Kano State House of Assembly has called on the state government to order the Kano-Road Traffic Agency (KAROTA) to stop further registration of tricycle operators in the state, saying they are too many.
The Assembly made the call on Monday following a motion of urgent public importance by the member, representing (APC Kunchi/Tsanyawa constituency) Garba Ya’u-Gwarmai.
The Managing Director of KAROTA, Baffa Dan’agundi had recently disclosed that no fewer than 65,000 tricyclists so far registered with the agency.
PlatinumPost had reported that the tricycle operators embarked on a warning strike across the state, to protest the collection of N100 tax by the state government, which their unions kicked against the strike.
According to Gwarmai, the attitude and manners of many tricycle operators in the state are worrisome, saying that they are lawbreakers, lack discipline and disrespectful.
“The cause of their strike, which is the issue of tax collection, is not a thing of concern compared to what other states like Kaduna, Lagos and other states are paying.
“And the tax is collected, the Government uses it for the development of the state, which the tricycle operators also enjoy the presence of such projects in the state.
“As you are aware, even during the COVID-19 pandemic, due to the revenue collection in the state, the developmental programmes of the state government still continued.
“Therefore, the state government should provide an alternative to ensure that the operation of tricycle operators is being regulated and controlled. And also their mode of dress should be addressed.
“The operators’ mode of dressing should be looked at because most of them dress indecently, they are under age and operate under drug influence.
“They should also be stopped from operating on the highways so as to avoid the loss of lives as it has been recorded.” He advised.
After contributions by the lawmakers, the motion was adopted and a call was made on the state government to urgently look into the issue with the hope to sanitise the business.