Ltd (KSIP), Dr. Jubrilla Mohammad said the intervention is to ease the pain of commuters as a result of the restriction placed on tricycles.

Dr. Mohammad explained the intention of the government to transform Kano into a mega city requires a reformation of its public transport system, which warranted the restriction of tricycle operations in some areas of the metropolis.

MD, KSIP with taxis drivers chairman after signing of the MoU

He said the government through his agency has introduced the first batch of 50 commercial taxis and 100 Mass Transport Buses to replace the withdrawal of tricycles on the selected routes.

While dotting the MoU, Mohammad noted that each vehicle is purchased at the sum of N3.7 million and would be sold for hire purchase model at the sum of N4.5 million. He emphasized that the parties agreed that the temporary owner would make an initial payment of N250,000 while the total sum must be remitted in installments in three years.

He said: “The intervention is to reduce congestion, sanitize the transportation system, and proliferation of commercial tricycles within the metropolis.

“You will recall that the government has placed restrictions on commercial tricycles on some roads. So the introduction of Taxis is to replace the gap.

“As a government agency, we are entrusted to invest in the transport system to alleviate the pain of the people. The owners will fill agreement form to manage it responsibly. It is important to note that the operations of the taxis are within the metropolis.

“Any driver that takes the car outside the metropolis would be detected and prosecuted because there is a tracker attached.”

On the deployment of Mass Buses, the Vice chairman of Kano Metropolitan Transport Company, Yusuf Aliyu Yakasai said the government invested N2.6 billion to purchase 100 buses.

Yakasai who intimated that passengers are required to make transport fares electronically added that 18, 000 automated smart Card for payment has been disbursed to residents.

He said the mass transit buses will commence full commercial service effective from Thursday first of December with conveyance of passengers from eight routes between 6.30 am to 8 pm daily.

Some of the routes earmarked for the buses and cars include Jogana, Tokarawa, Hadeija, and Mandubawa Batta axis; Kabuga down to Batta; Janguza, BUK new site, Kabuga, and Batta, among other routes.

Besides, Yakasai explained that some of the buses will also be deployed to Yusuf Maitama Sule University, BUK road, KUST Wudil, and Saadatu Rimin College on Zaria road to ease the transport challenges of the students.

(Solacebase)

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