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Commuters trek as Kano tricycle operators begin seven-day strike

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Commercial tricycle operators in Kano, popularly known as Adaidaita-sahu, on Monday commenced a strike that left busy roads, where they operate, deserted.

The PUNCH observed stranded commuters at major bus stops across Kano metropolis, some of whom embarked on long treks to their respective destinations.

“The strike has already resulted in low traffic on all the major roads in the metropolis, as only a few private vehicles were seen plying the deserted streets, a situation that has inflicted untold hardship on commuters, as well as invariably paralysed business activities in the bustling commercial city,” a source said.

Traders and students were the most affected, as they stood by roadsides following the commencement of the seven-day strike by commercial tricycle operators

It was reliably learnt that the tricycle operators embarked on the industrial action to protest the new registration number imposed on them by the Kano Road Traffic Agency.

The strike coincided with the resumption of schools in the state and compelled many schools to postpone their resumption date.

A trader, Shamsu Abdullahi, said he decided to trek from the Dorayi Quarters to the Kwari Market, a distance of about 15 kilometres, after waiting for over two hours without any commercial tricycle in sight.

According to him, before the commencement of the strike, he often paid N70 from Dorayi to the Katin Kwari Textile Market, lamenting, “Currently, with even N500, there is no commercial tricycle to take me to the market.

“I was forced to trek to the market about four kilometres and I don’t think I will come across any tricycle to convey me back home in the evening.

“I’m therefore calling on the state government to meet with the leadership of the tricycle operators and amicably resolve the dispute so as to enable them to call off the strike and resume their normal operations.”

It was learnt that the Bayero University Kano management rescheduled Monday’s lectures as the students found it difficult to get tricycle operators to convey them to lectures.

Some of the stranded students at the Mandawari junction lamented how they spent hours waiting for vehicles to take them to the school.

One of the students, who spoke on condition of anonymity said, “I think many of us will miss lectures today. I think the university authority should announce the suspension of lectures due to this strike.

“It is a difficult day for us as we have just resumed a new session. So, we will be waiting there to see if we will be lucky to get a vehicle.

“The KAROTA should provide an alternative means of transport to commuters, as this strike may affect studies and business activities in the state.”

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