Kano Keke riders suspend strike

Commercial tricycle riders in Kano have suspended their three-day-old strike.

The commercial riders went on strike over operational permits demanded by the Kano State Road and Traffic Agency (KAROTA).

The decision followed a meeting held on Wednesday between KAROTA’s managing director Baffa Babba-Dan’agundi, who represented the Kano government and leadership of the tricycle riders.

The meeting was held at the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) headquarters in Kano and moderated by Mahmoud Gadanya, a lawyer.

The lawyer of the Keke riders, Abba Hikima, announced the suspension of the strike while addressing journalists shortly after the meeting.

Mr Hikima stated that among the resolution reached at the meeting was that members of the association would resume operations on Thursday.

He added that the association would write to the Kano government to request a further reduction of the operation permit currently pegged at N8,000.

Mr Hikima also revealed that no commercial tricycle rider would be forced to continue to pay the amount until the government stated its position on the fee, which would be announced at a meeting to be convened on or before January 18.

The Keke riders’ counsel added that members of the association would also continue to pay the daily levy of N100, among other resolutions.


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