Tricycle riders who have been on strike in Kano have called off their industrial action and are to resume work immediately.
The leadership of Amalgamated Commercial Tricycle Riders of Nigeria state ordered its member to resume operation with immediate effect.
The chairman of the association, Mansur Tanimu confirmed this on Tuesday.
He said the decision is an outcome of a meeting held Tuesday evening between Kano State Roads and Traffic Agency (KAROTA) on one hand, Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and their union on the other.
“After the tripartite meeting we had with KAROTA and NLC, we have directed our leaders at Local Government level to discuss with their excos and suspend the strike with immediate effect, we have made our demands and some of them have been met, we can’t have all of them, but we have achieved so much,” Tanimu said.
The strike was called to protest a N100 daily tax enforced by the state government through the Kano State Roads and Traffic Agency (KAROTA) among other issues.
Briefing journalists at a joint press conference earlier at KAROTA hedaquarters, the state NLC chapter chairman in Kano state, Kabiru Ado Minjibir, said the warring parties have agreed the sheathe their swords.
According to him, “Arising from the impasse between the KAROTA and the leadership of Tricycle Riders/Owners Association, the leadership of NLC, TUC, JNC and KCSF summoned a joint meeting chaired by Comrade Kabiru Ado Minjibir (chairman NLC Kano state) with the MD of KAROTA with the aim of intervening to have amicable resolution on the matter of striking Tricycle Riders in the state.”
Minjibir further stated that after extensive and fruitful deliberations, both parties agreed to toe the path of peace, as tricycle riders decided to call off the strike.
He, however, listed resolutions reached at the peace parley to include, “That all tricycle riders in the state are to pay a token tax of N100 daily as provided by the Kano state Revenue administration law, schedule 2 item 9 congestion charges amendment law 2017.
“That the first payment of N100 should be made through Remita to enable data capture in Kano State Board of Internal Revenue/KAROTA Cyber which shall be done within two weeks time effective from today, 23 February, 2021 after which KAROTA will commence enforcement and the Cyber shutdown, so that nobody will access it to enable control.
“That the subsequent payment of N100 daily tax should follow by the tricycle operators which can be done through their android phone or Post (Point Of Sale) machine with an option of daily, monthly, quarterly, or yearly payment at the Cafe (which is not compulsory).
“That all tricycle riders in the state should write their number boldly at the back of each tricycle for easy identification and security purposes,” Minjibir added.